I decided to do something really big for my 30th birthday. My twenties had been full of trial and error, marriage, divorce, having children, buying homes and cars, a lengthy stint of unemployment, dating, and learning myself. Six of those years were dedicated to school and I had not left the state of Missouri in ten long years. Needless to say, I was long overdue to get away…far away.
I had narrowed it down to three destinations: New York, New Orleans, or California. So, I opted for California for the weather and the beaches. I must say, it was the best decision I could have ever made. I booked two plane tickets and the planning began. My love and I were looking forward to the quality time with each other, the change of scenery, and the relaxation that I rarely get at home.
We got off the plane, retrieved our luggage from the baggage claim area, and picked up our rental car. Once we got through the airport garage and hit the highway towards the hotel, I quickly realized why California was the place to be; why SO many songs had been written about it, and why celebrities lived, shopped, and vacationed there. The weather was awesome. The palm trees lined the streets beautifully.
We stayed in Los Angeles and I had two goals while visiting. Goal #1: Eat from as many different restaurants as possible, with Roscoe’s topping the list 🙂 Goal #2: Watch the sun set on Venice Beach.
We had a ball touring the city on Hollywood Boulevard and Sunset where the city never sleeps. We went through Long Beach to Shoreline and saw all the little shops and boats. We visited Redondo Beach Pier and walked along the Boardwalk where they catch all the fresh seafood.
The highlight of the trip was most definitely Venice Beach. There were so many people shopping, surfing, eating, dancing, playing basketball, getting tattoos, tap dancing, you name it. I stopped off in one of the tattoo shops to inquire about a tattoo and almost missed the beautiful sunset! My love was already snapping pictures as I ran out to join him and took a few of my own. He got the better ones though….
Overall, the trip was wonderful. We both enjoyed ourselves, each other, and being away from the daily routine of life. We made our own music playlist that served as a soundtrack to the trip. The weather, the weather, the weather, and the the beach is what I will miss most. We took lots of pictures and made videos to capture the memories of the good times we had. I am looking forward to going back real soon.