Starting the New Year In Los Angeles, CA
For years I've said that I need to make it a tradition every year to travel for Christmas and/or New Years. I finally put it into action (Lord willing, I'll stick with it). This trip was chills, we didn't really have much planned and weren't looking to 'turn up'; we just wanted to get away from our city to bring in the new year. As long as food, relaxation and the outdoors were part of the equation I was content.
We flew into LAX, and our Airbnb was located in Inglewood *less than ten minute drive from the airport*. The weather during our stay was mild. In the day time we saw mid-high 60s, but at night the temps hit a brisk low 40s.
We didn't do much on the first day. We landed around 9pm. There was six of us on this trip so when we arrived we split up into two teams: team one gathered the libations, and team two picked up the car and checked into the Airbnb. We all reconvened at the house and brought in the New Year on a chill note. People in the neighborhood set off beautiful fireworks once the clock struck midnight, and didn't stop until about 3am!
Friday, New Years Day
This is my second time visiting Cali. The first time I went in November 2020 and fell in love with the sights at Runyon. I decided that every single time I visit California I will wake up before sunrise and hike. I can't take the views and fun outdoor exercise for granted. Walking/hiking in the morning and catching the sunrise is my favorite way to start my day. I wish I could experience that level of peace daily!
On January 1st my neighbor and I walked the Mt. Hollywood trail.
After our light hike we grabbed donuts for everyone and I popped my head in at Pressed Juicery
located at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue.
I wanted to do my due diligence with protecting my immune system, so I decided to buy
some wellness shots.
Pressed Juicery has locations in Texas, New York, Las Vegas, Seattle, Massachusetts, Hawaii, and Northern & Southern California. Check out their website here.
After the hike and snack stop we lounged around the house for awhile, then did a group Walmart run for food and toiletries.
In the early evening we took a 15 minute drive to Venice Beach. The beach and walkway was bustling with families, couples, friend groups, skaters, athletes, vendors, and artists.
We did our best to keep distance from others, and of course kept our masks on
while walking through the crowd.
The sunset was amazinggggggggg!
I picked up an açaí bowl; that was a tasty treat to hold me over until dinner time.
After the beach we went back to the Airbnb and my dad cooked us a delicious meal!
I met up with a friend to hike in Palos Verdes, conveniently located on D*nald Tr*ump's golf course.
California sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking. It's beautiful in the hills but there's something special seeing that sunrise over the ocean.
Below I have *for your convenience* included a video/photo dump from that hike. I was hype to capture all of the views. This was my favorite hike of the vacation.
Later on that day we stopped at two food trucks *that I, of course, blogged about*.
For the rest of the day we chilled at home. Sounds repetitive, but remember; corona.
Just before sunrise my dad , friends and I made our way to this Vista entrance at Runyon for
a morning hike.
I was so happy my dad finally decided to join me on a morning hike!
Runyon views are so pretty.
I spent Sunday afternoon riding around taking in the neighborhood sights and snapping pics.
This 'Welcome to Inglewood' sign was less than a five minute drive from our Airbnb.
Before we knew it, it was time to pack up, check in for our flights and prepare for the journey back home. I have a love/hate relationship with early AM flights, but I can appreciate that I still had a almost half the day to enjoy and wind down once I returned to Philadelphia.
In summary, this trip was the cool, calm and collected reset I wanted to start off my 2021. Fingers crossed corona won't hinder my upcoming travel plans for the first few months of the year!
Composed with humility and truth,