Monday, September 30, 2013

California Road Trip '13 (Part 3)

That night, after visiting the park, we had great Mexican and caught some lively karaoke at Pancho's in Manhattan Beach.
Trevor MCs a couple nights each week there, and he does a pretty mean Eminem while he's at it.
The next day, Trev, Yume, and I shopped Universal City.



Previously, Yume and I had spotted a Marilyn Monroe actor in the park…
…but I think this was a little more jaw-dropping when we saw it. (Check the price at the bottom! That's some expensive sugar.)
She was in "Marilyn heaven."
Then, Trevor and I found our own little corner of geek heaven…
Cue the theme.
Trevor even nominated us for an Oscar!
Before leaving L.A., Trevor took us up to the heights so we could gaze down upon the urban sprawl.



A view of the Hollywood Sign.
Before long, we were on the road to Santa Barbara!
Once we arrived, we hit the beach.

But we weren't alone! College friends, the Okunos—Mark, Emma, and now little Ash—hosted us on our stay.
Mark led me down memory lane across the UCSB campus.
And while a good portion of it had changed…
…much of it remained just as I had left it.
Back at the Okuno place, we were treated to excellent Japanese nabe (hot pot soup) and even better company.
The Okuno cats were comfortably unperturbed by our stay.
Thanks for all the new happy memories, Okuno-sama!
Five more hours on the road and we were back in Rio Vista, road trip completed!