California Adventure-Day One

So I landed in Cali with no problems other than being exhausted. But on the upside while boarding in Raleigh. I met my first “stranger”. One of my goals this trip is to meet and actually connect with 5 new people. I met Bianca while we were waiting to board the plane and as usual Delta (which must stand for “oversold”) was asking for a volunteer to give up their seat and for people to check in their carry-on at no charge. Bianca and I connected over the fact that neither of us was letting the baggage guys use our bags in a shot put contest.
Once in LA I got to the rental place I somehow ended up with a Dodge Charger rather than an economy car. I asked for a sun roof since I knew I’d be driving the PCH and after all if you are going to order caviar you should also get champagne;). Here is the Orange Beast:


This car was so wrong and so right at the same time. I do not regret upgrading one bit since I only needed it for a day.

So Saturday began with my drive to Ventura along PCH for a battery! Yep, a battery. I found a Polaroid Land Camera 250 that takes an old battery. The Batteries Plus in Ventura was the only one that had one! The camera was made in the 60’s so I’ve no one to blame but myself.


Along the way I stopped at one of my favorite places, the sand hill across Thornhill Broom Beach. I did just say sand hill. Here is the view:


After trying to figure out if the camera did work (it did) I headed to Thousand Oaks to get some real chocolate eclairs from a bakery called Chocolatine. I highly recommend it if you have tasted what French treats really taste like and if you like to speak French. It is owned and operated by a French couple.



Here is my travel buddy with her birthday chocolate eclair:


After the eclairs I had to race back to Santa Monica to meet up with Kate & Brian to do an engagement shoot. I met up with them just in time-ish. We ended up having a blast. The two hours with them entailed drinks stolen by seagulls, swings on the beach, eye contact with a smurf (stop it Kate!;) ) and lots of laughter. So glad the threat of rain held of til later.


The night ended with hunting down the Lobsta Truck for lobster & crab sandwiches and free bisque because we stood there so long they closed while we enjoyed our food.


Overall a pretty good and productive day.


About sophiaharcourt

My interest in photography actually started as a young child with a box of photos. A large cardboard box that contained albums and loose photos. I would spend a couple hours per viewing going through them. Quite a few years later my interest in having a good camera came about because I would see things and think to myself that would make a great photo. While trying to decide my next step after serving in the Air Force a friend suggested I go to school for photography. People do that? That's like going to school for ....I don't know eating lobster and french chocolate eclairs (some of my favorite foods but not necessarily together). "Okay", I thought! So fast forward again to now. I have been taking photographs and assisting since graduating in 2004 and love every minute of it. Here are some facts about me that you wouldn't know after having met me: 1. I am not from America. I was born in England. 2. My first language was French (confusing I know) 3. I've served in the Air Force (yep, it can be done without citizenship) 4. I love elephants and can't wait to go to Africa one day to see them where they belong. 5. I love to laugh (like almost freakishly). I scour comedy central for new standup comics and watch shows like The Office and Modern Family and World's Dumbest just for a laugh. I kind of sound like an addict, hmmmm. 6. I do NOT like the cold! I don't mind rain (I'm British after all) but abhor the cold. Anyone found a place with highs in the 80's and low in the 60's? 7. I LOVE latin music! (Favorite popular musicians of that genre are Shakira, Marc Anthony, Elvis Crespo, Gipsy Kings and Santana, then anything salsa/merengue).

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