Well time here in sunny California seems to pass even faster than anywhere else on this planet. To catch up with the time I try to summarize more and write less – already 1.5 weeks behind!
Saturday a week and a half ago we had brilliant sunny weather. The perfect day for a hike. We picked the area in the hinterland of Malibu for our hike. Nice trail, nice company! To regain energy we had dinner at Neptnun’s Net: fried seafood sample platter. Awesome taste! Do I have to mention the splash into hot springs to finish off the day?
07.04.12 Santa Barbara Beach
Well we have been a hell lot busy recently. This is why we spent that day in Santa Barbara for a shopping afternoon and beach hangout. Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream is alway an indulgence. I think its not appropriate to complain as this was actually a brilliant day in April but the sandstorm on the beach was definitely something to complain about! Also I had two splinters in the toe after a stroll along the Santa Barbara main pier.
08.04.12 Shopping at Outlets, Panda Dinner
There is not much to say to this day. Again we went for shopping in the outlets. Finished off with actually nice Panda Dinner
09.04.12 Cinema – Olympus has fallen
Tuesday night was one more time movie night. We decided to watch this patriotic movie because it perfectly fit to our schedule. Just before I went to inline skate the oxnard shores – nice workout!
10.04.12 Surfing plus BBQ at a colleagues home
The schedule was already tight. I left work at 4, headed to a colleagues home, hooked up a surfboard and started surfing at Mondos Beach – pardon paddling. I struggled one more time to get in and out of the wet suit but the fun was all on my side in between.
We all met for a BBQ to celebrate this fabolous after work surf fun and lifestyle. Meat, veggies, lettuce – tasty! This summer shall never end!
11.04.12 Beach Volleyball, clip clap hairs are cut
Outa work, into inline skating boots, off to the beach volleyball court in front of Rudderroom bar. Sand in the feet, hands in the air, trying to not let the ball hit the ground. I think I leave this to other ppl, my back wrists were deep red after this work out.
Right after it was time for a summery hair cut! A colleagues room mate was so kind and helped me out – don’t you think 10 mm is so much better than the fringes I had before?
Furthermore a colleague showed us a typical American desert: Rice Crispy Treats. First butter and marshmallows are molten in a pot and stirred together. Once everything is molten Rice Crispy Breakfast cereals are added until it looks like the cereals are slightly coated in marshmallow sauce. Let it cool in the fridge until rigid! One more time: Tasty!
12.04.12 Drive to San Francisco, Gettogether
We reached our house in San Francisco at approximately 10 PM after 6.5 hours drive. The drive didn’t feel that long because we broke it up with fuel breaks and picnics.
Our house has 4 floors and one loft. Ground floor housed the garage, first floor held a bedroom and bath, second floor is kitchen and dining area with a large pull out couch, third floor is lounge and on top in the roof was another queen size bed in the loft. Interior is very stylish. All that for not much more money than living in a hostel over the weekend.
We sat together around the dining table to fade this day out.
13.04.12 Sightseeing San Francisco
I woke up in the middle of Mission District in our house. The smell of pancakes was in the air and the sun sneeked through the window. Isn’t that a perfect start in the day?!
Sightseeing started at the Market street. We headed towards China Town Gate. There was a lot of cheap chunk to see and nice food, such as chicken claws and dried seafood, on offer. Next part before lunch was the financial district with a very unique triangle shaped building. We made our way through to the Coit Tower but didn’t enter it. The view from above the hill is already pretty cool. Down to the Harbour Front for lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe. Beefed up, the tour continued with a stroll along Pier 39 where we watched sea lions hanging out in the sun. We kept going along the harbor front towards Fishermans Wharf. The whole path was an indulgence for the eye.
We passed the manual cable car turnaround and headed towards Lombard Street which winds down a very steep hill. We were boarding the ancient cable car on top of that hill. Hanging on the outside of the cable car I was riding down to Market street – pretty much fun!
After a few minutes refreshment in our home we drove up the Twin Peaks to get a great view of the city. The view could not have been any better! We took the chance and drove below the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point to enjoy the sunset right behind the bridge – stunning!
One more time back home we prepared for a big night out. Self made Margarithas and Strawberry Smoothies to warm up and light up the party mood. Finally we went out and had a really really good time in Valencia street corner 16th. Best activity of the night was probably that all of us squeezed into a photo booth for some crowded pictures. Happy fun!
The second day started again with pancakes. Why would we be satisfied with any less?
We headed towards Golden Gate Bridge and this time we crossed it. Just after we headed left, up some serpentines for an extraposh view towards the red bridge, alcatraz and the skyline of San Francisco. We drove to another spot on the north side of the bridge to have the view from below and just afterwards to Sausalito disctrict. After a short stroll along the harbour with the expensive sailing boats we drove back to the city. The drive across the bridge was captured with a friends GoPro and ended with uncertainty about how to pay the toll. We found out that the toll has to be paid online. The afternoon was filled with lunch at Panera Soups and a short shopping stop at H&M Market Street. I bought to shirts before we started the long drive back home. Nice weekend, nice company, nice weather, nice food, nice sights and nice views!
This week started easy.
Monday I met a colleague to get a preview of the pictures taken on the weekend.
Tuesday was inline skating and whirlpool. I discovered a nice road east of Camaillo!
Wednesday was BBQ at a colleaugues place with TriTip Beef, fries and yummy salads. I have been responsible for the grilled chocolate banana as dessert. So tasty!
Thursday night was Beach Volleyball. This time the ball was much softer and the game play much smoother. I pretty much enjoyed being on the beach and doing some workout!
Friday was when I went to the beach after work to give me some break. We also met to bake cup cakes and chocolate chip cookies. The baking produce was eaten whilst watching Django the movie. Super actors, excellent dialogues! We also booked a suite for the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas for next weekend, lets create some large foot steps.
Yesterday we have been to the Long Beach Grand Prix. It was a long sunny day on a city race course with different racing challenges. Highlight of the day was definitely the drift challenge at the end of the day!
At one race of the day many cars didn’t manage the turn in a 180 degree curve. The problem was probably some liquid on the course. Fun day, Fun pictures, Fun tan!
Food was provided along the course. I myself had some Philly Cheese Steak and a Turkey Drum Stick. Both could have been tastier and with some cutlery first one could have been eaten easier. Very meaty this day.
Today is beachy day, hopefully we end up in the whirlpool when darkness replaces the sun.
Again you all wait for the pics? Its about 3 weekends of pics. Well for the moment I think its more important to enjoy the beach – sorry!