My first trip to Southern California was amazing! My sister had a field hockey tournament in Palm Springs and my parents nominated me chaperone. I traveled with my sister, her friend Kayla, and Kayla’s mom Sue. We had an absolute blast and I fell in love with California. I was so sad to leave, and I can’t wait to go back!
We landed in Los Angeles at 4:00pm on Tuesday. The sun was about to set and Sue really wanted to see the sunset on the ocean so we hopped of the plane, got our rental car and arrived at Dockweiler Beach just as the sun was setting. It was so beautiful to see the sun set on the ocean, a nice change to seeing it rise on the east coast.
By the time we were done at the beach (we were starving after the 5 hour plane ride) so we found the nearest In-N-Out burger. It was definitely delicious but not that different from Five Guys. We were so exhausted from traveling and the time change, so we drove to our hotel in downtown Los Angeles and went right to bed.
The next morning we were up by 6am and ready to begin our day in LA. We started the day with a hike in Runyon Canyon. The weather was a perfect 80 degrees and the views were spectacular. It was a little rougher than we anticipated, but we had a great time and everyone we met was so friendly!
Next, we went to Sunset Blvd to go on our celebrity tour. It was a two hour bus ride around Hollywood and Beverly Hills, where we saw lots of celebrity homes and no celebrities. We did pull into Justin Timberlake’s driveway and I almost died.
After our tour, we went over to Hollywood Blvd to check out the Walk of Fame and the Dolby Theater. It was super crowded and is basically like the Times Square of Los Angeles. Next, we drove over to The Grove to walk around and get a bite to eat. By the time we were done eating, it was getting late and we needed to get on the road to Palm Springs.
Our first full day in Palm Springs was Thanksgiving and I spent the majority of it at the Empire Polo Grounds watching my sister’s field hockey tournament. They won both games (yay!) and were done by 12, so we headed back to the hotel and lounged by the pool for a couple of hours. Even though it was weird not being with my family for Thanksgiving, I definitely could get used to spending everything Thanksgiving that way.
Since just about every restaurant in Palm Springs was closed, we had our Thanksgiving dinner at IHOP where we ate eggs, bacon, pancakes, and waffles (nothing close to Thanksgiving food) but it was pretty delicious. We then ventured over to Target for some Black Friday shopping where we all bought matching Frozen pajamas.
We spent the next couple of days at the polo grounds watching field hockey. My sister’s team went undefeated in the tournament and won their pool! She did a great job and it was so fun getting to spend time with her.
On our last day we went horseback riding. I haven’t been horseback riding since I was about 13 so it was a little interesting but I adjusted quickly (except when the horse would trot- I did not adjust so great and my butt was sore for two days haha). We rode for an hour in the desert at the foot of the mountains and the views were breathtaking; definitely the best way to end our time in California.