Among the things I want to get better at (like blogging more often) one of those things is to blog about my travels more. I love to travel, who doesn’t, and David and I are lucky enough to be able to go on a handful of trips a year. My first, and until now, only post on travel was earlier this year when we went to Palm Springs, where I am going again in the October! I cannot wait to follow my own advice.
One roadblock in more travel blogging is that since I would say 2013, our trips have been to the same places over and over. With my family living in various places in the USA, and me being a big family person, many – if not all – of our trips have been in the same few places the past few years.
Manhattan Beach (which has allowed up to explore the LA area.)
Denver (My home! Love it there, so over the snow tho.)
Farmington, New Mexico ( where my parents now live.)
Seattle (It is close to Vancouver, and a great city! So much to see, eat, and drink there.)
This next year, trips will still be spent in those places, but with the hopes of expanding this travel portion of the blog, I am excited about some new areas we will be venturing to in 2017! But for now, here is the latest travel post on TLFR.
7 hours in Los Angeles
Have you ever booked a flight that has a hideously long layover somewhere? Once I was stuck in Tampa for hours, and it was awful. Being stuck in any airport for long periods of time is tiring, boring, and expensive. Thirsty? Here is a $24 bottle of water. Wanna get your drink on? Well you better take out a second mortgage, because that vodka soda just cost you a thousand dollars. (Ok not really, but it sure feels that way!)
On a recent trip to see my mom and dad, we made a layover – on purpose – in LA to see my sister. David told me once he had a 6 hour layover at LAX, and had my sister lived there back then, it would have been much more enjoyable for him to pop down to their home in Manhattan Beach. Here is the thing tho, even if you are not lucky enough to have a sibling or friend living in Manhattan Beach, you can easily spend your layover there! How? I am so glad you asked.
- Manhattan Beach is so close to LAX. Our UBER was $11 USD!
- Do not pack large carry ons. If we did not have my sister’s place to leave our stuff, we still could have enjoyed our layover with a small backpack as our carry on. You do not want to be lugging around a rolling carry on bag all day, may as well just stay in the airport and take out that second mortgage already.
- Have TSA pre-check. To be honest, LAX (and any airport that isn’t Bellingham or Durango) can be crazy when it comes to security. If you do not have TSA pre-check, a 7 hour layover may not be long enough for you to leave the airport and hit MB. You can get TSA PC, or if you live in Canada/USA you can get Nexus which will cover …you know what? Why am I giving away that secret. Just get TSA precheck. Or don’t…;P
Now what to do? Obviously, you are going to need to eat. My recommendation for is Brew Co. Beers, fish tacos, good burgers, close to the beach, it is great. We spent about 2 hours enjoying some beers and scarfing down ahi tuna tacos. Afterwards, go for a walk on The Strand, after all – you just drank your weight in carbs (if you are us) so a walk will do ya good. One thing I love love love about Manhattan Beach is that it is SMOKE FREE. You will not have any pesky smoke wafting up your nose while you are enjoying a stroll past multi million dollar homes and the rolling Pacific Ocean. You can wish you were the CEO of Tommy Bahama and owned that one house on the corner in a safe, smoke free environment!
So you ate, drank, and worked out (lol) now you deserve a treat. Head back up to The Creamery for an ice cream cookie sandwich that claims to be the first of its kind. The Creamwich is a “create your own” sugary delight that will have you smiling, unless like David you get it half dipped in chocolate and it is so hot outside, the chocolate is melting off down your hands in 2.3 seconds. Ice cream not your thing? That is ok! Take a left when leaving The Creamery and mosey on over to some of the best cookies you will ever taste. Becker’s. This is where you can buy a box full of super cute surfboard sugar cookies for your niece and nephew in Denver, then leave them in your sister’s freezer! No but really, grab a box of these cookies and take them to your final destination with you. Your friends/family/people that work at the hotel you are staying at, will be happy you did! Bonus – Becker’s has Stumptown cold brew coffee on tap. Some of the Pacific North West in South Bay? Score!
Now that you have had your sugar rush, your day is probably inching closer to that sad time where you have to leave one of the most beautiful places on earth and call an Uber and head back to LAX. Where you will get on time, then undoubtably wait two hours longer than you thought you would for your plane to leave because that airport is a shit show. But, man…do I love flying into it.
Our next trip? Whistler! We leave tonight and will be hiking and hitting the spa. Not sure I will blog about that, as Whistler is so close – and it is a quick trip. But maybe I will, just to get the travel ball rolling and help those who have not been there before. Keep an eye out for more on Palm Springs, a trip to Puerto Vallarta, and (hopefully) France in late 2017. But for now, LA, Denver, Seattle, and NM are going to have to keep this travel part of the blog going.
Also, I typed this on my iPhone while on the train. Please forgive any spelling errors and/or grammar issues. I will fix them when I am on the old MacBook.