Monday, October 4, 2010

Operation California: The Details

California was a blast. I came back sun burned with seven blisters and tons to share with you. I decided to do several smaller posts to make it easier to read and enjoy. I will also share some pictures with you. If you want to see all of my pictures they will soon all be posted on my personal Facebook page. You can request me as a friend and I will accept.

To start off, here is what we did on our days in California:


*Arrive at 10am California time (1pm home time)
*Griffith Observatory- A great place to see the Hollywood sign. They also have a free museum with extremely large telescopes, a large pendulum, a tessla coil and some other neat things.
*Hollywood Walk of Fame- Very disappointing. Apparently all the good stars are in one area (the area we missed). We walked about four blocks and only saw two people we knew before calling it quits.
*China Town- Also very disappointing. The small area that you see in movies is pretty much not used. The rest of China Town looked gross and ghetto. We drove through.
*Downtown LA (Walt Disney Concert Hall, Nickel Diner (home of the bacon donut -featured on Drive-in's, Diners an Dives))


*LA Zoo
*Pink’s Hot Dogs – Yes, the world famous Pink’s. They were amazing and definitely different. My favorite was the Chilli Cheese Dog.
*Epicenter Twenty Ten- We caught the last few hours of day 1. We saw Papa Roach, BUSH and Eminem. My favorite was BUSH, but Eminem did some cool special effects. More on Epicenter later.


*Bass Pro Shop & Restaurant – Bass Pro Shops are HUGE and a lot of fun. We normally try to hit them up in ever city we visit. This was the first one I had seen with a restaurant. The Venison stuffed Mushrooms were amazing. Everything else we ate was bland and overpriced.
*Epicenter Twenty Ten- This was from Noon until 11pm, and details are for another post.

Monday (113 degrees!) -

*Poquita Ma’s – the BEST food we had in Cali. We stumbled upon this Mexican restaurant in Burbank and we were so happy that we did.
*NBC Studios in Burbank for Jay Leno
*Santa Monica Pier- The pier itself was ghetto and run down, but the view was amazing at sunset.
*Third Street Promenade – this is a pretty cool outdoor shopping area. There are street performers and just about every type of store and restaurant you can think of.
*Pinkberry Frozen Yogurt – An unbelievable yogurt shop. They had the freshest fruit I have ever tried at a chain. They also have yummy flavors like pomegranate, mango and coconut.


*Fly back home at 6am 

Griffith Observatory

Sunset at Santa Monica beach
Ferris Wheel at Santa Monica Pier

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