Touristy Tuesday: LA Edition

Can you believe it? I’m actually doing a Touristy Tuesday post on the right day! Hurray! The last week has been a whirlwind. It’s our first official week on the job, out on the road and so we’ve been busy adjusting to the new schedule.

Landing in California!

After the overnight stay in Santa Barbara, Abe and I headed down to LA.

Our first night in town we had to head down to Long Beach to drop off the work vehicle for an event that week. That’s when we learned our first lesson: anywhere you go in LA will take twice as long to get to as you expected and will cost twice as much.

After the pitstop at the Long Beach Expo Center, we went to the The Pike Rainbow Harbor area. Talk about some spectacular views.

Abe and I went up in the ferris wheel, which was a blast. He’s crazy afraid of heights, so I enjoyed exacerbating that fear by rocking the car as much as possible!

While we walked around I found these awesome benches, inscribed with the names of the winners of the Long Beach marathon. New goal? I think so! Haha, just kidding!

Wednesday we headed over to Anaheim to catch an Angels game. Tickets were only $10, so how could we not do it? It was around inning four though that we both realized how apathetic we are toward baseball. Don’t get me wrong, we had a total blast at the game, but mutually agreed that unless there are ample amounts of beer and brats, it’s just not for us.

On our day off we knew we had to do one thing before leaving LA – go to the beach! We packed up the company car and headed off to Huntington Beach. Talk about paradise!

Abe and I pretty much laid out in the sun for the entire afternoon. Oh yeah, and fell asleep only to awake to horrible sunburns on our backs. Yikes!! So much for that golden California tan!

The next few days we were working pretty long hours and didn’t get too much time out on the town. On our one off night in LA we grabbed a cab and went down to Main St. in Huntington Beach. Imagine – the Vegas Strip meets the California Cool at the Beach. It was packed and we bar hopped from place to place. Not a bad time although the cab fare was outrageous!

Before we left LA for our next stop, we made one last trip out to HB and had dinner on Main St – which was much different in the daytime. We ate at Fred’s, right on the Pacific Coast Highway. Packed with people and serving absolutely delicious food, it was the perfect ending to this stop in Los Angeles.

Up next: Arizona!

To answer your lingering questions: No, we didn’t go to Disneyland. No, we didn’t go to Hollywood. And no, we didn’t see any celebrities. Next time! We’ll be back soon enough!

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Sun, Sand, and Santa Barbara

Hello California!

I just landed in Santa Barbara, California this afternoon and am already having a blast! Abe and I are just going to be here one night, but we wanted to make the most of it.

So we went and checked out the beach.

Abe’s first trip to the Pacific Ocean!

Then we took the 25 cent trolley down State Street and had dinner at the Santa Barbara Brewing Company. We asked three people where to go for dinner and that was the first suggestion from all three!

I had a Hawaiian (teriyaki and pineapple) turkey burger on a lettuce wrap with asparagus. So good! Like I said in my last post, the last two weeks I’ve been eating quite well, so this was my attempt to try to be healthy while we’re still eating on the road. Looking forward to trying my hand at hotel room cooking later this week!

And then, OF COURSE, we went for a run! My first beachside run! I lived in San Diego for nine months a while ago, but I wasn’t into running at the time. All that great scenery I missed out on then, I’m finally having the chance to make up for it!

We did 4.5 miles. We were going for 5 miles, but there was so much going on that we wanted to walk the last .5 miles to take everything in.

Along the way we had a true California experience: tons of street musicians rocking out next to their vans and tons of homeless (who may have started out as said street musicians). The music was great though – I felt like I was at a Rock ‘n Roll race!

We finished the run by cooling off in the Pacific Ocean! I still can’t get over that my life is going to be like this for the next year! I feel like the luckiest girl in the world!

Bonus pic: here’s the park across the street from our hotel!