You know how sometimes you build something up in your mind to be one way and it ends up being completely different? Well, California just wasn’t one of those times. In my mind, I knew it was going to be awesome and it surely did not disappoint. I’ve always wanted to visit the West Coast. I visited the Pacific Northwest in 2007 and just got a taste of the culture. But of course, southern California is completely different than the PNW. This entire vacation (well, the majority of it) was spent on the sand, or riding bikes along the ocean. And I can’t complain one bit.
When we arrived in Orange County on Wednesday, I immediately started Celebrity Watch 2014 (little did I know that most celebs fly into LAX, not John Wayne… oops.) When my father-in-law picked us up and we pulled out onto the road, it looked exactly as I pictured it. Palm trees lining the road and clear, deep blue skies. I knew I was in Heaven.
As soon as we got to the beach house in Newport, I basically ran to the ocean. It’s been such a long time since my toes have been in the sand, and they’ve never been in the Pacific Ocean so needless to say I couldn’t wait. Once we got acquainted with the beach, I learned how to ride a bike (again) and we rode up and down the beach before grabbing tacos for dinner. We ate them (delicious, by the way) while watching the sunset over the Ocean, one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen.
Thursday and Friday were spent riding the bikes all over Newport and Huntington Beach. There’s nothing I can say about this other than the fact that A) trying to ride a bike after not having done so for about 12 or 13 years is HARD and B) after relearning how to ride, I’m pretty much convinced I need a bike now. It was so much fun riding around and enjoying the sea breeze and sun. Unfortunately I couldn’t bottle those and bring them back to Texas with me.
Saturday was probably one of the coolest days of my life. We took the short trip from Newport to LA and attended a taping of a show. Not only is that something on my bucket list, but Craig Ferguson is the host of the show, so it was pretty awesome to see him in person! Obviously I don’t have any pictures from the actual show, so outside the studios will have to do.
All in all, California was just as amazing as I expected. The food was delish, the weather was perfect, the traffic wasn’t as bad as people say it is… so when can I go back?
For those that have stuck around for all of September and this whole ‘blog everyday’ thing, THANK YOU. I couldn’t have done it without you. For those who linked up, I hope this helped you rediscover your love of blogging. I know that it sure did that for me.