January 12th-15th 2018
I remember in late October 2017, Mason asked my other friends an I if we wanted to take a trip to LA. Of course we all replied "YES" to his text. A few months later and there I was, boarding a plane for the first time in my life. I had no clue what to expect being a first time flyer. When we took off down the runway, I've never witnessed something go from 20-600 mph in a matter of 5 seconds. While in the air, I could not keep my eyes from staring out the window 40,000 ft. above the world. it was 20 degrees at CVG when we took off straight into a snow storm but when you get above those clouds, man it is a beautiful sight to see. I can honestly say, I took about 200 photos of the wing outside my window. I've always been a sucker for airplane photos for some reason. After we landed at LAX, we stepped off the plane into 65 degree weather and it never felt so good. We made our first stop at the famous In-and-Out Burger just outside the airport. If you have never had it, I highly recommend it 10/10.
We knew we only had 3 days on this trip so we had to knock out as much as we could in such little time. We started off by going to Hollywood like every other tourist in the area. We were approached by many walks of life about a numerous amount of things. We attempted to take the TMZ Celebrity Tour only to find out that it was sold out but we were able to use that time to go on to do other activities like spending a few hours at The Grove and Farmer's Market. After that we wandered down to the famous Rodeo Drive to go car spotting. Exotic cars are literally around every corner of the city. Name it, we saw it. We then ventured out to the iconic Santa Monica Pier, where we captured sunset. At night, SMP is one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen. The sound of the waves crashing in, the screams from those riding the roller coaster all in nice warm 70 degree air. It just makes you stop and appreciate your surroundings. After SMP, we took a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway although it was dark.
On day 2, we started our day off driving to a car show in Beverly Hills that we would arrive late to. As we got out of the car, 10 Lamborghini's pulled out of a parking lot and came flying down the street right in front of us. It was incredible to say the least. Then the Godfather of all exotics, a Bugatti Chiron, pulled up. It was a first for all of us to see one because they are so rare. We were then in route to Malibu Beach except we took the scenic route driving through Calabasas and the Agoura Hills. We came around a bend and saw about $8 million worth of cars waiting patiently at a stop light. We met a friend from Cincinnati who lives in the Malibu area and he showed us around. He lead us to Point Dume and we hiked to the top of a cliff that offered a priceless view. As the time went by, we headed back into town and drove to Venice where we would then catch the sunset. Later that night, we drove to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art where we took some photos of a unique outdoor area filled with street lights. We concluded our trip with an all-nighter and a 7am flight back to Cincinnati. It was 70 degrees when we left LAX then we landed at CVG where the snowy, bitter cold temperatures of Ohio would welcome us back.