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25. A Visit to Southern California
Erin and her best friend Amy flew into
Diego last week. They are both in their
-20s, and both are nurses who live in Georgia.
was their first visit to California, and they
They visited San Diego’s world-famous zoo and
in love with the giant pandas. “They are
cute,” Erin said. Then they drove north to
Jolla so that they could glide off the
100 feet above the beach. That was scary,
, fun, and expensive. They drove to the beach
get a peek at nudists, but no one
there. “That was a major disappointment,” Erin joked.
visiting San Diego, they headed north to Los
. They saw the Hollywood sign and visited many
in Hollywood and Beverly Hills. They hoped they
see lots of actors and actors’ homes. If
got lucky, they would get some autographs and
even some photographs of them standing next to
But they were disappointed. A minivan
them on a tour past actors’ homes, but
actors were outside their homes. The homes themselves
barely visible. They were often hidden by tall
, fences, walls, hedges, or trees. Later, however, Erin
Amy were able to put their hands and
into the handprints and footprints of movie stars
the Chinese Theater in Hollywood.
They went to
boardwalk just south of the Santa Monica pier,
the boardwalk is famous for its muscle beach,
characters, and paddle tennis. The boardwalk is one
the best places in California for people-watching. The
enjoyed talking to the colorful locals. They were
surprised at how many people they talked to
Europeans visiting California.
After Venice, they went sunbathing
the beach just north of the Venice pier.
even got to hang out with some real
surfers. The surfers tried to teach them how
ride a board in the water. That was
but fun. They took plenty of pictures to
their friends back home.
Erin and Amy drove
Burbank the next day to watch the taping
a Jay Leno show, but the line was
long that they decided to pass on it.
they went to a mall and had a
time shopping. They flew back to Georgia with
, photos, and wonderful memories. “But next time,” said
, “we’re not leaving until we see some real