Smiling is my favorite!
I finally made it from coast to coast! I love seeing friends and making new ones. That is exactly what I have been doing. I started this leg of my trip staying with my college roommate in Topanga Canyon, outside of Los Angeles. The first night we went to her boyfriends Reggae Band show in Santa Monica, which was a lot of fun. I had never been hit on so many times in one night, but Brooke and I survived the shark tank! I also met up with some friends from Florida that happen to be on vacation in the area and a girl I met in Costa Rica in December. I have another college friend who lives in L.A. She was working The L.A. Fashion Week while I was there and got us VIP tickets. We had a blast. I loved seeing everyone and catching up!
When I was leaving L.A. my car wouldn’t start again. I called AAA and they replaced my battery so I wont be having that problem again. Third time was enough for me! At least I had a good view.
Time for Carlie San Diego to finally go to San Diego!
I got a hostel by Ocean Beach, which was much better then the last one. I spent the day at La Jolla Beach watching the sea lions and the beautiful views. I also took a stroll around Old Town, tasting some of San Diego’s craft beers. I met up with a friend that night in South Park, where they were having an event. We bar hopped and stopped at random parking lots and house fronts where bands were playing. I tried a lot of local beer. My favorite was one called the Velociraptor 😉 After the alarm went off in the morning, I spent the day at the zoo with some friends. This world famous zoo is like a theme park, so many animals! After a day of walking we decided a hot tub was needed, so we just snuck into a hotel/club in La Jolla and used theirs (why not). We finished the night with an amazing sushi dinner. San Diego was definitely a success.
The Pacific Coast Highway is a drive I highly recommend! If you planning on taking this drive, give yourself time to make as many stops and hikes as possible. I started right a the beginning of the PCH, stopping in LA again to have lunch with a childhood friend who I hadn’t seen in 10 years! I ended up staying the night in San Luis because the sun was down and I was exhausted. The next part of the drive is incredible. I spent the entire day taking pictures and going on small hikes. The waves were insane! I sat at one spot in Big Sur watching the waves for 45 minutes. Got too close at one point and my shoes got soaked. I ended the day with a hike at Point Lobos. If you are planning on doing this drive, Point Lobos is a must. I stayed the night in Carmel, since there is no point in driving after the sun goes down.
I started my morning with the famous 17 mile drive and continued along the coastline. I stopped in Santa Cruz for the night to visit family. I might be biased, but I have a pretty awesome family! My aunt and uncle grilled and my cousins came with their kids. It was really good to seem them all and catch up. We took a nice scenic walk along the coastline and got to meet my uncle’s horse. It was another beautiful day with great people!
More friends from Florida happen to be in the area while I was in San Francisco. I am so glad this ended up working out! We rented bikes and spent the day biking over the Golden Gate bridge to Sausalito and then taking the ferry back across the bay. Towards the end my friend thought it would be cool to jump the curb and popped the tire on his bike. I found this quite funny! The next day we decided to do a self guided brewery tour, with a stop at the “Full House” house of course. We tried a lot of different beers, getting flights everywhere we went and sharing. We also went to some interesting places, sang karaoke, lost a phone and sunglass, almost guided the Lyft driver an hour away, but in the end made it home safe and sound. Phenomenal time in San Francisco!
Now that I have driven the coast line, I want to see the National Parks. I headed back south and spent Easter with My family in Santa Cruz. I started the day visiting the Mystery Spot. The Mystery Spot The guides have a lot of corny jokes, which I love! It is a very weird feeling being there. The guide has a level to show what is a flat surface even though it doesn’t look flat. They did demonstrations where people seemed shorter then they should and balls rolled uphill. Very interesting place. Everyone standing around looked like they were in the Smooth Criminal Michael Jackson video.
Onto more California fun!