After leaving beautiful Ventura we headed straight for Universal Studios! When we arrived, we took a park tour and visited the actual sound stages where celebrities hang out and film shows and movies. We were attacked by dinosaurs and saved by King Kong himself, right before helping the Fast and Furious crew save the day! The next day we visited Venice beach and our New Jersey crew bought fun customized shirts! After Venice Beach, we had time to utilize the UCLA facilities, swimming or working out. The campus is beautiful! That night we rode the Santa Monica Ferris wheel at night, the view of the California coast lights was incredible! Our next exciting day was visiting Hollywood where we strolled along the Walk of Fame. Jordan and Harrison S. saw the star for their great grandfather who produced the original King Kong! After lunch we made a quick stop at Rodeo Drive, and while we didn’t see any celebrities, we felt like royalty! There we played a game called trade-up: starting with a simple pen the idea was trade up to the coolest thing possible. Hannah led her team trading up to a brand new silver necklace! After a good night’s rest, we prepared for an incredible visit to Disneyland! En route to the park, the whole trip sang along to our favorite Disney songs! Disneyland is celebrating their Diamond Anniversary, so the park was abuzz with excitement. That night we saw the most amazing Parade of Lights followed by a breathtaking fireworks display! After the incredible celebration, we went back to the UCLA dorms to rest and prepare for surf lessons in San Diego. The view along the California Coast was incredible and the surf was perfect! Everyone was able to stand up on their boards; we looked like pro surfers! We also had a blast exploring the famous San Diego Zoo and playing capture-the-flag during laser tag. After two weeks of fun, it was finally time for our banquet. It was sad that our tour trip was coming to an end, but we had so many amazing memories to celebrate – and we did just that! We all danced the night away. Some Trip Members showed off their awesome dance skills while other grabbed the spotlight and sang to us! What a night! We know everyone will miss our new friends and family, but we will always have the memories from California Sprint 2015!
-The Westcoast Blogger