I was back in California again for an errand that I needed to take care of in Burbank. I intended to stay in the Los Angeles Metro for four days but a week before arriving, I learned of an important function that I needed to attend in the Bay area. Redwood City to be exact. After considering all my options, I determined that it was faster and more economically viable to drive to the Bay area than it was to fly.
Of a particular note, my camera has become somewhat permanently attached to my hand. It’s endured heavy use, and as a result, the lock mechanism that keeps the lens attached to the camera malfunctioned right before hitting the road. I couldn’t change lenses during the trip because I couldn’t take the lens off the camera. That wouldn’t have been so bad had it not been for the fact that the lens attached to my camera was a 75mm f1.8. When the crop factor on my camera sensor is considered, the field of view was equivalent of 150mm on a full frame camera. That is NOT a practical focal length. More often than not, I didn’t have the ability to properly compose a shot. At times, I had to resort to using the camera in my phone.
After arriving in Los Angeles, Rick dropped me off at his place after he picked me up at LAX. I took care of some business at the apartment while he was at work. After I was done with what I needed to take care of, Khanh picked me up at Rick’s place and we went to hang out in West Hollwood. We had lunch at the Abbey like we usually do when we go to lunch. Though the Abbey gets loud and a bit crowded at night, it’s a nice place to have lunch at.
At night for dinner, I was in the mood for sushi. We went with Khanh’s partner, Tom, to Ajisai in West Hollywood. It’s a very small place but the food was good. A bit pricey but well worth it. I would definitely go back again.
The following morning, after I was done with what I needed to take care of in Burbank, Rick picked me up and we started making our way toward Redwood City. To get to the Bay area faster, we took the 5 Freeway(Interstate 5). When driving from Los Angeles to northern California, if time is of the essense, I definitely recommend taking the 5. The only drawback is that there isn’t much to see other than cows and power lines.
After checking into the Good Nite Inn in, Rick and I went to dinner at Milagros Mexican Restaurant in downtown Redwood City. Good shots of the streepscape or the meal were unattainable due to the impractical lens that was stuck on my camera.
The following afternoon after I was done with the important function that I needed to be at, Rick and I started driving back to Los Angeles. Since I wasn’t pressed for time, we took the 101 Freeway. The 101 is more scenic, though a bit slower. Good shots were still challenging due to the aforementioned lens issue, but I still managed to get a few.
Stops along the way included Pismo Beach, Red Lobster for lunch in Santa Maria, and Santa Barbara for fuel. The only Red Lobster in Hawaii is in Waikiki so I jumped at the chance to eat at the location in Santa Maria. Rick drove the entire way. I offered to drive if he needed a break at any point but he made it the whole way. I’m very lucky to have a friend like him.
Very early the following morning after Rick and I got back to Los Angeles, he dropped me off at Union Station so that I could catch the Amtrak to San Diego. I generally like to fly in and out of San Diego because it’s almost always cheaper to do that instead of Los Angeles.
The train got delayed about ten minutes in San Clemente, so I took the chance to go to the San Clemente Pier to get a nice shot of the beach. In that instance, the lens on my camera was a good length.
It was a nice trip back to California, as always. I hadn’t taken a road trip to the Bay area since early 2009 when Rick and I drove to Carmel. It’s hard to fathom how much time has past since the last time, and although I don’t do road trips all that much anymore. I still can enjoy them from time to time when I’m with good company. The Australia trip comes to mind in that regard. I don’t know when I’ll take another road trip up and down California, but for now, I’ll remember this last one with fond nostalgia.