California (San Diego, Los Angeles areas)

During my first trip to California, we rode our bikes up to The Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook Trail, which has been known for its famous city scenic shots in movies and is just a beautiful view of the Los Angeles and greater-LA metropolitain area. Many of California’s state parks are popular tourist attractions and for good reason. Another portion of our trip was spent jet-skiing on Marina Del Rey. Nothing compares to the magnificent swells of the Pacific coast. An hour seemed to be more than enough time (and money) spent out there on those waves but prepare to perhaps push your limits and end up with a full body ache the next day. Sunscreen is an absolute must — “cake it on” and reapply, often. Also, watch out for dolphins and sea lions that are more likely to try to kill you or wreck your equipment if you come too close.

Some of the other adventures we encountered while on the west coast included:

– Walking down Hollywood Blvd

– Art Galleries in Culver City (Thinkspace)

– Coronado: Hotel Del Coronado

– San Diego: Cabrillo National Monument (Park), San Diego Zoo, Fort Rosecranz National Cemetary at Point Loma

Some of the places I wish I had a chance to visit last time I was in California (and hopefully will get to sometime in the near future) include: Del Mar, Beverly Hills, Little Italy, Balboa Park, North Park, Hillcrest, Mission Bay, Bay Area, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, San Elijo Campground, etc.

“Grove Cafe: 2250 Chestnut St., San Francisco.

Ritual Roasters: 1026 Valencia St., San Francisco.

Coffee to the People: 1206 Masonic Ave., San Francisco.

Cafe Lo Cubano: 3401 California St., San Francisco.

Caffe Trieste: 601 Vallejo St., San Francisco.

Starbucks: 3595 California St., San Francisco.

Starbucks: 2727 Mariposa St., San Francisco.

Barefoot Coffee Roasters: 5237 Stevens Creek Blvd., Santa Clara.

Nomad Cafe: 6500 Shattuck Ave., Oakland.

For a more complete list of San Francisco Wi-Fi cafes, check out:

www.cheesebikini.com/wifi-cafes

www.bestofsanfrancisco.net/cappuccinocafes.htm

www.tinyurl.com/2382xp

Some of the shows I’ll hopefully get to check out next time around include:

Cirque Du Soleil “Iris” (Dolby Theatre, Los Angeles)

House of Blues (Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood), Anaheim, San Diego

Some of the galleries I hope to visit next time I’m in California include:

Corey Helford Gallery (Culver City)

Hyaena Gallery (Burbank)

Fifty24SF (San Francisco)

Anyway, California has become one of my favorite hot spots in the Northwest. Particularly, I enjoy the beautiful nature and lush, diverse landscapes which contrast to the flat Texas terrain I’m used to. I hope to one day be able to say “I wasn’t born here, but I got here as soon as I can.” Although, I’ll always love my Texas!

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