Jeff and I have decided that, as often as we can, each week we’ll do one adventure-y thing here in the Los Angeles area.
We decided to kick off our LA Adventures just a week after we arrived (8/25), with a really tourist-y destination: the Santa Monica pier.
(Not pictured: the $15 that we had to pay for parking. ::grumble grumble::)
You can tell from my expression what I think of such a hot, sunshine-y location full of Harolds and Irmas:
Simon was blissfully oblivious to the offending tourists:
But wouldn’t you be comfy and sleepy if you were riding around on your dad’s chest, under a comically-large sun-hat?
(yes, there’s really a baby in there)
We had lunch at some place, with food (oh!) and $4 bloody marys:
Here’s how I know I’m old: I stirred this up really good when I got it, but didn’t taste much vodka. So I drank the first half, lah-de-dah. Then at the second half, quite abruptly: HOLY SHIT STRAIGHT VODKA. Gah. Nasty. But I’d paid $4 for it! So between the two of us, Jeff and I gradually choked down the whole thing, sip by burny sip. (I wanted to ask the waitress for some more tomato juice to help dilute it, but even I’m not *that* lame. We toughed it out as-is).
And that’s how I know I’m not a college sophomore anymore. 😀
After lunch we walked to the end of the pier, people-watching and sightseeing the whole way:
It was my first time seeing the Pacific Ocean!
I think the mountains may be my favorite part of LA.
At the end of the pier, there was a thingy commemorating the end of Route 66:
So I had to find home on the map:
That’s a long way away, y’all.
Jeff and I both took ceremonial first-steps-into-the-Pacific-Ocean:
(but of course we didn’t get a picture of mine. But I assure you, my pasty whiteness wouldn’t even show up in the white surf, anyway.)
Next time we go, Simon will be a bit bigger and we can throw him in, too. SINK OR SWIM, LITTLE DUDE.
So there we go: the Santa Monica Pier! It was…interesting. OK, I guess, but I’m in no hurry to go back. The following weekend’s adventure was more up my alley…