This weekend, my cousin Billy and his girlfriend, Sara, were in Los Angeles.
(Actually, we’re 4th cousins, our great-grandmothers were sisters!)
They are on an amazing 3 month road trip across the United States.
You can find their awesome blog and see their map here!
(He’s also launching a fun dating site soon, check it out: www.LoversCanBeChoosers.com )
When I found out they would be passing through LA, I was so excited to play tourguide for a day (and give them a break from all that driving!)
We started our day out in Santa Monica. The skies were overcast, but once we got to the beach, it had cleared up.
Did you know that old historic route 66 ended in Santa Monica?
One of the stores had this awesome display of foreign currency!
The Pier was really pretty:
I love this giant concrete thing on the beach. When they roll it out, it imprints a map of Los Angeles into the sand!
I really should go to the beach more often. It’s so pretty.
Me and Billy:
Then we headed down to Venice Beach. I’m always hesitant to go down there because it is kind of weird. But they did clean it up a little bit since the last time I was there. They just put in this awesome skate park for the kids. It’s like an urban playground. I think it’s a great idea.
Then we ate at in-and-out (where you just have to eat when you visit LA).
We went to Rodeo Drive/Beverly Hills and then over to Hollywood.
I took a detour up Mulholland Drive for the most amazing views back on Los Angeles.
Then we wandered around Hollywood & Highland for a bit and met up with Irving.
Then we drove up the other side to the Hollywood Sign.
The sun was setting and we had some great light for photos!
Great picture guys!
And a few of us too!
We can jump too!
Just not as high as they do!
Then we headed over to City Walk where we ate at Saddle Ranch.
And I have to admit… I rode the Bull for the first time!
Billy and Sara went first and they made it look easy!
I decided that I’d only ride it in my Boston Marathon Jacket. lol
Did you see how the Bull totally hit me in the head at the end?!?! That was NOT fun!
But dinner was pretty amazing. It doesn’t matter what you order, as long as you get a side of the Sweet Potato Casserole with it. Dude. This stuff is amazing. Roasted Marshmallows on top!
And that pretty much was sweet enough to be called dessert.
Until the waitress brought THIS over “on the house”!
COTTON CANDY! What?! This thing was as big as 2 basketballs!
We had a
few a lot of pieces…
And then we poured water over the top and watched it melt. It was pretty impressive.
And that concludes our 13 hour tour around Los Angeles!