Monday, July 07, 2008

LA Vacation - for the love of friends

Eric and I just returned from a little road trip we took down to Southern California to visit a number of friends. As I have grown up in California, road trips to LA have been frequent but Eric grew up in Appalachian Pennsylvania so he doesn't think too fondly of all of the concrete, the pretentious pretty people and the misplaced tropical flora in the dessert that is LA. I have taken Eric to LA before, but that was to help a friend of ours do some apartment hunting, and well... Eric didn't get a good taste of what LA has to offer. A little too much pavement hitting and Beverly Hills apartment looking for him I think.

This trip was the idea of his childhood best friend. Him and his wife were going to be vacationing in Las Vegas and LA and wanted us to join them. Since Eric has even lower opinions of Las Vegas, he agreed to a long weekend in LA. The main reason for the trip was to see his friends, so really he didn't care where or what we were doing as long as there was some good hang out time. As a bonus, the third of their "Three Amigos" surprised us by flying out from Florida.

These three boys (yes, they are still boys), got in to tons of trouble as kids and have remained "bros" over the last 30 years. This weekend was really special to see the 3 reminisce and share stories, some of which I hadn't heard (and many I had). How special that has to be to still remain close with friends you literally grew up with, even though all three live in different states now.

The weekend's festivities included:
  • getting lost in the Hollywood Hills while viewing the fancy houses and then finding ourselves NOT in the Hollywood Hills anymore
  • a day on Venice Beach... all getting burned to varying degrees (REAPPLY SUNSCREEN!)
  • BBQ and fireworks viewing, up over the hill at the house previously owned by Gallagher
  • Spur of the moment decision to see Wicked (LOVED IT!)
  • Rodeo Drive, Hollywood Blvd, and other general LA touristy stuff
  • Loads of very rich and luxurious foods and one night of acid reflux (it was the CHEESE!)
  • Most important of all, we got in a lot of TIME.

Since some of my best friends moved down south a few years ago, Sunday we spent a lovely afternoon visiting with them and seeing another area of LA county. I miss my friends and am shocked each time I see how much their kids have grown. It was truly too short of a time to visit with them, so a follow-up trip will be planned soon. (Especially since Eric seems to be warming up to the idea that LA has more to offer then concrete).

Today we were on our own, as all of the PA buddies had gone home or were visiting other friends, so Eric and I spent the morning walking around Beverly Hills (where we were staying). It was HOT but really quiet and we enjoyed slowing down to take in the area. We found coffee (ICED of course), fresh squeezed juice and croissants, and genuinely enjoyed each others company. As we were lazily walking back to the hotel to check-out, I received a text from my blogging buddy, Starshine, that her and her hubby were on their way to meet us for lunch. YAY! A table of empty plates and 2 hours of visiting and getting to know each other better signaled the end of our little mini-getaway.

6 hours on the road later, we are back at home to some very loud kitties, piles of dirty laundry, and loads of work emails waiting to be read. And wait they will.... work doesn't start till tomorrow.

BTW - No pictures of the trip were taken so I have none to share. SOMEONE (me) forgot the camera and couldn't justify buying one down there, although it was seriously considered!


Starshine said...

Cherry, it was so awesome to see you and to meet your adorable E! We would love to get together again soon. I'm so bummed because my cell phone is being stubborn and it won't let me send the picture we took to my Flickr acct, so it looks like there will be absolutely no photographic proof that you were in LA! So sorry!

I hope you and E have a great 4-day work week!


J at said...

Yay! What a fun vacation! I just emailed you asking about it, assuming you wouldn't post. I'm so glad you did! Welcome home, and so cool to get together with so many wonderful folks.

Next time, just grab a disposable camera. ;) We forgot our camera, but luckily, the iPhone has an awesome camera on it, so we'll have a few.

Autumn's Mom said...

Sounds like you had a great weekend :) So jealous you got to see Tracy again!! How big is Dylan these days??? Crazy. I love that road trip. I'm happy that we have family and friends down there as well to visit :)

PS, stop eating the CHEESE!

Karen MEG said...

What a great trip Cherry! So nice that the boys could get together. Friends like that are a treasure, really.

Ted said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm not a fan of SoCal, but damn if I didn't have a blast almost every time I went down there!

And I agree with Dot: Stop eating cheese :-)

Laura said...

Oh my goodness, your vacation was almost identical to ours...down to the touristy stuff and the Venice Beach sun burns. We flew though...which I love-not.

C said...

Awwwww! That sounds like sooooooooo much fun!! How cool is it that Eric has been friends with his best buds for 30 years! That is awesome!

I think it is great that you and Starshine got to meet up for a bite to eat! Soooooo jealous! One of these days, I'd like to head over your way to hang out with you, Autumn's Mom, Starshine and J! I'd also make my way over to WI to meet up with Ms.Mamma and a few other great bloggers! One of these days...