When we moved to Los Angeles almost 2 years ago, we knew it would be quite the experience. In fact, we decided it would be our own adventure. Not only would it be an adventure because we were newlyweds, but this was our adventure to explore California. We figure that we will probably not live here forever, and might as well enjoy it (especially before we have kids).
We made a list of all the things we wanted to do and hang it on the refridgerator. When we have a free weekend, or have tourist visitors, we find a new adventure to complete. We have done everything from Disneyland to boogie boarding to Koreatown. We also include cool restaurants and random hotspots. My favorite adventure experience was during our own special holiday time. We have Christmas on 12/25, my birthday on 12/28, New Year's Eve on 12/31 (the day we met), and our anniversary on 1/2. Steve's birthday is a few weeks later on 1/22. We used this time to celebrate and cross things of the list. This year, we went to the Los Angeles Zoo for my birthday, Disneyland on New Year's Day, and Catalina Island and Lowry's for an anniversary celebration.
I thought I would include our list. We welcome any suggestions. A* means we've done the adventure at least once.
- Ethnic Towns (Korea*, Filipino, Little Ethiopia, China, Thai)
- Downtown Districts (flower*, diamond, fashion*, toy)
- Universal Studios*
- Universal CityWalk*
- Californa Adventure
- Knott's Berry Farm
- Magic Mountain*
- Mormon Day at the Dodger Stadium*
- The Channel Islands
- Tide Pools*
- Roscoe's Chicken and Waffles*
- Amoeba Music*
- Boogie Boarding*
- Laguna Beach*
- La Brea (Spanish for "the Tar") Tar Pits*
- Hammer Museum
- Getty Center
- Skirball Center
- Griffith Park*
- Tonight Show
- Sony Studios
- Watch the Taping of a TV show* (We saw Jeopardy with my brothers)
- The Orchard* (Steve's family has an orchard in the valley)
- Hard Rock Cafe*
- Los Angeles* and San Diego Zoos
- Long Beach Aquarium
- Venice Beach*/Muscle Beach*
- Santa Monica Pier*
- Santa Monica Pier Amusement Park
- Star Map
- Dog Beach* (this was a disaster. My dogs now HATE the ocean)
- Dog Park*
- Bike at the Beach*
- San Diego*
- Couch Theater
- Korean BBQ*
- Palos Verdes*
- Museum of Science and Technology*---this is so good, we're going back again!
- Jack's Pantry
- Randy's Donuts*
- Filipino Restaurant*
- Bel Air*/Beverly Hills*
Last weekend, we were able to complete several of our adventures. I had planned to run the Palos Verdes Marathon with my dog, Nike. We had been meaning to take a drive around Palos Verdes for a while, and thought this would be the perfect opportunity. Unfortunately, it didn't quite work out as planned. Nike cut his feet on the asphalt somewhere around mile 6. It was really odd because we had been doing this type of thing for years with no issues. I had some crazy woman yell at me like I was an animal killer for daring to run this with my dog. She probably didn't realize that he had run more marathons than she had. His feet were very bloody and I had to call Steve to pick him up and take care of him. It ruined my time, so I ran another 10 miles and decided not to wear myself out. We bought Nike some socks to pad his feet, and ease his pain (he's fine now, don't worry) They have racecars from Disney's "Cars" He looks very cute in his baby socks.
On the way home, we stopped at the donut place in Inglewood with the massive donut on the roof. The fare was among the best pastries we've ever had.
I've included a slideshow of our adventures to date. Hopefully we'll be have many more adventures to come and plenty of fun while we're at it.