Daphne and I needed a quick girls getaway for the weekend, so we headed up the coast to Santa Barbara! We stopped at Summerland on the way in hopes of finding Jesse McCartney, but were unsuccessful. Maybe next time! We stayed at a cute Air B n’ B right off of State Street, and headed to the Christmas parade for the night. The parade had more than 90 floats! After the Christmas parade, we grabbed dinner. It was absolutely freezing, and truly felt like Christmas time. We spent the next day riding a tandem bike (certainly harder than you’d think, by the way…), losing phones, recovering phones, and losing phones again. We managed to fit in a quick visit to Mission Santa Barbara, which was gorgeous. We headed to the pier for the most expensive ice cream I’ve ever had (you live and you learn!) and soaked up the sunshine. Sometimes all you need is a quick trip with your best friend to make everything right again!
Los Angeles, CA –> New York, NY –> Pittsburgh, PA –> Wheeling, WV —> St. Clairsville, OH –> [West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland] —> Washington, DC –> Pittsburgh, PA –> Wheeling, WV –> Pittsburgh, PA –> Detroit, MI –> Los Angeles, CA
This may have been one of the most tiring trips I’ve ever been on, but one of the most fulfilling. J and I flew out to the east coast to visit schools. We decided to throw in a day trip to Washington, D.C. since he had never been. What was supposed to be a 5 hour trip turned into 6 hours one way + 7 hours the way back. Poor planning (why are there so many toll roads in Pennsylvania!?), a shut down highway, and a misplaced hotel booking couldn’t stop us from having a blast though. From rugby games in West Virginia to snow in Ohio to the monuments at night, the trip was absolutely wonderful.
Highlights of the trip included:
-Seeing virtually all the monuments we wanted
-Eating at the Old Ebbit Grill in DC
-Crepes at Later Alligator in Wheeling, West Virginia
-Waking up to snow in St. Clairsville, Ohio
-Getting a travel voucher for a 45 minute delay
While the trip was jam packed and tiring, I wouldn’t have traded it. I’m young now, and often worry about losing time (and the consequent memories) to work, family, and obligations. I’m lucky my boss is supportive of my trips and that I have a partner who is so keen to travel with me!