We slept in and had about 10 hours sleep, which was excellent!We left the house and went to Urban Axes, which is an indoor axe throwing place.We booked in for 15:15 and went for a coffee at a coffee shop nearby.We got back to Urban Axes, filled in our waivers and threw some axes! It was an hour of axe throwing but this was shared with 6 of us in total, as we joined in with a family.
We did a small tournament at the end and we both did alright!
We left the axe place and drove back home to relax briefly before heading back out again.
We went out for some food before we went into the Monster Jam. We got to the event centre but as we needed food we stopped to see what food there was around.We found a German pub to go to, so we took the short walk down to that. It was very busy in here, but we got a table.Curtis ordered a Bratwurst and Kim got a pulled pork sandwich.
The food here was just OK, but it filled us up a bit.We ate up and then headed back to the event centre and into Monster Jam.We had pretty good seats and the show started shortly after we entered.There was first a monster truck parade, which was loud!
We then saw the first event which was racing. This was alright, but ended a bit too quick.
There was then some ATV racing involved and then monster truck two wheel challenges, donut challenges, more ATV racing and monster truck freestyle.
We left the event having had a pretty good time, but it wasn’t as good as we thought it would have been.
We had a pretty lazy morning today. We have been quite non stop for the last few days, so wanted a bit of time to recover this morning.
We watched some TV whilst we ate breakfast and then peeled ourselves out of bed.
We booked a ‘shared’ uber, which we had sone on Lyft before but never on Uber. It had said that the driver was collecting someone before us, so it would take 10 minutes to get to us. We waited and waited and then noticed he was getting further and further away! He never came towards us, so we cancelled, which was luckily free, and reported it.
Rodeo Drive is one of those places you’re just meant to go to in LA, so we did just that.
We wandered around looking at the shops which we cannot afford to shop in and we looked at the crazy cars driving up and down the streets.
We walked down into the Beverly Hills area as we needed to head that way to get to a shopping centre. There were some beautiful houses and it was a very quiet area. It was nice and peaceful to walk through.
Pretzels & New Shirts
We got to the shopping centre after about 40 minutes of walking and then headed right for the food as we were hungry!
We found a place called Wetzel’s Pretzels, which is a terrific name for a pretzel store!
We got a big soft pretzel and some cinnamon pretzel bits, along with a tasty lemonade.
We has a 1 – 1.5 hour facetime with Curtis’ family, in which we discussed a whole host of things and just ‘caught up’ in general.
Marina Del Ray
We got ready and then dropped off at Marina Del Ray. We are huge fans of NCIS:LA and had read that the ‘boatshed’ from the show is around this area, so we went looking.
After looking for a bit of time, and coming across a really nice area, we decided to take an e-scooter and head to the opposite side of the marina as we believed the boatshed was on that end.
Low and behold, we couldn’t find it, so we gave up and walked to Venice Beach.
We got to Venice Beach, in terrific weather, and the first port of call was a bite to eat.
As to be expected, there were a lot of expensive places and we stopped in one of them and got pulled pork sliders, which looked good but really weren’t. We didn’t even catch the name of the place we ate, but the food wasn’t that great.
After food, we went for a walk along Venice Beach. We walked for a long while, until we came across Muscle Beach & a skate park.
We spent some time at these places and watched people do their thing. Kim even gave the rope climb a go, which she conquered!
Santa Monica Pier
We walked on from Venice Beach towards Santa Monica pier, where Kim saw a hoop and had to do some tricks on it!
We saw the pier from the beach and then headed up onto it.
The pier really wasn’t that interesting and we had evening plans, so we walked up the road to find a ride back home.
We had to wait a while, but got a ride home and once we got back, we realised that Panda Express was so close, so we got some food from there to save time.
We got the orange chicken again, as well as spicy chicken and Curtis got some wok fired fired shrimp, too!
On the way home, Kim managed to break her flip flops so we had to throw those away and she had to walk home barefooted.
We ate our food and then had to get ready to go back out again.
In West Hollywood, there is a comedy place called Comedy Store which Kim had seen a few well known names were performing tonight, so we got some tickets! Kim got to dress up and even had shoes at this point in the day.
We stood in line for a while, but eventually got in, got our seats and ordered some drinks.
We couldn’t film or take photos at all, but believe us when we say it was a pretty hilarious 3 hours! Whilst watching, we got a bottle of wine to share and Curtis got a whiskey. There was a minimum 2 drink limit anyway, so why not!
We got a Lyft home and it was safe to say it was bed time.
We took the tram to the city this morning and then had to take another tram to get down to where we needed to be.
We got there at exactly the time we needed to be and then had to stand in line for a while.
We eventually started to board the boat to Alcatraz Island (which means Pelican, by the way!).
We arrived at the island fairly quickly and there were a lot of people!
We first had to stop at the entrance and get a brief talk from a park ranger as Alcatraz is a national park.
The first building itself is quite daunting as thst isn’t even the prison! There is a cool sign at the entrance, too;
We made our way up to the theatre and got a seat whilst waiting for the introductory film to play.
The film was about 15 minutes long and just explained the history of Alcatraz.
We moved on from here to one of the workshops which was only open for a brief time today.
Along the way, we saw the power station, remains of the officer recreation hall and the former firing range.
We entered the workshop and it was pretty damaged. Most glass was smashed and there were sinks and toilets leftover, as well a sign, for some reason!
There was an art exhibition in another room in here, but it was pretty unrelated to the workshop.
This is the place in which prisoners would work, making things, sometimes for the military but also worked in the laundry area.
There were some incredible views from this island, especially with the weather we had for the start of the day!
We walked up to the prison, getting some awesome photos on the way.
We got to the start of the audio tour, which was in the shower block of the prison, where there was also clothes from the prison times.
We went from here up some stairs and into the main prison block.
The audio guide told us multiple stories and information about different cells and locations around the prison, including solitary confinement, attempted escapes, living conditions and more.
We moved through the library and we were then told about a part of the prison that has marks on the floor from grenade blasts which were thrown in during an attempted escape, via a hole in the roof.
We saw the visitation station, followed by the officer area and then the officer’s control room.
The final area was the most dangerous – The dining hall. This was where everyone ate and therefore had cutlery. A lot of the kitchen equipment is still there, along with a board of the menu for breakfast.
The food was the best here out of all the prisons, so much so that the guards ate the same as the prisoners.
There was a former inmate, now in his 80’s, who was signing books. He has written a book about being in Alcatraz. His name is William Baker.