California Bucket List: Venice Beach


To kick off my California Summer Bucket List series, here's Venice Beach! My friends and I ventured west for our Senior Ditch Day and although our day began in a different direction, we relaxed at the beach for the afternoon. We actually had several exciting moments that I just didn't photograph, but I'll chronicle it all here.

To start, my boyfriend, my close friend, and I spent hours in the ocean. We have no idea why. Even as the waves tackled us and saltwater lodged itself in our ears, we kept swimming out. It was worth it for those waves that lifted you high and brought you back down safely. The holy grail of waves. 

As we packed our supplies into the car, a convertible filled with gorgeous, long, women pulled up across from us. One looked so familiar to me, so I ran to my best friend and we racked our brains. After some googling, I figured it out. It was Lenox Tillman from America's Next Top Model Cycle 21. We didn't want to be those people and ask for a photo, but we did ask her friend and she confirmed that it was her. 
We took to the streets and walked along a sea of beach front property, deciding which ones we would live in if we ever made it big (None, my boyfriend and I decided. A little time at the beach was enough for us.) What we could never have enough of is ice cream, so we stopped at the first place we saw and bought soft serve cones. I have to note that the best soft serve frozen yogurt is on the Santa Monica Pier, but this was an okay substitute. On our way back to the car, I was stopped by a pair asking if anybody owned a Roku device and since I can't keep my mouth shut, we ended up being in a commercial for the product. It was actually wildly fun and like nothing I've done before. I just wish my hair looked better than it did. 

Finally, we saw this gorgeous mural of some of the most brilliant minds to grace this Earth. My electrical engineer-in training-boyfriend took a picture with the painting of Nikola Tesla (down with Edison). Also painted is Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, and Abraham Lincoln. You can take a look at the full mural below. 

Venice Beach was an experience like no other. The area is so unique and vibrant. Plus, you never know what you'll find yourself a part of. I wholeheartedly recommend spending a day there for a little bit of unexpected fun. 

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