Well, its my last night in California, and I have had an amazing trip! As I am packing, allow me to tell you all about the fun that Justin and I had over the past week.
Exploring Riverside was a lot of fun! Justin took me to a driving range not too far from his house, where I got to hit some balls for the first time in a number of years. Trust me, my lack of experience showed, as I was only able to drive the ball about 75 yards. That was nothing compared to Justin’s 100+ yards.
Beyond that, Justin gave me a tour of his old high school, where I got to meet some of his former classmates and teachers. Visiting a private school for the first time, it felt very different than my public high school back in New Jersey. With much more open space, and outdoor seating to go with it, the school had the stereotypical California high school on TV feel. Everyone I met there were very friendly too.
Justin also showed me one of his favorite places to go in Riverside, the martial arts studio he went to as a kid. I got to see an introductory session going on while we visited, and got to meet many of the people Justin was trained by as a child. It was very cool to see this firsthand, having only heard the stories of many of the people I met.
Of course, amid all of this, we had to have at least one stereotypically tourist-like day. That day was today, when we drove down to Venice Beach. Along the way we drove past the famous letters denoting LAX, the biggest airport in Los Angeles, and through parts of Corona and Los Angeles. When we arrived, we walked out onto the pier at Venice Beach, and then made the five mile walk up to Santa Monica Pier. All along the walk we saw a lot of sights, including the famous Muscle Beach. We walked out onto the famous pier five miles away, passing the Bubba Gump seafood store, and saw the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It was well worth the walk, and well worth the trip.
And what trip through California would be complete without a stop at a local In N Out Burger! Amazingly enough, this was the FIRST time that I had eaten a hamburger, and I absolutely loved it. In N Out just needs to expand to the east coast already!
I could not have asked for a better vacation, or for a better trip partner in Justin. I wish I could have stayed longer to see more of California, but all good things must come to an end. I fly out of Ontario Airport tomorrow morning to head back to New Jersey, and I’ll be sure to update you on how my flight progresses.