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Venice Beach Review…

For the most part, Venice Beach is a beautiful section of the California coast just south of Santa Monica.  Generally it is a nice sandy beach and a great place to spend the day.  The ocean front is lined with expensive houses and condos with an amazing ocean view.  As you walk north on the boardwalk you can see the Santa Monica Pier and the carnival rides in the distance and it is very much the California beach that I imagined. 

As you approach Muscle Beach, which really isn’t as great as I thought it would be, the atmosphere changes and you would swear you were walking down a row of shops in Jamacia.  The very first street corner had a Medical Marijuana sign out front and a young lady on the corner pulling people in to get their Medical Marijuana License.   From then on the smell of weed filled the air and we were approached every half a block or so either by a “Kush Doctor” salesperson or a “down and out” musician trying to sell us a CD he had burned on his computer. 

I am not sure what this area used to be like, but from some of the stories I have heard it used to be an interesting unique place to visit, but it seems like the area has become dominated by drug shops, drug users and people down on their luck.  In all it was an interesting experience, but it is unlikely we will be back, especially with our children.

Here is a quick video review including a couple video clips of the boardwalk:

Introducing the kids…

I have three children…three very beautiful, wonderful, talented children.  Our oldest, T, is for the most part, our level headed child.  She gets good grades, plays guitar and has a job.  She wants to go to school to become a hair stylist.  She is strong willed and knows what she wants.  And out of all three….she hates to travel!   She hates to fly, she hates to stay in hotels and she gets grumpy.  I asked her one day why she had to hate all that stuff and her biggest reason was that when she had breaks from school she just wanted to “hang” with her friends!  She is going to be 18 in 3 months.  I guess I should have known that the day would come.  I am hoping that one day she gets it and sees the value in seeing the world and how other people live.

New Adventures…

Happy Monday everyone!  I normally am never a Monday kinda gal…early mornings, getting the kids ready for school after a nice long Christmas break.  Not for me.  But today…after waking up 4 minutes before I had to drive the kids to school…I got to come home and start planning my new adventure!  

I come from a small family.  There are two kids, yep two.  I always tried to convince my parents to have more but they wanted nothing to do with it!  So it is me and my big sister Gwenn.  Here she is!

The worst thing now is that my one and only sister lives 8 hours away from me.   Eight very very long hours!  It is like living a long way from your very best friend.  So now every time we are together we get to talking about taking girls weekends away.  I’m so excited!! 

We are now planning a 3 night, 4 day away to Santa Monica, CA.  We invited our mother too, she is still thinking!  Will keep you posted on all our travel plans!

By the way…Gwenn is on the left and this picture is about 13 years ago at my wedding dance!!

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