California

“California, California, California,” anyone remember The Wizard??? Probably just me and my brother.

Well I annoyed Amy just about all weekend with that, but in between pestering my incredibly patient girlfriend I had a great time visiting the West Coast for the first time in my life! Yes, until this trip the furthest West I had been was out to Las Vegas for countless Red Flag exercises with the Air Force.

We traveled out to UC Santa Barbara to help Amy weigh her decision on which masters program to attend (she also made it into Yale, UVA, and Duke, what a big brain!) and worked our way down to LA to visit her cousin Joe Lynch, who as is it turns out directs movies and music videos! Very cool dude and a lot of fun to talk to since we’re both heavily into nerd stuff.

For as much bad press as LA gets, I really liked it! It’s definitely an acquired taste, but there’s a big arts scene that I was really digging and I would opt for another visit in a heartbeat.

Here are some of my favorites from our weekend getaway.

PS Amy decided last week to attend UVA to pursue a PhD!

Didn’t have to wait long for this guy to roll buy.

Amy and I on the UCSB beach, yes the campus is on a beach and I have no clue how they keep their attendance up. A little dodging on the trees and dune.

My favorite shot of the lot. I used to love going on The Scrambler with my Grandma when I was a kid and this poor soul is obviously terrified of the ride. Took this on the Santa Monica pier. No special effects here, just zoomed and dragged the shutter with a somewhat high F-stop to get a sharp picture.

BIG pano of the pier and beach.

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