Melrose

Oh Melrose, how pristine you are! We spent a pretty fabulous Monday, beginning with a lunch tasting and ending with a walk around Melrose Blvd. It’s been a while since I’ve experienced walking into picture-perfect stores that entice you to buy pretty things! Window shopping is a sport because you need to sustain a level of intellectual strength to not reach into your wallet. But we did enjoy making up our faces with Glossier samples and smelling delicious thanks to Le Labo. And a little sugar rush at the local bakery capped our materialistic cravings.

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Venice 2.0

Another beach day, another walk on sandy terrain, another adventure around crazy spunky Venice. We took an easy day before Sophia left this leg of the journey. A couple lost wanderings into graffiti’d and gritty alleys and a delicious LA appropriate avo toast with a poached egg and feta. Another perfect blue sky and blissful weather to conclude this memorable week.

Scooter & Chill

Today I was introduced to a new method of payed transportation: scooters. Bird and Lime scooters are all over LA, and sometimes even in your way as you walk around them on the sidewalk. They are a pretty fun method of traveling around the city, especially when the distance isn’t long enough to justify four-wheel transport. We raced along Venice Beach in tandem, bumps in the road and leaves from trees in our faces. A tad unsafe but oh so exhilarating. I vote for simulated flying as the next urban transportation method. Anyone?

Apart from racing across LA we caught up on work at a beachside cafe called Great White. Whisker-licking scrambled eggs.

Beach and Burrito

I ate the best breakfast burrito in my life today. By the beach. On the sand. And then we dove into the ocean for a post-brunch swim. Not sure how people do work in San Diego… I’d be outside all day swimming, playing, eating, laughing. We walked up and down the boardwalk before getting ready for the final trip of the week: Los Angeles.

When we arrived in LA this evening we met with our friends Richelle and Adam for a Mexican dinner and then crashed from a full week of breathtaking travel.

Golden State

Sedona when it’s cloudy is beautiful (the red contrast against the grey sky makes my eyes water from the beauty) but Sedona when the sky is blue is even more spectacular. We took our time to leave this morning, and then headed westward towards San Diego. We arrived in California by sunset, a gorgeous full and deep yellow sun welcoming us to the west coast. This symbolized the coast-to-coast… to think we were in DC just a few weeks ago!

We ended the day with a dinner and olive oil tasting with alumnae from Smith College. I found a new love: olive oil with fresh figs.

Vortex

Leaving Santa Fe was hard, but the excitement of seeing Arizona was a great motivator. The landscape along the highway was like anything I’d ever seen: flat and then rocky mountains dotted with green bushes. When we finally arrived in Sedona we drove around the town for another hour, admiring nature in all its glory even on a gloomy day. We had dinner at a restaurant overlooking one of the mountains, and felt the vortex rise up through our feet and into our legs. The most pleasant dizzying experience. Next time I return it will be for a hike!

Sunset Hike

The day started with a trip to the farmers market: tomatoes, potatoes, peaches, oh my! Probably one of the best farmers markets in the country. We made our way to Modern General for a lunch olive oil tasting, and then had very cheesy New Mexican food at a place called Maria’s. To experience Santa Fe from another perspective we ventured out on a modest hike just before sunset. The colors of the sun are a deep orange/red I’ve never seen anywhere else. Perhaps each city has a sunset that makes it unique. If that’s the case, Santa Fe’s is one of the most beautiful!