04 May 2014

The Great American Road Trip by abbieredmon

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Morgan took me to LAB (LA Bouldering) this morning -- it's a climbing gym. My range of emotions within 30 minutes of arriving:

1. Excited to try something new!
2. Crap, this is scary!
3. Crap, this is hard!
4. Okay wait, it's kind of fun!

By the time we'd left, I was thinking it would be fun to do it again.

Sadly, there are no photos of me totally killing it*, but I promise, it happened. My hands are a little sore now, and I have some scrapes I can't account for, but it was actually really fun!

There were some people there who were really good. People put headphones in and just sort of do their own thing. I never thought about it before, but it seems to be a really good full-body workout.


*By "totally killing it," I obviously mean "finishing the beginner climbs on the third try."

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This is a highly touristy, well-manicured, and tightly controlled field of neatly planted flowers on a hillside in Carlsbad, south of Los Angeles.

Honestly, it was underwhelming. The flowers were pretty to look at, of course, but there were no real authentic photo opportunities since they control where you are allowed to go -- and it's not far. There are also condos in the back, and a huge parking lot in the front, so the background in any shot, if it's not all flowers, isn't great.

ESPECIALLY because they charge $12 for admission! And they wouldn't give us a discount even though we arrived an hour before they closed.

Meh, I didn't love it.