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So Much Fun In California! – Californian Extravaganza

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California is really living up to our expectations! We left off our last blog post heading to San Francisco, which did not disappoint! We saw an amazing baseball game at the famous AT&T Park, where the San Francisco Giants took on the Miami Marlins. Home runs were flying out of the park, and we were lucky that we got to see MLB star and legend Ichiro Suzuki come up to bat. Eric was even given a game-used ball!

california extravaganza blog 3 photo 1The next morning, we sailed to Alcatraz. During the headphone tour, we had our own photo shoot where trip participants could take pictures behind the bars. Afterwards, we walked to Pier 39, where we got to see the seals!  A lot of trip members took this opportunity to try In-N-Out Burger for the first time. The double-double and animal style menu items were popular choices!

When the sun rose the next day, we went to the waterfront town of Sausalito. We ended off the last night in San Fran with our own disco! There were so many talented dancers in our group, including some breakdancers! A very special moment came when the DJ played our morning song, Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield, and the whole trip came together to sing their hearts out.

We hit the road and made our way to Los Angeles, the city of angels! There’s a reason they call it Hollywood because, within hours of our arrival in L.A., we saw famous people. After we checked into UCLA, we saw players from the Real Madrid soccer team, who were at the campus with Manchester United. Later that night, at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Zoe, Skylar, and Rachel K. spotted Lauren Beach, a famous YouTuber.

california extravaganza blog 3 photo 2On our second day in LA, we went to Universal Studios. We went on the tour of the backlot where we saw sets of movies and TV shows like Jaws, The Mindy Project, The Voice, and War of the Worlds. Then, at the park, most of the trip members took in the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Tons of us tried ‘butterbeer,’ Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, and chocolate frogs. Some bought wands, but remember, the wands pick the wizard!

Our next day started off at the Museum of Tolerance, where the tour focused on discrimination,  judgement, and ways to better ourselves in order to better the world. Then we went to the Grove, where we had lunch at the Farmers Market. They even had a couple goats for us to pet!

On our last day in L.A., we got up early to do some good for the world by volunteering at the Los Angeles Food Bank. We split into two groups, with one cutting the vegetables, and the other packing the food to be distributed. In the couple hours that we volunteered, we packed over 11,000 meals for the hungry. It really showed all of us much of a difference we can make. Later,  we went to Disneyland! We lucked out because the line-ups were not that long compared to usual, so everyone got to do all the rides that they wanted!

california extravaganza blog 3 photo 3In the morning, we drove to Venice Beach, where we saw a So You Think You Can Dance finalist show off his dance moves. Lots of people ate at Big Daddy’s, which is a local favorite hot spot for food. On the way to our next stop, we pulled over at Venice High School to take pictures, because that’s where the musical, Grease, was filmed! Later that afternoon, on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, Jeremy and Eric saw the Real Madrid soccer team again! We think they’re beginning to follow us! The night ended with tons of laughs at the Improv Comedy Club, where many comedic greats began their careers. The line up was hilarious, including Darren Carter from the movie “Be Cool”.

The next morning, we got up early to head to San Diego! We spent the day at Pacific Beach to catch some waves, where most of us looked like naturals despite trying it for the first time.

At long last, we went to the San Diego Zoo! We first took a bus tour of the complex to see all of the exhibits as a group. They have a huge elephant sanctuary to help save them and many other animals from extinction. After that, we had some free time to explore our favorite parts of the zoo in detail.

Well, California, it’s been a blast. We’re now on our way to Las Vegas to make some more fabulous memories.

Until Next Time,

The Westcoast Blogger

Interested in experiencing  your own California teen tour? Learn more about one of our middle-school or high-school Westcoast Connection California Extravaganza trips.