Road Trip: Los Angeles to San Diego / by Will Tung

@ Hermosa Beach

I took my time getting to San Diego, I stopped by or drove by as many beaches as I could along the southern part of Los Angeles. I hit Manhattan, Hermosa, Redondo, and Long Beach. Most of it was just a quick gloss-over, as I will be exploring them in depth when I return to L.A., however, from what I did see, I completely fell in love. Just imagine the feelings I had from Santa Monica Pier the previous day, and multiply it by 10. As nice as Santa Monica was, it didn't have the small beach town feel that this area had. It reminds me of Ras Tanura back in Saudi, except a little nicer, a little busier, and much nicer houses. Oh, the houses. I usually do not have much of a desire to be rich or famous, but after strolling the streets and seeing a mix of beautiful classic and ultra modern architecture, my heart absolutely ached for this lifestyle. I wanted so much to be able to run, bike, and rollerblade through the concrete paved boardwalk in Hermosa Beach, and then go back to my super nice home and relax, open up the balcony, let the ocean breeze come in. I can't imagine what I'd feel like if I visited the beaches of Orange County, like Huntington, Newport, and Laguna Beach. I'd probably be depressed that I would never be able to get to that level. I hear the San Diego beaches are even nicer, so I can't wait to see for myself. Here are the stats, my trip back to L.A. should be much quicker:

Distance: 158.4 miles Average Speed: 45.1 mph Moving Time: 3 hours 30 minutes Total Time: 4 hours 28 minutes Average Mileage: 29.3 mpg