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SoCal Trip 2013 Recap

I was hoping to get to this recap sooner or later, so here it is.  It’s a month late, but better late than never, I guess. 

Last month I went on a SoCal trip with Anna. We have always wanted to do this trip, so we decided to save up for a couple months and plan for it. We stayed in the SoCal area for 4 nights and 5 days.

Day 1

The first few days we stayed in San Diego. We were fortunate to have one of Anna’s close friends house us for our time being there. The first day consisted of the long road down to San Diego. We decided to make a pit stop and check out the musical road in Lancaster, CA. If you’re ever in the area, check it out, it’s worth the time. After a long 8 hour trip, we finally made it to La Jolla. The night consisted of delicious Korean Barbeque from Manna, and adventures around the downtown area. 

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Day 2

We decided to check out the beaches in San Diego. We first had breakfast at Hash House A Go Go. Check out the yelp reviews, it speaks for itself. Afterwards We ended up checking out Cornada beach. There’s a reason why San Diego is known for their beaches, and I got to experience it first hand, from the soft, white sand to the perfect beach temperature. It was so relaxing that we ended up taking a nap on the beach for a good hour. Towards the end of the evening we had dinner at Phil’s Bbq. The BBQ itself was delicious, but where the place really shines is it’s customer service.  If you’re short on time, it’s a place I wouldn’t recommend dude to long lines (although to-go is the perfect solution) but if you have all day, go ahead and check it out. After dinner we went to the Del Mar Fair. This fair had a much more warmer and playful vibe to it than the ones back home in the Bay Area. After the fair we went to go check out UCSD’s landmark Graffiti Hall. It is a small shack with a few levels, where artists of all kind are allowed to decorate the walls. 

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Day 3 

We left SD and made our way to Los Angeles. Anna had some friends back in Davis that lived in the LA area, so we decided to go visit them. For the evening, we made our way to the famous LACMA. We were hoping to check out the museum itself, but we ended up running out of time and made our way to the LACMA lights. I already had an idea of what it looked like due to photos on Facebook and Instagram, but it was much more larger and beautiful than I expected. Unfortunately, I only brought a prime lens with me so I wasn’t able to take wide shots of the place. We were hoping to catch more sight seeing, but the long drive to LA and the cold weather wore us out, so we decided to catch up on some rest so that we could make use of our full day tomorrow. 

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Day 4


Day 4 I would say was the most eventful. The morning started off with red velvet pancakes at The Griddle Cafe in Hollywood. A definite must for breakfast if you’re ever in the area.

Afterwords we made our way to the landmark Hollywood sign. I know to get to the actual sign itself there is a hiking trail you have to take. but the hot weather made that a less viable option. Instead we found an area where people take pictures in front of it. The sign itself was still a good 300 feet away, but it was close enough.

After seeing the landmark, made our way to the Griffith Observatory. A friend of mine that goes to school in the area recommended me this place for the ultimate views of Los Angeles, and it did not disappoint. If you’re looking for a breathtaking view of all of LA, this is the place to be. I was hoping to make this place the last stop for the day, our day was just packed with so many things to do. 

We left the observatory and made our way to Angels Knoll, aka the “500 Days of Summer” park. It is a small park located in the corner of downtown. The park itself was ok; spots of grass and dirt show its wear and tear over the years. But what I really liked was the contrast between nature and the city. The park is located on a hill that overlooks a smal part of downtown. I was sad to find out that the placard that trademarked the bench as the “500 Days of Summer” bench was stolen. Nevertheless, it was pretty much what I pictured. We even saw the parking garage that Tom Hansen was talking about. 

We ended the day by checking out the Santa Monica pier. Anna was telling me how beautiful it was, pretty much like an “upgraded” Santa Cruz Beach Board Walk. Unfortunately we went on a day where the fog covered most of it. Still, the pier was open so we decided to check it out. 

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Overall, the SoCal trip was a success. Although it was a pricey trip, especially with the gourmet eats, it was all worth it. It’s one of the reasons why we took the trip, for the food. I’ll definitely have another SoCal trip in the works. 

“Our destination is never place, but a new way of seeing things.” 
-Henry Miller

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