Two week ago, Sean and I took a long weekend out to the LA area and called it our anniversary trip. We flew into LAX on Saturday morning and drove into Santa Monica where our friend let us stay at his apartment for the weekend. We arrived around 10:30 AM, so we had the whole day to explore. Unfortunately we woke up in Dallas at 5:00 AM to catch our flight and knew this day wouldn't be anything too thrilling.
We walked around the Santa Monica Promenade and ate lunch at Blue Plate Taco. I got the lobster tacos and they were incredible! We decided to use the rest of this day to hang out at the beach and relax. The great thing about Santa Monica is that you can pretty much walk right to the beach, so we did.. and when we got to the beach, it was breathtaking! We all know my mermaid obsession, so when it comes to water and the ocean, I am overwhelmed with a feeling of serenity and beauty. However, walking to the beach was quite a trek! The Santa Monica beach is the widest beach I have ever seen. I feel like we walked a mile in the sand and by the time we got close to the water, I just wanted to collapse. We dipped our feet into the ocean, but it was way too cold for us to swim (even though other people were definitely in the water). We laid on the sand for a little over an hour and then met up with some friends at the Santa Monica Pier. I've always wanted to eat ice cream and walk along the pier, so that is exactly what they did. The pier has a little carnival on it and it was totally crowded. We walked along the pier long enough for me to eat my ice cream and us make a full lap. Once we were done with the lap, we were done.
Since we did wake up so early and knew we were going to get up early again the next day, we decided to have a quiet dinner at a little Italian place a block away from the apartment and go to bed early. I think we were in bed by 8:30 that night!
On Sunday, we woke up early and headed to our friends in Long Beach. We picked them up and continued on to the San Diego Zoo. When I was younger, I have these great memories of a trip to San Diego and seeing all kinds of animals and having the best time. I thought it was at the zoo, but now having gone again as an adult, I think I actually went to SD Sea World... But the zoo was a great time. It was way hotter than we anticipated it being for California in October, but luckily the shaded areas felt great. We spent the entire day walking through the zoo and checking out all of the animals. A zoo is a zoo and I feel like all animals are pretty much the same at any zoo, but the actual walking paths and area itself was hilly and pretty, so I did enjoy the day.
That night, Sean and I went to the San Diego pier and watched the sun go down over the water. We ended up eating in the Gaslamp Quarter at Searsucker after I remembered getting that recommendation from a friend. It was also delicious :)
Monday was my favorite day. Sean and I decided to just drive up the coast into Malibu and see more ocean, mansions, and mountains. We ended up pulling off into this tiny beach area where we had to walk down a very steep flight of stairs to get to this very secluded (public) beach. It was covered with rocks on one side and sand on the other, but it put you right there on the water. It was so incredible and I again, was overwhelmed by the sea. I really feel like I need to live on a beach somewhere. Once we finished taking 100s of pictures, we started into the mountains and drove along Mulholland Drive. We saw wineries, horseback trails, beautiful cliffs and landscape as we wound our way through Topanga State Park. It's too bad that neither one of us really drink because it would have been so fun to stop off at a winery. We continued on a drove into Hollywood just so Sean could say he's been to Hollywood. We literally drove down Hollywood Boulevard so I could show Sean the Hollywood sign, Chinese Theater and Walk of Fame and turned around to go back. There was way too much traffic to be enjoyable.
For our last night in Cali, we met our friends for dinner on the beach before calling it a night and packing for our return trip home. It was a wonderful trip and I loved being by the beach. If I were wealthy, I think I would definitely live in Malibu and walk along the beach every single day. I'd be ok without the LA traffic though, so maybe I'll dream of a tropical place that's a little more secluded. I love doing life with Sean though.. He is my best friend and we have such a great time together wherever we are. As long as I have him, life is a dream.