[Day 1: The Day where we make our way to the California Coast]
[Better known as The Day we became Four Gurrrrls One Convertible]
Our California adventure starts in the unlikeliest of places: Provo, Utah. We are sitting in the tiny airport waiting area. There is no McDonalds, no news shop full of overpriced magazines and beef jerky, no security line snaking around the corner, stretching into oblivion. There is the most relaxed version of TSA I’ve ever seen, a person who walks you through every step of the automated parking payment machine, and paperback novels [including Goosebumps] for $5 each.We don’t bring big bags [That costs extra], sit together [That’s extra too], or nibble at complimentary airline pretzels and soft drinks [Take out the complimentary part], but before we know it we find ourselves landing in the Oakland airport.
So of course we hop into our rental car and speed into the sunset. Or rather we would have. Had we been able to get the top down without pushing every button four times and figure out the mysterious beep that kept going off every 30 seconds, without holding up the entire rental line and backing the car back up to the booth. But the booth holds a convertible guru who in addition to curing our rental car woes warns us that the nearby food smell is actually a well designed trap we should never follow and recommends a dinner place in Japan Town instead.
Courtney steers us beneath bridges and over the San Fran hills directly to Pier 39. While my friends are mostly fixated on the “Rock” of Alcatraz looming in the background…
I can’t help but focus a little closer to shore on the cute [Debatable I realize] sight in front of us: the sea lions. Somehow they bobbed and barked their way right into my heart.
We wander around the pier, grab a bite to eat, and then set sail around the bay.
Somewhere between the dramatic opening music and the third translation of the tour’s intro speech we realized the recording is too garbled and lost under the sound of the water and wind, so we find other ways to entertain ourselves. Mainly this includes attempting to master the elusive art of a boat with famous landmark in the background selfie and pantomiming an overly dramatic silent movie for Emily to film on her Brownie video camera.
The movie may have gone better had I realize I’d been cast as the escaped Alcatraz convict/villian on the hunt and not scared tourist girl #3 as I’d originally thought [I kept wondering why my “scared” faces weren’t satisfactory].
After the boat docks, we stroll through the Palace of Fine Arts, croon “What ever happened to predictability, the milk man, the paper boy, eeeevening TV,” in front of the painted ladies, gaze longingly at the Bi-Rite Creamery…Then it’s Goodbye San Francisco, Hello… Watsonville?
It’s a little bit of a drive from the city, but Watsonville was our beach home for the next two days. By this point it’s pitch dark, so in true millennial fashion we utilize this long drive time by taking to the interwebs to document the sites so far [I fully admit to excessive Twitter and Vine activity]. We even go as far as designating a trip hashtag. My suggestion of #4girls1convertible with the optional spelling of girls as gurls or gurrrrrls to make it a little more Internet friendly and all over hilarious was rejected in favor of #CAbyconvertible.
By the time we make it to the beach house [Which seems to be in the middle of nowhere] we are that special kind of cramped legs, icky hair, road trip tired, but that doesn’t stop us from running out full speed to the edge of the ocean.
Even though it’s the middle of the night and the water is freezing we can’t resist dipping our toes in. We fall asleep sandy and happy with the Pacific humming in our ears.
Stay tuned for Day 2: [The Day that starts with Strawberry Fields and ends with a Failed Quest for Mustard]
Currently: Missing the family already [The visits are never long enough!] and happy I finally saw Austenland this week after missing it at Sundance.Please note: If you have been over saturated with tales of people’s vacations check back next week. I’ll be done with my trilogy [Yes I’m doing a three part vacation post. Get over it.] and back to normal blog life.