Kyle Kotajarvi

Day 12: Zuma Beach & Santa Monica

We attempted to make an early start today, and failed.  It was okay though! We really deserved the rest! I really wanted Randy’s Donuts, so we made a quick pit stop there before we headed to Zuma Beach.  

Zuma Beach is located in Malibu, which is directly west of downtown Los Angeles.  Wee were staying in Anaheim, so it took us nearly an hour to get there. It was a beautiful beach, but it was basically the same thing as Huntington Beach, just without the pier.  We relaxed on the beach for awhile and watched as a few dolphins swam by. When we were packing up to leave, a flock of seagulls attacked the people next to us and it was hilarious.   

After spending a few relaxing hours at Zuma, we decided to head down to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.  I had never been to Santa Monica before, so I was pretty darn excited.  We parked our car and headed down to the mall.  The Third Street Promenade was like an outdoor Mall of America.  It was four or five blocks of name brand stores with a three story mall on one end of the street.  There was everything you’d ever want—REI, Urban, H&M, Levi’s etc..  With how accessible it was, came chaos.  The place was packed and it quickly grew annoying.  Kassidy was pretty set on getting a panini from this place called Uga’s, so we did that, then split up for about an hour to shop on our own.  I was trying to look for some good deals, but wasn’t able to find anything because everything was so shopped through.  I visited Urban, H&M, Levi’s, J. Crew and REI.    

We all met up at again at about 4 and Kassidy informed us that one of her friends would be meeting us there, so while Kassidy went and met her friend, Clancy and I headed down to the pier.  The place was just absolutely packed and overwhelmed, so we just hung out at the park overlooking the pier.  I wasn’t a big fan of Santa Monica—it was entirely too crazy for me.  

We didn't do much for the rest of the day, which was completely okay with me.  More adventures are to come.