Almost In Mexico
WRITTEN BY CHRISTIAN KÖHLERT
From Santa Cruz to Los Angeles
Since my trip to my friends in Santa Cruz I am all on my own again. I proceeded on my way along the west coast of California. Next stop was Monterey. It is perfect place for tourists and even now in late October it is overrun with visitors. Somehow I managed to find an awesome place to park “Frederique” (the RV) at a spot close to the golf course. It was quiet and disclosed there. The only downside was that I got woken up every morning by the “plings” the drivers produce when early bird golfers hit the ball for the fairway. After 3 days a friendly cop reminded me that campers are only allowed to stay for 72 hours.
Monterey, California, USA
Further on to Santa Barbara. After a night somewhere along the road near Big Sur I stayed for 3 nights in this town. It was gorgeous. Free parking was a bigger challenge here than in the places before. All the cool parking lots close to the beach were either too dear or they closed at 10 pm. Nevertheless I found a quiet spot in a neighborhood next to the beach.
Santa Barbara and Big Sur
Malibu is not L. A. yet
The next stop was a highlight! Malibu is quite a small place along the coast. I asked a police officer about the local rules. He gave me the advice to park on Malibu road – otherwise it’s 72 hours as well. Malibu road is long. I don’t know if he had this place in mind when he recommended it, but I just parked “Frederique” along the fanciest houses along the coast. If you ever heard a celebrity talking on television about his newly acquired property in Malibu – well, I guess it must be around there. I could hear the waves at night.
After 72 hours I left. If you ever watched the movie “The Big Lebowski” you know that the police chief of Malibu likes to throw coffee cups around – especially at hippie-like people. So it was time to advance to the monster city: Los Angeles.
Malibu, California – close to Los Angeles
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
First stop was the Getty Museum in the outskirts of L. A. It is fancy and it is for free! Just the parking ticket for an RV costs a fortune – 15 bucks! Still it’s worth the money. If you ever played GTA V to the bitter end you will remember this place. Anyhow – I ended up at Long Beach on this day. I was lucky again with a free and quiet place right at the beach.
Getty Museum in Los Angeles, California
Long Beach, California
Here I had everything I could ask for. I had a free beach shower close by and a basketball court 2 minutes walk away. The reason I had chosen Long Beach in the first place is “Sublime”. Sublime was my favorite band from the age of 17 on up to my twenties. Long Beach was the hometown of all the band members. You can still find artwork which is dedicated to the lead singer – Bradly Nowell. He died in 1992.
On the second evening I met with a guy who found my blog on Godlike Productions. GLP is an internet forum for all kind of weirdos. The good and the really crazy ones. He was one of the great people you are able to find among the lunatics who roam in hordes on this website. Anyhow – I love all people that think outside the box. He brought his son along and we had a great dinner together.
He was not the only interesting encounter on my journey since Santa Cruz. There were many spontaneous meetings with people along the way. I had many good conversations with people in a vape club in Monterey. It was the perfect place to hang out. Here I chilled the afternoons with a fellow called Kyle. Everyday I met very unique people: travellers from Italy with a monstrous RV I shared my prime spot in Malibu with or a guy who roamed around the country with nothing more than a small bag.
The point I want to make is: I am grateful for a wide variety of interesting and friendly people. Life did not disappoint me on this important aspect to me. I also appreciate cosy places close to the beach, which I received on a daily base. That is no coincidence – mind and attitude bend probabilities. That is a fact!