Spontaneous adventures on the weekends are my bread and butter. Give me a full day of excitement and I’ll be good to go, bonus points if it’s totally random and unplanned. I just need some sort of activity on the weekend, whether it be going out to a simple brunch/lunch or a day trip to somewhere outside of LA. Poor Kyle, he just wants to work, study, and watch soccer games all weekend and I force him to take me out. SORRY I’M NOT SORRY. During the week though? Please let me stay home and do nothing all day long, which of course I can’t do because of work. Such is life?
On Saturday morning, Kyle asked if I wanted to brunch with his family at Paradise Cove in Malibu and duhhh yeah. Brunch on the beach? YES. That’s exactly the kind of spontaneous weekend adventure I need. After brunch, we walked around the private coves, stayed clear of the freezing water, and soaked up that summer sun. My favorite.
Southern California, you really know how to make a girl swoon! Over Memorial Day weekend, we took an impromptu day trip to Lake Arrowhead and said OH WHAT THE HECK and drove the long way. Up in the mountains and through the canyons, to be exact, along Angeles Crest Highway. No shortcuts over here, my friends. It took us double the amount of time it normally takes to drive to Arrowhead but worth every extra minute. Sure, I thought I might pass out from the curving roads and scary cliffs, the lack of cell service and the motorcycles flying past us, the rolling fog and the deep valleys, but we made it. Who needs wide freeways and shorter routes anyway??
^^^That’s my explorer stance. I’ve been REALLY trying to perfect it. How am I doing?
After the long and scenic drive, we spent a couple hours at Lake Arrowhead with a waterfront picnic for two. A few tacos were eaten, a caramel apple was shared, and a VERY friendly squirrel tried to join in on the fun. The town felt a little like Disneyland, with lots of tourists and kitschy stores, but I kind of like Disneyland so it suited me just fine. Plus, the water is the bluest of blues. So blue that it’s kind of green. That’s pretty dang blue, in case you’re wondering.
Overall, the day was extra lovely and full of adventure. 10 points for the first weekend of summer! (I know the summer doesn’t offish start for another few weeks but let’s not talk about it)
^^^Thanks for turning the sky a bright shade of purple, iPhone! Does your iPhone do that?
DAY TRIP STATS
Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Miles from Los Angeles: 94
Route taken: Angeles Crest Highway (136 miles if you go this way)
Hours spent at destination: 4
Photos taken: 73
Number of squirrels that took a bite out of my caramel apple and probably gave us rabies: 1