LA’s either a city you love or hate. We happen to love it!! If it wasn’t so far from family, I think we’d move there in a heartbeat. I think it’s the fact that you can be outdoors pretty much year round and everyone’s active. It’s busy, young, and fun. Yes, the traffic is a little heavier than Raleigh, but we haven’t it found it awful either time we’ve been. Unless we own a private jet one day, we’ll be keeping our roots here on the east coast : ) For now, we’ll just have to enjoy spending a few days there whenever we can!
We are blessed to have two amazing friends out that way who know the ins and outs of the city. They let us stay with them and play tour guide for our mini-vacations. Anything we want to see or do, they’re willing. We already have plans for our next trip out there to go into the desert and explore Joshua’s Tree. Maybe that’ll be Beanie’s first plane trip : ) Our trip last year was busy. We saw EVERYTHING in LA in about a 10 hour period of time. They wanted us to have the full experience. This year we decided to take it a little slower. Lindsay had to work a little, and with my energy not being as high as it was pre-pregnancy, a slow pace was just what we needed. While Lindsay was working, Ryan took us down to the Chinese Theater area so we could see the handprints. It was the one thing we couldn’t do last year because it was closed for the Oscars. We had a little time leftover after our touristy morning and before Lindsay got off work, so we went boutique shopping! There’s this camera bag I’ve wanted for months, but they only sell it online, and in one retailer in LA. I was hesitant to buy it off line because it’s something I really wanted to test in person. So we used our extra hour and headed to the camera boutique…where I, of course, got my new bag! Which made Kyle want one too, so on our way back through LA to fly out we had to run by the store and get him one too : ) We didn’t take any photos of them with the real camera, but we have some on my instagram if you want to see our new gorgeous bags! My handle is aj_dunlap
After Lindsay got off work, we decided to go hiking…one of our favorite activities! I never realized how mountainous LA was before my first trip out there. We definitely got a hard work out in hiking the canyon. Every time we reached a peak and we thought we’d made it to the top, you could see the next one off in the distance. Finally, we had to give up after we were all exhausted from climbing so many mini peaks. It was still breathtaking up there. Those hills are gorgeous, and we could see downtown LA off in the distance! We cooled down from our workout with a quick trip to the beach for sunset. AMAZING!
The next day it was time to drive up to Santa Barbara for United 2014. We drove the PCH most of the way, and pulled over every opportunity we got to see the views! We did try to find different spots than last year, so we could experience new things. Our favorite was this one where we had to hike down the cliffs to get to the beach. Once we got down there it was so private and stunning. Rock formations and cliffs lined the shore, something you definitely don’t see here in NC.
Well, that’s about it for our touristy adventures in California. We’ll have more on the conference shoots coming up soon!
This a real house in Beverly Hills!!!! Lindsay and Ryan call it the Hobbit House : )
I wish I could remember the name of that canyon! Linds, help me out here please : ) It was such a gorgeous hike!
10 bucks says this is their Christmas card photo next year, haha : )
I love their sweet dog, Keyrah. She made leaving ours for the week easier!
My friend since middle school : ) (and the only time in my life I’ve ever been taller than her!)
Love you two!
This was on top of the cliffs at our favorite spot on the PCH. Gorgeous, right?!
And I’ll end with this, haha. Kyle made me belly laugh with my baby bump : )