After an equally adventure-filled and relaxing time in Tahoe -and Brett’s birthday at an awesome laser maze- we celebrated 4th of July by heading over to the land of the stars and lights in LA. Everyone got a first taste of In N Out Burger before we hit up quirky Venice Beach where the group played basketball at Muscle Beach and soaked up the sun. Ice cream sandwiches at the famous Diddy Reisse completed our first full day at LA! The UCLA dorms proved to be an awesome place to call home with the pools, gyms, basketball courts, and enormous bookstore. Day two at Universal Studios was a blast…especially when each member of the trip received special codes that let us skip to the front of all of the most popular rides! The Mummy ride and exploring Hogwarts were the biggest hits of the day, followed by the ginormous donuts inspired by the Simpsons. We ended the night at Citywalk with a hilarious picture scavenger hunt where the members took selfies with people who looked the most like their staff… some were actually pretty similar!
Day three – which was also Jordan’s 16th birthday! – took us to the inspiring Museum of Tolerance and lunch at the delicious Farmer’s Market. We then shopped ‘til we dropped at Rodeo Drive where the girls discovered a candy shop and nitrogen ice cream to stock up on the sweets! The smiles continued at an Improv show where the real fun began before the show…our group took the stage and showed the audience our crazy dance moves and Jordan got a special birthday surprise as he was brought up and sang to on the stage!
Our final day in Los Angeles started with a morning volunteering at the LA Food Bank, which was an amazing opportunity to help out the local community. The trip all agreed that it was the best way to spend the morning before heading to the most magical place on earth! Our day at Disney showed us an incredible electric parade and an epic firework show, and of course, rides down Splash Mountain and hanging out with Mickey and the crew.
Although bummed to be leaving LA, we were all ecstatic to head to beachy San Diego! Surf lessons were first on the agenda and everyone was shocked to see how fast learners we all were. Ryan D. in particular lived up to his last name and felt completely at ease on the surfboard and in the water. The San Diego Zoo was equally incredible with the favorites being the penguins and the awesome sky ride that gave us views of the entire zoo. The night was spent showing off our competitive sides with a massive game of laser tag… Josh and Jacob were our winners of the night, but Green team took home the final victory!
Today we said goodbye to California, but the amazing memories and friendships are sure to continue into our next stop… Viva Las Vegas!
Until next time,
The Westcoast Blogger
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