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.
Having been out of town for a couple weeks (and having missed Mother’s Day), my mom and I decided that it was high time for a ‘girls day out’. So, on Friday morning, we rolled out of bed (a little later than expected), and headed downtown. The weather has been unseasonably warm here, and we decided that we couldn’t let this lovely weather go to waste and headed to the Detroit Zoo.
Things are finally starting to slow down after my cross-country trip this past week, which means that I finally have time to share some of the things that I’ve seen and done with you! Though it’s a little out of order, I thought that the best place to start would be the Grand Canyon.
I’ve got a big cross-country trip coming up in about two weeks (which you may have read about here) that I’m really excited about. For cost saving purposes, the group that I’m going with will be splitting up and staying with host homes almost every night of our 15-day trip. It’s no secret that housing can be one of the most costly expenses while on vacation, and staying at host homes, or trying programs like couchsurfing, are great options.
One way to really get to know a city is to go see one of their sporting events. There seems to be a sense of camaraderie in a city while they are all coming together against a ‘common enemy’, and there are always more people wandering around on game days, which can help ease any anxiety about exploring alone. Also, you can usually find reasonably priced tickets to these events if you aren’t too picky about where you sit.