On our cross county trip (more about that HERE and HERE if you’ve missed it), we stayed in dorms on Pepperdine University’s campus in Malibu, California. Pulling up to campus was a breath of fresh air after sitting in traffic on the PCH. Not only was the campus breathtakingly beautiful, but it also meant that we would be able to stay in one place for a few days. Prior to arriving at Pepperdine we had been on a tour bus for about a week, staying at a new place every night and living out of our suitcases. Pepperdine immediately became our beautiful home away from home.
It didn’t take long for most of us to become enamored at the beauty all around campus. If the flowers, art and architecture weren’t enough, you could see the Pacific Ocean from most of campus if you were looking in the right direction (and it wasn’t too foggy). I’m always astounded by the vastness of the ocean, and I couldn’t wait to get a closer look (more on that, and our amazing day at the Santa Monica Pier coming up soon).
It also didn’t take long for our calves to start burning. We quickly realized that all of campus was located on a giant hill. I had always heard that California was hilly, but I don’t think I quite grasped that idea until I experienced it. Exploring became more of a challenge, but that didn’t stop us from adventuring out. Needless to say that by the end of our stay at Pepperdine, I never wanted to see another set of stairs again.
While there we were able to be a part of The Ascending Voice IV conference. The conference is basically a big workshop for college choral groups. The festival itself was a lot of work, and though it kept us from exploring as much as we would have liked, it was pretty rewarding. The best parts of the conference (in my opinion) were the concerts that we got to see. Though it may not be as exciting to everyone, I was completely geeked to get to see Take 6 live. Take 6 is an eight-time Grammy winning a cappella group featuring six men, and they are also the group that got me interested in a cappella singing in the first place.
Pepperdine and California were both as wonderful as I’d heard that they were going to be, and I hope to go back and see more of the sights (and spend more time at the ocean!). California has definitely made its way onto my travel bucket list.