Staycation 8-23-2013

Weekend before last was our two year wedding anniversary! Lately our life has been jam packed with adventures and to do lists so we decided to go on vacation for the weekend without going anywhere! Here's how our first L.A Staycation was born. When I got back from Costa Rica and moved in with Stephen in 2010 it was hard adjusting to the idea that life no longer revolved around a morning and sunset surf session. My priorities shifted and the day to day of city living took precedent. By Nov of 2010 even armed with a killer wetsuit, my first purchase when I got stateside, it was hard to rally to make the 3 hour trip to surf and I quickly found I'd been out of the water for much longer than I care to admit. When I received the December issue of Surfer magazine Brad Melekians article "In defense of going nowhere" spoke to me and certainly cooled the longing to return to my Costa state of mind. His closing mantra that "sometimes you think you need a surf trip, but what you really need is to surf. To just surf. Sometimes you just need to go nowhere, and to do it well." Really hit home! So I pasted it to the the fridge and there its stayed for the last 3 years!! A daily reminder that "you don’t need to go anywhere to get what you’re after." Friday was dinner at Sonnys Hideaway, Casbah cafe and to see the National at the Greek Saturday, Coffee at Proof Bakery Sunday morning and a picnic at Echo Park Lake in the afternoon. Although our staycation didn't involve surfing, we did adventure all over town and certainly didn't stop saying "we're on vacation" till the end of the weekend! It felt so good to just drop everything and indulge in an everything can wait attitude that I'm already planning Staycation #2! If you are interested in reading the inspiration for our first Staycation you can find the article here. "In defense of going nowhere", Brad Melekain, Surfer Magazine November 2010.

Weekend before last was our two year wedding anniversary! Lately our life has been jam packed with adventures and to do lists so we decided to go on vacation for the weekend without going anywhere! Here's how our first L.A Staycation was born.

When I got back from Costa Rica and moved in with Stephen in 2010 it was hard adjusting to the idea that life no longer revolved around a morning and sunset surf session. My priorities shifted and the day to day of city living took precedent. By Nov of 2010 even armed with a killer wetsuit, my first purchase when I got stateside, it was hard to rally to make the 3 hour trip to surf and I quickly found I'd been out of the water for much longer than I care to admit. When I received the December issue of Surfer magazine Brad Melekians article "In defense of going nowhere" spoke to me and certainly cooled the longing to return to my Costa state of mind. His closing mantra that "sometimes you think you need a surf trip, but what you really need is to surf. To just surf. Sometimes you just need to go nowhere, and to do it well." Really hit home! So I pasted it to the the fridge and there its stayed for the last 3 years!! A daily reminder that "you don’t need to go anywhere to get what you’re after."

Friday was dinner at Sonnys Hideaway, Casbah cafe and to see the National at the Greek Saturday, Coffee at Proof Bakery Sunday morning and a picnic at Echo Park Lake in the afternoon.

Although our staycation didn't involve surfing, we did adventure all over town and certainly didn't stop saying "we're on vacation" till the end of the weekend! It felt so good to just drop everything and indulge in an everything can wait attitude that I'm already planning Staycation #2!

If you are interested in reading the inspiration for our first Staycation you can find the article here.
"In defense of going nowhere", Brad Melekain, Surfer Magazine November 2010.