After a hectic five days, we slept until after 8 am. She and I took a long walk along the Santa Monica Beach, including a stop to explore the lobby of Shutters, a hotel that she had looked at on-line. For the fourth of the last five days, we grabbed a light breakfast at Starbucks. I was shocked to see a notice on the door indicating that the Starbucks had received a permit to serve beer and wine. Apparently, Starbucks is starting Starbucks Evenings at selected sites…
With an 11:00 am check-out time, we lounged in the room for the rest of the morning and enjoyed the view. Packing up the room and checking the luggage, we wandered down Ocean Avenue to the Water Grill. We had a very nice lunch; Sharon had cod, Jack had a lobster sandwich, I had an unusual shrimp louie and we all split a dozen oysters.
The plan for the day was to visit UCLA. Sharon was not able to book a formal tour. As a result, we wandered around the campus using an audio tour as a guide. I am not sure that it was the best approach. We need to be more organized for the next set of college tours. UCLA is big: 24,000 undergraduate and 12,000 graduate students. Afterwards, We stopped by UCLA's Jackie Robinson Baseball Stadium which is more than a mile from the central campus.
From the baseball stadium, we headed to the airport. The trip has reminded me how much I don't enjoy Southern California: too many freeways and cars. We dropped the rental car and caught the shuttle to the airport. Our flight was about 20 minutes late taking off. We were back in Sacramento about 8 pm and home about 8:30 pm. Jack and Tiber were glad to see each other.