So , the Mr really surprised me for my birthday. The first part was a low-key night at the Ocean House Birthday Part 1. The next part involved getting on a plane. At first I was a bit hesitant to go anywhere. I have been a bit of a homebody for the last year. But after debating over it for weeks, I thought why not. I really needed a break and to say that this last year has been interesting and trying would be very accurate. I had no clue where I was going until I walked up to the counter at the airport for check in. I was in a state of shock when I learned I was going to California! CALIFORNIA!
So off we went! The ride was smooth and fast and the seats were spectacular. I love flying out west and seeing the patterns of the landscape.
But even after the initial surprise of where we were headed, NOTHING will ever beat when I was walking off the plane. There right in front of me was my best friend Rachel and Mike. HOLY COW. I have never been at a loss for words until at that moment. My girl Rachel is the epitome of a stellar friend and the fact that she was THERE waiting for me to walk off the plane was a moment I will never forget. I love this girl. Truly.
The first leg of the trip was hanging in LA. The second I got situated, I texted MarKo from Marko’s Tips and we met up with him almost every night and his hubby Brandon. I had such a fabulous time hanging with my dearest friends.
We tried to cram everything in. The Grove. The Hills. The Hollywood Sign. Visiting My-Girl Gwynnie. The Chateau Marmont. Hiking. Eating. MarKo brought us to this local food joint that had some of the best authentic Mexican food. Delicious.
The trip to the Hollywood Sign was unreal. Hiking miles to get to it and realizing we weren’t even close. Driving through the winding streets in the hills and finding the spot only to have fire ants crawl up my leg and bite my knees. Let me tell you, the name suits them perfectly.
We stayed at the Hotel Roosevelt. There are no words to explain that place. I will just leave it at that. The Hotel itself has a storied past. The lobby was so beautiful. And the pool is unreal. Actually, I don’t know if the word unreal is the perfect word to describe the pool area. Ear plugs are a must.
Part 3 was heading to the coast.