U.S. Road Trip: the final chapter

California Dreamin'

So the last part of our trip to California started with our friends Juli and Matt, who not only let us stay at their place in Huntington Beach but also picked us up at the train station late at night when we arrived from Ventura

We had only two days there before taking the train to San Diego, but we still managed to have a great time there, enjoying the beach, paddle boarding around the harbor, biking at sunset and getting to know a bit of Juli's successful company and enterprises. 

With these two wonderful women at the pier in Huntington Beach

With these two wonderful women at the pier in Huntington Beach

Touristing 

Touristing 

"Do not leave your fish unattended": The very moment a seagull got the fish that man had just got 

"Do not leave your fish unattended": The very moment a seagull got the fish that man had just got 

Surfing

Surfing

Fishing at the pier

Fishing at the pier

It was great to spend some time with them, see their beautiful apartment and get to know a bit of the area.

Paddle boarding #GoPro

Paddle boarding #GoPro

A lot of fun with these two #GoPro

A lot of fun with these two #GoPro

After that it was time for some bike riding, and the sunset we got at the beach was just gorgeous. 

Bike cruising with my wonderful fiancé 

Bike cruising with my wonderful fiancé 

And to finish the day, some great Mexican food, before heading back home so Ale could catch up with a good friend of hers. 

By train, on the way to San Diego

By train, on the way to San Diego

Alba, my mother-in-law, was kind enough to pick us up at the train station in Oceanside, and it was then the first time I was actually meeting her in person :D 

She had all her rooms of her apartment rented to AirBnB guests, so we got to stay at the surf camp where Ale used to work, and it was awesome to be there so close to the ocean, and in a super cool, vintage Airstream! :D

Foggy morning

Foggy morning

Chillin'

Chillin'

That sacred morning coffee

That sacred morning coffee

Surfboards

Surfboards

Checking the waves

Checking the waves

Here I must say Thank You! to Emily and Greg, who were super generous to let us stay there while they were away on vacation. 

We had an awesome time there, surfing together, enjoying fabulous sunsets...

Even Juli and Matt showed up one day and spent one night with us there! 

Ping Ponging 

Ping Ponging 

Ale and her mom

Ale and her mom

Ale sharing with Matt some surfing tips

Ale sharing with Matt some surfing tips

Tourists showing their lack of respect for those beautiful animals

Tourists showing their lack of respect for those beautiful animals

I was super pleased to know Alba and in many, many ways she reminds me my own mother...and only God knows how much I miss my mom, and my dad, and my two brothers...

A burning sky and some happy kids enjoying their last waves for the day

A burning sky and some happy kids enjoying their last waves for the day

We had some pretty epic sunsets there, and it was great to be on a surfboard again after so many years. I got some small waves throughout the days we spent there, and even attempted to get some shots of Ale showing her classic, vintage surfing. 

We had so much fun surfing and being in the water together...it was awesome!

California Dreamin'

California Dreamin'

Nights at the surf camp

Nights at the surf camp

It is even hard to put into words how special our time in Southern California was, and I must also say thank you to Alba for all the help she has been giving us, for all her support, also for having helped me with the ring I got for Ale

Our time there in California  might not have been that long, but we will sure go back, and it seems it's gonna be much sooner than what we were originally planned.

With this wonderful woman who means the world to me...

With this wonderful woman who means the world to me...

I will be back here soon, probably sharing some more pictures from the bustling and colorful streets of Cartagena...

Saludos!

Bernardo Salce