Travel Diary: Healing Vacation in Huntington Beach Day 1

Anytime is beach time when you're in Southern California. Sigh.

9:37 a.m. - I arrived at John Wayne airport. A long line at the rental car pickup counter plus having been up since 2:50 a.m. meant I was dragging a little. A friendly conversation with a cute guy in line perked me up a bit, though. :)

10:15 a.m. - Google Maps quickly got me to Mother's Market on Beach Boulevard where I ordered a green juice and picked up some vegan salads from their deli for lunch (lentil salad, dilled rice and lima bean salad, and a cup of raw kelp-noodle broccoli Alfredo made with cashews. Yum.)

11:00 a.m. - sat in my rental car and just vegged out, munching on the salads and enjoying the warm sunshine and moment of solitude.

12:30 a.m. - pushed my seat back and napped in my car until 1:30 p.m. like some weird homeless person. Hotel check-in wasn't until 3:00 p.m. and I felt like a puffy beached whale from a long morning of traveling, not drinking enough water, and not being rested.

1:30 p.m. - put my hair up in a hair elastic, rolled up my pants legs, and went for a brisk walk down Beach Boulevard and back with the ocean breezes blowing in my face. Felt refreshed enough to drive out to my hotel and see if I could check in a little early.

3:30 p.m. - in my room and all unpacked, I made my goals list, my menu for the week, and shopping lists. Went to all my favorite stores in Huntington Beach (Dollar Tree, Mother's, Whole Foods, and Big Lots) to buy what I needed to be able to cook for myself in the kitchenette all week.

6:00 p.m. - back at my room, exhausted and cranky, made rice and poached veggies with fresh dill for dinner.

8:30 p.m. - soaked and gave myself a mini facial. All was suddenly right with the world again.