The next day we took surfing lessons (a first for both of us). It was awesome! Our instructor had us practice on the beach for a while to start (Mr. G picked it up right away, but it was super tough for me) and then move out into the ocean. (Sidenote: I LOVED wearing a wetsuit. It was so nice to be warm in the water and not have to worry about a big wave taking off part of my bikini!)
Mr. G heading out for a wave:
We both stood up on several waves and even rode in together on a couple. (And I was worried beforehand that I wouldn't even be able to stand up!) What surprised me the most was how physically demanding surfing is! We were exhausted after our 2 hour lesson and spent the rest of the day relaxing and recuperating. I was sore the next day too, haha.
Thankfully we were still able to walk around town to enjoy all the exotic (to us) plants in everyone's gardens. Cactus, what?!
The next day we drove to LA - a traffic beast all its own. Roads everywhere!
To celebrate our anniversary, we ate dinner at Crossroads, a vegan restaurant. I finally braved the world of cold soup and had the chilled cucumber soup. It was . . weird. The soup was definitely cold, but it had enough spices (pepper, garlic, and others I couldn't identify) that it warmed my mouth. I wasn't sure what to make of it. Mr. G had "crab cakes" made of hearts of palm. I was amazed that they actually tasted like crab cakes!
For dinner, we couldn't decide between risotto and lasagna, so we each ordered one and shared. I didn't realize how much I miss sharing dinners at restaurants (usually Mr. G orders meat dishes that I don't eat).
Our other exciting experience in LA was watching a taping of the The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. We saw Craig doing stand up live a few years ago and Mr. G has been watching his show ever since. I think he's funnier in person. :) Getting to see behind the scenes of a TV show was fascinating too. They used 5 or 6 different cameras throughout the show and adjusted the lights, sounds, etc. while filming. Very on-the-fly kind of job!
Next up: Big Sur & San Francisco
Any other surfers out there? (I think I need more lessons before trying it alone.) Have you ever watched a TV show taping?