Sunday, March 10, 2013

Hike to Hollywood Sign..."No Thanks"

Even though I only took a short weekend trip - it has taken me all week to get back to normal.  I've been tired (slept 13 hours Friday night), the monster blisters on my feet have started to heal, and I'm beginning to admit that I might like this new "Adventure Sarah". 

Those of you who have been following along know that I went to LA to see a "friend" last weekend.  But what you don't know is that this was a new friend.  Blogs are supposed to show the vulnerable side of people, so that's what I'm going to do...I'm going to let you know the story behind the trip.  I only ask that you a.) don't judge b.) if you do judge, just don't let me know! :)

Over Christmas break I went to the ever famous Country Boy Brewery (yes I know it's only famous in my eyes).  It was after a UK game on a Saturday night, and there were about 10 people in the entire place.  I was DD - guess I didn't have to be, we could have taken a cab, but it was snowing and I wanted to have my car with me.  Anyway, three guys came into the bar, one of who caught my eye.  My friend Deb decided she would get the details - and God love her, she did.  We found out that he was from Lexington but has lived away for several years and now he was living in LA.  Well me, being the sometimes negative person I am, didn't want anything to do with him upon hearing this.  I've met several boys in my life who live forever away and it never works and it's useless to even start something.  Deb didn't understand why I wouldn't give this kid the time of day (not saying he gave me any attention really either) so she kept encouraging conversation.  This led to me walking to the bar stool beside him, making the comment "let's get this over with, if we talk 5 minutes, she will hopefully be quiet".  We small talked a bit, and then it was last call.  We all walked out of the bar together, and Deb says to him, "are you going to ask her out?" and he replies "I don't even know her last name" to which Deb tells him and we say goodbye.  In the back of my mind, I thought, turn around, you'll never know...but I didn't and came home and crawled in the bed.  I was awakened to the sound of my phone - I had a FB message from Mr. LA himself. 

Over the next couple months we have chatted on the phone, via text, and even attempted a facetime conversation.  I really developed a friendship with this kid against what I had thought in the beginning.  We kinda bonded over Country music - which was funny to me, because he doesn't look like a County music kinda kid.  Anyway, after Mr. Target turned into a pumpkin - I decided it's now or never - and I took the plunge and booked my ticket.

I can't believe that it's already over - I was so excited to go...that day of travel, I was so nervous.  And when he pulled up at LAX to pick me up, I almost threw up.  We spent the weekend kinda getting to know each other - but more or less he was an awesome tour guide.  He showed me all of Santa Monica, Venice Beach - this is where I ended up with blisters :(.  Drove me down Rodeo Drive, through Beverly Hills & into Malibu - which was by far the most beautiful drive I've been on.  We walked down Hollywood Blvd...which was an adventure in itself...kinda reminded me of Times Square.  And I even got to see where you would hike to the Hollywood sign...I couldn't make the hike, thought I would die because of blisters...which stinks, because that was what I was most excited about.

So all in all - the trip was a blast.  As far as a love connection goes, well yeah, that didn't happen.  If it was up to me, probably would have, but even though I'm negative, I'm also very unrealistic - and I kinda thought that maybe just maybe this would work out.  No use crying over spilt milk...I tried a new experience, put myself out there, met a great new friend, and saw one of the most beautiful places in the States.

I think I learned a little more about myself this trip - I think it's ok to put yourself out there.  As long as you know you will be safe!  Life is about the adventures, and the memories, and the people you meet along the way.  They aren't all going to fall madly in love with you...but they are going to help you figure out who you are and what you want.  I'm proud of myself...

What's even more exciting is that "Adventure Sarah" is headed to big Nash Vegas in a few days for the SEC I'll have hopefully another exciting story to share next week at this time!


  1. I'm proud of you for being "Adventure Sarah"...even if it didn't turn out exactly how we might have hoped. At least you have some awesome pictures and good blog material, right? ;)

  2. well at least you know now there is no love connection but we had wonderful weekend weather here in LA so im glad you got to enjoy it and see lots that LA has to offer!!

  3. Wow, what a trip! That's a bummer that the right connection wasn't there with the guy but it's awesome that you got to go on an adventure! :-)