California. Oh, that place. I've visited the Los Angeles area enough times in my short seventeen years of life to know what to expect now. I know some of the best places to eat, which overrated tourist traps to avoid, to politely say, "no thanks" to the people on Venice Beach who convincingly try to sell you their things. I know that the best view of the city is from Griffith Park, that a trip to Hollywood isn't complete without lunch or dinner at Skooby's, that traffic is expected no matter where you go, at any time of the day. It's nice to be able to feel like a local in a place so far from home, in a city so huge and full of people.
Griffith Park, Hollywood, the Santa Monica Pier, and Venice Beach are my go-to places when I visit, and while I'll never go to LA without visiting these places, I can't wait to someday adventure and get to know other parts of the area, too. One thing about LA is that there's never a shortage of things to do or places to see. I could explore that place for the rest of my life, and I'm convinced that this was just number whatever trip to California of many more to come in the future.