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Los Angeles Hiking

On Saturday I dragged Michael out of bed πŸ˜‰ and we drove to Pacific Palisades to go for a hike in Will Rogers State Park. It’s a really big place! And it was nice. We did the Inspiration Trail. It was fairly easy, but connected to other trails you could do to make it longer.

It was about 65 degrees but felt warmer in the sunshine. It felt SO nice after being back in cold, rainy Portland for two weeks after paradise. πŸ™‚

The trail looped around a big hill and at the top there were really nice views.

There were also stables, so we saw horses. And trail runners, mountain bikers and people walking their dogs. It was a popular place.

It was a really nice workout. After that we drove to Pacific Palisades for lunch. It was a really cute place! Lots of cute little restaurants and shops. I would like to explore that area some more, too. We went to lunch at Cafe Vida, which was very popular. The place was packed the entire time and had a long wait. But it was worth it.

I got the mahi mahi grilled fish tacos topped with cabbage slaw made with yogurt and a mild sauce. It came with black beans and rice. It was SO SO delicious! Michael got a chicken and veggie bowl and he loved it, too.

I definitely recommend this place and would try and go back next time I’m there. The food felt really healthy. It wasn’t spicy, which was kind of a bummer because I like spicy fish tacos, but it was still delicious.

Saturday night we went out to dinner at Paul Martin’s in Manhattan Beach. Another great place I highly recommend! Classy joint, great food, good service. Reasonable prices compared to a lot of LA options! Also, Manhattan Beach is super cute, and parking was easy at the restaurant, so definitely check it out. The place filled up fast, too!

I got a glass of Sauvignon Blanc (delicious wine list!) and they brought freshly baked bread (the butter was awesome). I got the Wedge Salad (very very good):

And the French Onion soup:

Michael got the steak cobb salad and he said it was one of the best he’d had.

Then we splurged and shared a piece of chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Everything was so good! Definitely ate too much. Worth it.

We had an early night because we had to get up at 4:45 to get to LAX for our flight home. The early morning hour turned out to be a good time for LAX and everything went super easy. We even saw Jason Momoa at the airport!

The flight home was turbulent (yuck) but we landed and got to see Logan! I’d missed him SO much! I admit, I got a little homesick for my baby. This was the longest we’d ever been away from him (4 days) and the first time we were in another state without him. It was very weird for me. I couldn’t stop giving him kisses when I saw him!

It was a good trip. Driving in LA is nuts and I felt like our trip was spent just driving places. I didn’t get to do all the things I’d wanted to do (partly because of how long everything took to drive to) but it’s on my list for our next visit (The Getty Villa, The Natural History Museum, Runyon Canyon).

It is so good to be home. Michael and I are both “over” being on vacation though! Traveling is tiring. (Not complaining, it was all amazing, but dang we are tired!)

Friday Hiking & Beach

On Friday I (finally) got to sleep in a bit, which was nice because it was a late night! We had breakfast (I had two fried eggs and my leftover onion and tomato salad!) and my brother and his wife left for a big (not Logan friendly) hike:

So my parents, Michael and I packed up a picnic lunch and headed north from Waikoloa Village for two hikes.

The first hike was in the Hawi wind country (Opolu Point). It was at the airport up there. We parked in the airport parking lot and then hiked on a lava rock/dirt road to the Point.

We also saw whales out in the ocean.

The second hike was at Lapakahi State Park. It was so cool! It was a historical site with some huts.

We had a picnic lunch in the shade at the park and then drove to the beach and thankfully Logan took a nap in the car.

When we got A-Bay at Waikoloa Village, Logan was still sleeping so Michael hung out in the car for another 30 minutes or so so Logan could get a good nap and I went to the beach with my parents.

While I waited for Logan and Michael I swam laps in the ocean. It was nice but on this particular day the waves were choppy and kind of big so it was harder. Several times I was swimming laps and it felt like I wasn’t moving at all!

Then Michael and Logan joined us and we played in the ocean and then did some beach walks and then headed home to clean up before dinner. We got happy hour ahi nachos at Kuleana Rum Shack in Waikoloa Village.

There was a free hula show at the mall and we saw 5 minutes before the toddler was done so we went home for an early night.

The trip was fantastic. Not relaxing in any way but not TOO stressful. Our pattern was up, breakfast, hike or run and something touristy and the beach in the afternoon. It seemed to work well. I felt like we saw a TON of stuff and did a ton of stuff. I wish we could have spent more time at certain things we saw but it’s hard with a toddler who has a short attention span. So it is what it is. It was still paradise!