SO I drove up Friday Morning and met up with Haley’s family in downtown San Diego. We hung around there and then spent the night in Solana Beach. Saturday morning Haley and I caught the Amtrack that took us to Los Angeles. The train ride went smoothly. The tracks ran right along-side the ocean for nearly the entire 2 1/2 hour trip.
We arrived in the LA station where Haley’s mom’s ex boyfriend picked us up and took us to China Town to grab something for dinner. Afterward, he gave us a tour of downtown LA. If you’ve never been before, the city is HUGE. Definitely makes a small human feel smaller.
We arrived at the Luckman Arts Theater later in the evening. Everyone was dressed up so cute for the Cocorosie concert! Girls had flowers in their hair and their bodies painted. It was a very artsy atmosphere.
We spent the night at Matt Melvin’s house: artist of the Cyanide and Happiness comics. Him and his girlfriend Austin (who is also a digital artist) had a cute little apartment near the Hollywood area. I did steal a bit of their Thai food in their fridge. I wonder if they ever noticed.
Sunday morning we boarded the Amtrack back to San Diego bright and early. I got in contact with my cousin, Isabella, and we agreed to meet up when I arrived. We ate dinner at Philipi’s, a little pizza grotto in downtown San Diego, and also my favorite Italian restaurant in the entire WORLD. I ended up staying another night at her place since I wasn’t scheduled to work Monday. And, of course, I was in no hurry to go home. California is too beautiful!
Monday morning, Isabella, her mom, grandpa, and I ate breakfast at a very artistic restaurant called The Mission. They made all of their food look so cute! After we were done, Isabella and I drove to Ocean Beach where we walked down this extremely long boardwalk, messed around with the creatures in the tide pools, and then browsed through the little beach shops. Pretty soon it was time for her to go to work (she also works at a Mimi’s Cafe) and I headed back home to good ol’ AZ.
I must say, I very much enjoyed my little 2 day vacation. Once we got past Phoenix, the drive was very beautiful. The highway was surrounded by forest. There were even a few patches of snow left on the ground that I got the chance to stomp around in. We arrived in Flagstaff just as the sun was going down, so I got to have a little look at the university. It isn’t as big as I thought it would be. That was a good thing. The bookstore was closed and there were no more tours happening for the rest of the night, so we decided to just head to Sedona in hopes of finding a room for the night. I guess those towns up in the mountains are really pushing the eco-friendly everything so they are VERY, very dark at night. There are barely any street lights at all, and the ones that they had were extremely dim. But I guess it’s all as well. I’m sure the Earth appreciates the gesture.
If you’ve never been to Sedona, I highly recomend a visit. I mean, if you’re into nature and all. It’s a town that is entirely surrounded by these massive, red canyons. It’s incredibly beautiful. It also seems as if the entire population is people who are at complete peace with themselves and nature. There is a coffee/tea shop at every corner. I must say that I had the best chai tea of my life while I was there. It’s just an all-around cute place. There’s a few good trails that I have hiked in the past that are famous for the random vortexes (a spot usually found in mountains where the gravitational pull spirals rather than goes straight down allowing better energy flow through the body).
The next day we shopped a little in Sedona but eventually made our way back to Flagstaff just in time for a Campus tour. I must say I am more than excited to be a student at NAU. It’s so beautiful up there and the university is so small and cute.
This was all fun, and now I am home. I work for the next 5 nights in a row. I doubt I’ll be going to the fair this week. Ah well, I was never much of a fair person anyway. I would only want to go just to see my art on display, but then again it was only the art that I rushed through in class. It isn’t even that impressive. Eh, whatever. I don’t need to go. Goodnight, internet. I am very tired. -Josephine