Tavern Man’s first trip to California happened in February, just a month and a half after my last trip to see him. I threw him into California lifestyle right away. The night he flew in, we went downtown to meet up with my friends. Tavern Man seemed a little quiet that night, maybe he was tired, or put off by the millions of people occupying a single bar. Where he is from, 10 people in a bar is reaching maximum occupancy. He survived his first night and was ready to see the rest of the Huntington Beach the next day.
We went to the beach and walked to the end of the pier to eat hamburgers and milkshakes at Ruby’s diner, an acclaimed spot in Huntington Beach, that every tourist must seek out during their visit. We took time to lay out on the sand and work on our tans. A perfect beach day in the middle of February!
Our next stop was Catalina Island. Luckily for us, my youngest sister’s boyfriend got us very discounted tickets, and the two youngsters tagged along. On the island we played a round of miniature golf. This golf course is one of my favorites. At each hole there is a fact about the island and the hole is set up to match the fact. It is a very fun and challenging course. I am proud to say that I won that round, and my golf skills are much better than Tavern Man’s. ;-) Next, we walked through the little tourist town to a kayak rental booth. Tavern Man brought his go pro and spent more time filming under water life than paddling. There is proof of this on his videos! Needless to say, my arms got their workout! When we got back from the island we got In-N-Out burger for Tavern Man. Our famous fast food joint in California with the best hamburgers and fries. Tavern Man was not openly impressed with his food, but I know secretly he was wanting more and wishing South Carolina had its own In-N-Out.
On his last day in California, my other sister and I took Tavern Man to Hollywood. The three of us hiked up to the Hollywood sign where we got a great smoggy view of LA and a very up close look at the sign. After the sign, we did the Walk of Fame and followed the stars along Hollywood Blvd. Doing the tourist thing was fun, but I myself can only handle a little bit of LA at a time, and I was happy to go home and just hang out with my family.
The next day I had to take Tavern Man to the airport very early in the morning. It was such a sad parting. My next trip in April was not set in stone. I didn’t know if I could get time off from work. But I wouldn’t have to wait until April. Tavern Man surprised me in a BIG way in March.
That March I went to Arkansas for a dance convention/competition. Tavern Man and I had discussed him meeting me there, but decided it was too expensive and he couldn’t get time off from work. But when I landed at the airport in Arkansas, someone tapped me on the shoulder and I turned around to find myself face to face with my long distance boyfriend. I stared at him not believing it was him. He drove 10 hours so he could spend ONE night with me. He really couldn’t get time off from work and had to go back the next day. It was like a scene from a movie! It was so romantic. I will never forget that day!
Coming up: my third trip to South Carolina in April, the most beautiful time in South Carolina.