Last weekend I got to visit my bffffffff in California! Now, I'm blogging about it. :)
Layne moved to CA at the end of last summer to work as an outdoor educator at the Pali Institute, which is in the mountains near Los Angelas.
My flight left at 630 a.m. Friday morning, so me and boyfriend had to rise and shine at 4 a.m. Ouch! I treated him to $1 gas station coffee and he was nice enough to drive me to the airport. :)
I had a short layover in Denver then flew into LAX. I'd tell you what time I landed, but I went through three time zones within 5 or 6 hours and really have no idea.
Layne picked me up from LAX (where we discovered we were both wearing the tie dye shirts we made last summer) and we drove over to Santa Monica Pier. We walked down the beach (where we found this cool outdoor obstacle course thing)
then ate the most amazingly good Mexican food on the pier. The pier itself was pretty touristy--I saw my first Bubba Shrimp company and we were serenaded by a street performer the whole time we ate--but beach plus mountains in view? Can't beat it.
After the beach we drove around trying to find our way to the right highway. In maybe one of my favorite moments of the trip, Layne almost ran over a skateboarder and all he said was "Hey! You have matching shirts!" Yes, sir. You are correct. Even though we had almost caused him great bodily harm, he was so pleasant!
We went up the mountain and Layne showed me around Pali. How could you not love working and living there? I would love to work with this view:
We went to a local bar and I met a lot of her Pali friends and good times were had by all.
Saturday we drove down to Palm Springs to go hiking to some waterfalls. We were joined by the wonderful Jordan, Emily and Ann/Tigre. I'll let these pictures speak for themselves (mostly):
|Ok, this doesn't look like much, but I had to legit rock climb/boulder/scramble|
here. There was no path--we were off the trail. Legit.
|Layne swigging the chocolate wine Emily brought along.|
Layne being way more legit that I ever will be.
The drive back was lots of fun (except for the part when Layne's car wasn't working and the other part where the mountain was so foggy we could only see about four feet ahead of us). Our playlist included these songs and lots of dancing:
We also stopped at a diner for dinner and heard about Whitney Houston. We had our own mini memorial by playing this song on a phone and singing along. Our waitress loved us. For real.
Saturday night was a birthday party for one of the other Pali workers. It was a themed party and crazy/overwhelming/funny. Sunday we went down the mountain and Layne and four of her friends got piercings (one girl even got her nipple pierced!). Then Layne, her friend Trish and I got lunch and Layne dropped me back at LAX. I cried even though I'm going to see her again this weekend because she's coming home for an interview.
It was a crazy, whirlwind trip and lots of fun. Palm Springs was incredible and has inspired me to find hiking around here (though it will surely not measure up!).