I just got back today from California, which was one of the most exciting and amazing trips I have ever been on. Me and my friend, Nick Fensterman from LeTourneau University, drove out there and instead of staying in hotels, we decided to Couch Surf (http://www.couchsurfing.com) with different people along the way, so our first stop was in Tucumcari, NM and we stayed with a guy named Zac, who was awesome. We had a big BBQ with his neighbors, family and friends and just had a good time- such a good first CS experience! Our next stop was in Vegas, so Nick could see it, because he had never been- so we walked the main strip and walked into Caesars Palace and I admit, I gambled...I put a whole $2 into a slot machine and lost ever bit of it...it was tough, but I survived. Haha, now I can officially say I gambled in Vegas...yeah, whatever, probably won't ever happen again. We didn't have a CS host for that night, so we stayed in a cheapish hotel and then made our way to San Fransisco and the Bay area the next morning. Once we got there, we walked across the SF Bridge and did your typical touristy things around the city...it was my first time to ever be there, so we visited all the main hot spots such as the Fisherman's Wharf and walked around the different piers. I learned the hard way that Northern, CA is very cold...unlike in Texas where it is over 100 degrees right now, it was in the 50's there, and I showed up in shorts and a short sleeve polo shirt...not the best dress for the weather, so I had to fix that and get a jacket! I was shaking like a leaf...seriously, I could see my breath...it was COLD. To me anyways, I'm from Texas, I don't like cold. :) While we were in the Bay area, we Couch Surfed with a guy named Greg who was such an awesome host! He owned his own incredible travel company which I could say tons about because it's really that awesome, so we a lot to talk about, and he even gave us a tour around Berkley, where he lives.
Wazowski from Monsters, Inc., Luigi and Guido from Cars and a Lego version of Buzz and Woody from Toy Story!
Alright, so our day at Pixar and the Bay area is over with and we headed down to L.A. and that area for the night. While we were in L.A., we stayed with some family of Nick's, and they were really nice and it was great of them to let us stay with them for the time we were in town.
We started off our first day in the L.A. area (actually, Glendale) by going to DreamWorks Animation Studios! DreamWorks animator, Jim Vanderkeyl was awesome enough to take the time to give us a tour of the studio, which we kicked off about 12:30. Once we got our name badges, we walked into the studio...well, it was more like a big open area outside, in the middle of the studio where there is a waterfall and a river and a bunch of trees and it's where the employees can sit and eat breakfast and lunch outside...it was really beautiful out there too! Such an amazing studio, it looked more like a resort!
Once we walked in and met up with Jim, he showed us around outside and then took us inside the actual studio and into the animation department where all the animators work, which was amazing!
Well, I am going to try and hurry up and tie this blog up...it's getting a bit long...sorry about that! But, after we left there, we spent the day running around Hollywood and L.A. just doing some sightseeing and walked up and down Rodeo Dr. where all the celebrities supposedly shop because it's so expensive there...seriously, I wouldn't have been able to buy a pair of socks on that street! We walked into a Ferrari shop looking for my next car and I saw the one I want. It had a reasonable price tag on it...only 1.3 million, penny change for me. (HA!) I'm not a big car person, but it was a nice car...not gonna lie!
The last day in LA, we went to Disneyland! I had really been looking forward to going out there- it was my first time to go and was a big thing for me! I had only been to Disney World once, and that was as a child a long time ago. Long story short, I had a BLAST, and really loved it there...my favorite ride was by far, the Indiana Jones ride, it was freaking incredible! Of coarse, I had to buy me a Mickey ears hat, which I wore all day around the park and while taking my picture in front of the famous magic castle and Walt and Mickey!
I hope you enjoyed my incredibly long blog post, A.K.A. my newest book, haha, but in case you didn't figure it out after reading all of that, I had an AMAZING time in California and I can't wait to go back! It was such an adventure and I got to do things I never imagined I would get to do. Now, I get to prepare for Animation Mentor to start and get reading to start animating!!! :) Thanks again for reading, you are awesome!