We went to California in May, and it was an experience!! I tried to surprise Ry with this trip, but ended up having to tell him about it since it was during a busy time in the term for him. We flew out on a Friday night, but because of a delay didn't end up getting to LA until 1 in the morning or so. We'd planned to Uber to our hotel, but decided mid-flight we wanted to rent a car instead (which was an ordeal being under 25, and at 1am...)
Since we'd be leaving Sunday afternoon we planned to squeeze the bulk of our 'to do list' into Saturday- which was awesome even in the rain. It figures that we would leave Oregon when it was warm and 80 degrees to go to California in the rain. That's just our luck.
We spent a lot of time wandering around the sidewalks and looking at the stars- which was so fun! It was really cool to see so many names on the ground and we pointed out several of our faves throughout the morning. We spent the bulk of our time in Hollywood just doing this, we almost toured the Dolby theater but missed the tour start time and didn't feel like waiting for the next one.
I snagged a drink at Starbucks and saw this quote in the window which I thought was cool, and then we moved on!
I was super excited to go to Beverly Hills and seek Rodeo Drive. My mom and I always talked about Rodeo drive being super ritzy when I was little, and I was so excited to go there. It was definitely worth it. We talked about how we should've dressed fancier to fit in, and how our nice and new Toyota rental looked like a beater compared to the several fancy cars we saw casually parked around. It was insane.
The hotel behind me in this picture is the hotel that Pretty Woman was filmed in! I was super stoked about that, and we actually went inside. There was a door man. That's probably not a huge deal, but I had never seen one in real life.
Our last stop for the day was in Santa Monica, and we had a blast! We walked through tons of shops, went to Creams & Dreams, which is an ice cream shop where the ice cream is made using liquid nitrogen. I'd never heard of this before, but it was so good and awesome to watch!
After a while we made our way to the beach (where people were selling fidget spinners... go figure... and rode the Ferris wheel. I loved the Ferris wheel, even though it was open, nine stories high, and windy. Would definitely go to Santa Monica again.
Overall, it was a great trip and we walked a TON on Saturday.
On Saturday night we logged on to check in to our flight, which was on-time and then looked up LAX's food options so we could plan where we'd grab lunch. On LAX's website we saw that our flight (which minutes before read on time) was actually cancelled. We (well, I...) panicked and scrambled to make a backup flight home... at 6am... but all was well. And we made it. :)