After a fun two days in Yosemite (for Chris!), we drove the 5 or so hours down to LA with only a short stop to get antibiotics. We were both incredibly excited to get to LA to see Chris’ friend from college, Charlie, who has been in LA the last few years pursuing his dreams. It’s always refreshing to be around someone who is wholeheartedly devoting their life to a purpose (and who knows at our age what he wants to be when he grows up!), but on top of that Charlie is one of the funniest people I know!
We got into LA just after sunset, scored an awesome parking spot, and then headed out for Thai food with Charlie. Charlie lives in Thai Town which is just off West Hollywood Blvd and over the interstate from the really touristy part of West Hollywood Blvd. Charlie’s building is ‘historic’ in LA meaning it was built in the 1930’s. It was really interesting to be some place so new compared to DC.
Chris and I woke up our second day in LA to beautiful weather — 65 degrees and rainy! Charlie had given us a few suggestions on what to do in LA since neither of us did research in advance. After 24 hours of antibiotics, I was beginning to rally so we headed down to Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the Walk of Fame. After 15 minutes we’d seen everything we needed to and Chris took a couple of pictures.
After a quick lunch, we decided to try to see the Hollywood sign up close. Well, after following our GPS’s directions up a lot of single lane neighborhood roads (literally they build the houses into the hillsides on stilts — it was pretty unbelievable) we got to a dead end with a huge gate. Supposedly the Hollywood sign was just over the gate (Charlie swears it to be true) but it was so foggy we couldn’t see it. The fog never did clear for us to see it so I guess we’ll just have to go back!
After the Hollywood sign misadventure we headed across town to Santa Monica to see the historical pier. We got a cup of coffee and tea and strolled along the pier then down along the beach. Most things were closed (it was a Monday), but the ocean looked beautiful in foggy weather.
Our last stop before heading to meet Charlie and take Chris to the airport was a short drive up the coast to Malibu. I wasn’t aware that Malibu was actually pretty rural and has a beautiful state park protecting the mountains. It was amazing to be just 15 minutes outside of giant LA and in untouched canyons and mountains. Hope you enjoy the pictures — unfortunately they do not do the area justice.
Chris’ last request before getting on the plane was to head to In-N-Out Burger. It was just as awesome as I remembered and we both managed to successfully order off the secret menu like locals. You can check out explanations of the secret menu on this blog.
Enjoy the photos!