I took a day trip on Sunday!
Bright and early Sunday morning, we caught an early flight from SF to LA. The flight’s a little over an hour, so not too difficult for a day trip (though usually makes way more sense to go down for longer given the airport time and plane flight costs.) Driving takes 8 hours, in case you were curious.
I really wanted to see my great-Aunt and Uncle who are in their late-80s and some friends who I haven’t seen in way too long. It was a last-minute-ish trip, but worked out really well.
The alarm went off at 5:30 (yikes, early for a wknd). I showered, dressed, and ate a quick breakfast. Almond Butter on Toast with a banana. I was surprisingly really hungry for that early in the morning.
And then left by 6:30 to make our 8am flight. We parked in one of the long-term parking lots and the airport was so empty luckily (Sunday morning of a long-weekend, so we missed the rush).
I needed coffee as soon as we got to the airport. I was fading fast.
Virgin America’s in a new terminal that has really, really good restaurants….basically, a bunch of the really good SF restaurants all opened spots there.
I got my coffee at the Kara’s Cupcakes kiosk that shared its spot with a Napa olive-oil-jam-fresh-baked-goods-etc shop. Everything looked so good! Unfortunately, I wasn’t hungry.
My hair thing was weirdly wrapped around my finger all day….not sure what was up with that!
And then about an hour and a half later, we were in LA!
Rental car pick-up, quick drive to Venice beach, and a little while later…..it was 11:30 and time to meet my Aunt and Uncle for brunch. We went to Rose Cafe, a really cute cafe with a huge shaded patio area. My breakfast was early, so I was def hungry for lunch by then. I got a chicken pesto sandwich that was great, but way too filling (could only eat half).
Jared got the french toast to the right (yum!) and you can see my Uncle’s oatmeal in the back (topped with a ton of strawberries and fresh granola!). It was nice to see my great-Aunt and Uncle. They can’t come up to SF anymore (too far, too hard for them- they’re in their mid/late 80s) and I don’t get down to LA often enough. Always fun to hear all their stories.
Afterwards, we were trying to meet up with one of my friends, but he ended up in a golf game that went longer than expected so the timing didn’t work out. Instead, we enjoyed the LA sunshine (was cold in SF fri and sat last week) and walked along the beach.
Jared got a softie cone with sprinkles. The ice cream was too pretty not to photograph (and I held it while he paid, so couldn’t resist). What’s up with that hair thing on my thumb all day, ha!
BTW- Jared was a trooper– on Saturday, he had a double-brick for his ironman training. His training has really stepped up in the past couple weeks and is going to be even more intense. A double-brick means that he started at 7:30am and biked i forgot how many miles, let’s say 25 (so about an hour and a half), then they ran for 40 minutes, then they biked another 25 miles, then ran for another 40 minutes. With all the transition time, etc, it’s really exhausting. So it was awesome that he was still able to get up early and have such a busy day on Sunday.
We sat on the beach for a couple hours. I read, napped, and played in the water. It was heaven! We don’t have beaches like this in SF and I so wish we did!
I bought a Pineapple-Coconut Juice from Starbucks to drink. It’s the new Evolution Brand that I feel like “everyone” is talking about lately. Have you tried it? It’s pure fruit, no sugars or anything added. I thought it was pretty good. I don’t often buy juice, but the next time I’m in the mood for it, I’d probably buy it again.
I also bought TWO water bottles because I was so dehydrated all day.
Around 4, we met Jared’s friend at the 3rd Street Promenade in Santa Monica. We walked a while before eating an early dinner at a Mexican restaurant.
The promenade always has street performers (a lot of musicians, break dancers, this weird clown, etc) and is really lively. It was extra crowded on Sunday. I shopped a little while the boys talked (didn’t buy anything) before we went in to dinner.
The restaurant was really dark inside so I didn’t bother taking photos, but I got a salad with chicken, avocado, corn, carrots, etc and ate one of Jared’s tostada appetizer. It was all good and gets an 8 out of 10 for bar/Mexican food (I think this place is better known for it’s margaritas than entrees, so I was surprised….just sayin’)
And then before I knew it, we were back at the airport ready to fly home. I randomly ran into a guy I went on a trip to Israel with like 4 years ago and hadn’t seen since then (love when that happens! and he recognized me first).
Virgin has direct TV and I watched Men in Black II for the entire flight home.
And then finally, we were home around 11. It was a long day, but a good one.
Monday wasn’t too shabby at all either! I’ll post it on Wednesday for WIAW, but it included a run, more shopping (good sales!), a really good lunch with friends at an outdoor restaurant on the water, and just mellow summer stuff. I’m still not ready to go back to work after my nice long week off, but I do feel more relaxed and in a much better place than I was before my week off. Staycation success.
Hope you had a terrific 3-day weekend!
– Are you usually hungry before an early flight? (I know a bunch of people who say they can’t eat…but I’m always hungry before)
– Have you taken any one-day trips via plane lately?
– Do you call your Aunts and Uncles “Aunt/Uncle” or just by their first name?
– Did you do anything summery this weekend? Any beach time?
– Have you tried the Evolution juices?