An update from California and the Canyons:
Dear California and the Canyons Parents,
Hello from beautiful Los Angeles! The sun is out, the palm trees are swaying, and the Hollywood sign looks just as iconic as ever. We’ve had a busy and fun-filled couple of days!
After leaving Ventura, we drove straight to Universal Studios. We began the day by taking a tour of the real studios, where we saw multiple famous sets, like the Town Hall from “Back to the Future”. Next we separated into groups and explored the park. Chelsea found “The Mummy Returns” ride to be particularly thrilling, while Alex, Rachel and Colin loved “Jurassic Park”. Caroline, Sophie, Isaac, Abby, Jenn, Alli and Julia all got their faces painted by talented make-up artists at the park. For dinner we went to the Hard Rock Cafe, where everyone was amazed by the cool artifacts from the rock ‘n roll era. Later the group explored City Walk, walked into shops and listened to the musical performance of the street performers!
The next morning we woke up, ate breakfast at UCLA and went to the Museum of Tolerance, where the Trip Members were educated on the importance of social acceptance. After listening to an incredible story from the manager, Ashley and Jackie asked insightful questions. After the museum the group went to Venice Beach for lunch and enjoyed the entertainment and weather along the walk. At night we went to the famous Improv Club on Melrose Avenue, where stars such as Jerry Seinfeld have performed! It was hilarious and left everyone in good spirits.
The next day we went to a food bank, where we sorted through goods for those in need. Morley, Max, and Matt H. did an excellent job organizing the items, while Alana and Grace said that the experience made them feel “grateful”. After the food bank, our group went to Disneyland! The magical park brought a smile to everyone’s faces. Ani discovered a passion for rides and did her best to try each one in the park, while Dylan, Tyler and Robert had an awesome time on “Pirates of the Caribbean”! Suzie, Taylor, Ashleigh and Lauren bought matching Mickey Mouse ears. Danielle enjoyed the incredible fireworks show, which ended our night on a delightful note.
Yesterday we woke up, ate breakfast and went to Rodeo Drive! Molly enjoyed a cupcake from Crumbs, a famous cupcake bakery. Next we came back to UCLA where it felt like we were students – we ate lunch in the student union and explored the bookstore. The group was also able to use the facilities on campus. Tommaso, Zach, Danny, Matt L., Philip, Sam and Ari showed off their basketball skills, while Josh and Jordan enjoyed some pool time. Later we went to Hollywood and Highland, where there was a perfect view of the Hollywood sign. Hannah sported her new UCLA sweatshirt for the night. After eating dinner and exploring the stores, we went to the Mann’s Chinese Theater, where we saw the handprints of some of the world’s most famous stars, like the cast of Harry Potter, Meryl Streep and Morgan Freeman.
The group had an absolute blast in LA and is looking forward to exploring San Diego!
The Westcoast Blogger