Guys! I participated in my very first Cosplay event on February 24th, and I gotta say - I had an absolute blast! Now, I am not particularly into anime (although Cosplay isn't exclusive to anime - can be anything cartoon or fantasy related) my brother is totally into it and was able to sweet talk me into going to this event put on by Jane Ray (a well-known Cosplayer) in Little Tokyo, downtown Los Angeles.
A few weeks ago, I visited family up in Crestline, CA. In the center of Crestline is Lake Gregory Regional Park, which includes a good-sized lake. Although the lake is man-made, the lake view is still beautiful as ever. To top it off, the lake is surrounded by a trail that goes all the way around the outside of the lake, complete with built-in exercise equipment periodically. Imagine the view while taking an early morning or evening run? I wish I had pictures of the sunrise and sunset over the lake - maybe another day.
I am writing this post not because I have reviews and memories to share of a place I've recently visited, but to confess (and ultimately kick myself into gear) that I have been failing my mission to "get out there" as of late. I had all these places that were Christmas-themed that I wanted to visit in December, but ended up being pretty sick for almost three weeks. While that is an acceptable excuse to most folks, I have been better now for almost two weeks, and I haven't gone anywhere. I had plans to go some places with my brother in L.A. County this past weekend but decided not to for some reasons that weren't really excuses - I could have made it work.
And this folks, is the rut I am trying to get out of; making excuses to not have fun and get myself out of the house (even without spending loads of cash). I have been failing my own personal mission and falling into the same habits. I need to do better. By admitting this publicly, I am hoping I will remember that there are people out there that can relate to my situation that are looking for inspiration to get up and get out like I am. For them (and myself), I will do better.
Ah, Olvera Street. An alleyway in the birthplace of Los Angeles, and one of my favorite places in Southern California. I come here several times a month, mostly because it is right across the street from L.A. Union Station and I take the train there for meetings. I always make time to go across the street and walk this little alleyway.
This small community theater is a true gem in San Bernardino County. If you're into plays and musicals, this place is a great, quick getaway - go get dinner beforehand and you've got yourself a good date night!
Let's start this off with stating Christmas is my favorite holiday. Some of my fondest childhood memories take place during Christmas time, and with a young toddler of my own, I can't wait until she is a little older and we can do super fun and cheesy Christmas stuff together. Now that being said, I kicked off the 2017 holiday season by attending the Blue Jay Christmas Parade. Where is Blue Jay you ask? It's a really small unincorporated town in the San Bernardino Mountains. In 2000, the town had a whopping population of slightly over 2,100 - whoa!
The drive up to Blue Jay is really nice, as long as there isn't snow. This small town is located on the shady side of the mountain, so it can get pretty icy.
I was off of work this past Friday and was lucky enough to have someone watch my daughter for a few hours. I wanted to get out of the house and stay local, so why not hit up the dog park? Nothing fancy, but it's free and it gets me out of the house for a bit. My pups and I were regulars at Hound Town in Moreno Valley a couple years back - it's been a while! So I leashed up the beasts and we headed to Ford Park in Redlands.
This dog park is nice because it's got separate spaces for big and little dogs, several benches to lounge on, and water fountains for the dogs. Since the dog park is only a small part of Ford Park, there's lots of space to just walk your dog if you didn't want to go off-leash. It's clean and well-maintained.
I decided to begin my adventures with none other than Venice Beach, a really cool place located about 14 miles west of Los Angels.
If you're a California native, you've probably been here at least once. I chose the Venice Beach Boardwalk because I remember coming here on one of my first trips to California as a kid, and I fell in love with it.
Venice Beach: Where you find the essence of SoCal; vendors, hustlers, music, shopping, weed, beach biking, walking in the sand, & freedom of expression.
Rebekah was born and raised in the small town of Wichita Falls, Texas, and moved to California over 10 years ago. This blog documents her adventures in truly seeing local Southern California and all it has to offer for the first time since moving to the state.