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Gone girl in Salt creek

33°28' 49" N 117°43' 25" W Salt creek

Nov 12, 2014  –  by Stéphane

We ended up stopping in Salt Creek, thanks to the same surf shop I was talking about in one of my previous post. One guy told us it was his favourite spot in the area because of the clear water making you think that you are in a tropical location. And he wasn’t lying: clear blue water with a really green park on the hill spread above the beach. Yes, it’s not common since we entered California to see wide and not-burned areas of green and freshly cut grass. Only where we tend to sleep, in luxury residential areas (it feels safer), or in very expensive state parks.

Salt Creek Park and it’s very green grass for a drouth period
Salt Creek Park and it’s very green grass for a drouth period

We first enjoyed the view with a nice lunch on one of the tables. An improved and healthy meal for people living in a car: organic baby spinach and avocado topped with 2 fried eggs. And a juicy Californian Apple for dessert. Yes, it’s almost gastronomic food for American people. But honestly, stop stereotyping for a minute: people from the whole west coast are far from the fat couch potatoes reported by Super Size me! The number of vegan and gluten free people seems to be a lot more important than the burger-or-other-fast-food fans. As long as you stay away from the malls of course!
I then dropped Maeva off at the closest Starbucks to continue working on her personal project. Already 3 days in a row that she was focused. Quite a lot for a person who is convinced to have ADD! Well on my side, I was still 100% on surf mode! So I went back to Salt Creek, for a surf session this time!

Salt Creek public library where Maeva was working
Salt Creek public library where Maeva was working

The waves were small and nicely shaped at the south peak of the beach, so I got to practice my lefts! I’m still a beginner on this side because I always go the easy way when I have a choice. Well this time I didn’t, and good for me because I ended up at sunset with some good rides! And It was time to pick up Maeva.
We then both agreed we deserved a movie, based on our respective personal achievements. We still hadn’t gone to a real movie theatre since we crossed the border, and for movie addicts like us it’s a veeery long time. And unlike our first drive-in experience, we got to pick the movie, so we chose Gone Girl. Twelve dollars per person is quite cheap when you realize that the show is only for you and 1 other couple in a huge cineplex showroom. We wondered if it was because the movie was too scary for a 10pm showtime. But we figured it was probably just because it was a long movie. And indeed, we got out around 1am and were honestly creeped out to just park randomly somewhere and sleep in your car, right after seeing some insanely freaky characters! But you should see the movie, it’s really good. And not just because “it stars Ben Affleck”, ladies please.

An old Volkswagen minivan with a local winery branding, you better like yellow!
An old Volkswagen minivan with a local winery branding, you better like yellow!
On of our favorite home made meal: chili corn carne topped with an fried egg.
On of our favorite home made meal: chili corn carne topped with an fried egg.

Where it all began a.k.a Maeva’s run for fame

33°54' 38" N 118°25' 39" W Manhattan Beach

Nov 7, 2014  –  by Stéphane

Hey folks, looks like there have been some changes in our team structure, even though there is only two of us!

As we had already arrived in LA and our plan was to stay on the West Coast until the end of October, it meant we had a good 10days left to enjoy the hot Californian sun. As a matter of fact, the coast between LA and SanDiego is just a 120 miles long surf spot! I mean, there are so many surf spots, it makes it hard to pick. But following advice from locals as well as the tides, I went with the flow. I’m writing my first blog post and I’m already only talking about surf…
When we first started the road trip we didn’t talk about how much of a surf trip it would be at the same time. That’s why, Maeva being a lot less into surfing, she decided to spend some of my surfing hours on something else. This past year, while she became an adult by signing her first work contracts as a marketing strategist she didn’t spend enough time on one of her passions: drawing! Having some free time like now, as well as the free mindset of a person on vacation, it’s a really good opportunity for her to focus on something she loves. So, between good sleeps in the car and barbecues on the beach, she has been spending a lot of hours in coffee shops drawing like crazy, why not?!
That’s why I’m writing a tiny post about Manhattan Beach (MB), which is technically part of LA and should be part of the previous post, but it’s also a significant change in our everyday vacation life. The shift started here, after a long surf session at the MB jetty, just south of Segundo Beach.
By the way, I forgot to mention, I went to the jetty following the advice from a guy working at Nikau Kai Waterman. I went to this shop three times , and chatted with 3 different people, just as nice and helpful as each other. I got some good spots/beaches to go to on my way down south as well as free fins to test out. I was more than happy with that!
The only thing hard for me to accept is that I’m gonna have a lot less pictures of me surfing… oh boy!

Stephane catching his first good wave at the Manhattan Beach jetty
Stephane catching his first good wave at the Manhattan Beach jetty
Stephane trying out some not-too-quick top turns
Stephane trying out some not-too-quick top turns
A surfer girl walking on the jetty towards the ocean with her surfboard
No it’s not Maeva, just an anonymous surfer girl