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  • Yiscard

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    May 02, 2015 2:28 PM GMT
    hey guys, how's it going?

    Recently I've been going through some somewhat of harsh time in my general life(family, work, love).It got me thinking of where I thought I would be by now, and I kind of didn't like it to be honest. I was always so spontaneous and wanted to travel all over.

    So in the heat of the moment I booked a flight to Los Angeles. L.A had always been in my top 3 places to go but the only one within the states. I might have exaggerated a bit when I booked the return a week after, but I was blinded by the trip. I don't regretted at ALL. A whole week alone, just figuring myself out, meeting knew people, its just a dream come true.

    Now for the problem. I have no idea what to do over there. I overwhelmed with all I want/will/won't do. I'm staying in Manhattan beach (irony at its best since I live in NY). I'm heading out there Monday the 4th. my main goal is to learn how to surf, probably hiking and some nature watching. I'm lost in all way things gay over here so won't even speak about over there.
    So guys, if you have any tips I would Love to hear some.

    Thanks in advanceicon_biggrin.gif
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    May 02, 2015 4:49 PM GMT
    pm some of the guys from that area on here...I'm sure they could help you out....socalfitness is one guy that comes to mind that knows the southbay area very well....I haven't lived there since the 60s and it has changed a whole lot since then....

    good luck
  • bro4bro

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    May 03, 2015 6:15 PM GMT
    OK, first of all you will not learn to surf in a week. You can rent a surfboard, paddle out every day and enjoy yourself immensely, but you won't really learn to surf competently. It takes a long, long time for that. Especially in the typically crappy South Bay waves.

    No idea where in Manhattan Beach you're staying, but El Porto (the extreme north end of town) has the most consistent surf. You can rent a board (probably a soft top for learning) at El Porto Surf, on Highland. Or, if you're closer to downtown MB, you can rent a board at Nikau Kai Waterman Shop and surf at the pier.

    You will definitely want to rent a bike and spend a whole day on the Santa Monica Bike Path - it runs along the beach from the south end of Redondo all the way to Malibu, with a couple detours onto city streets to get around King Harbor and Marina del Rey. Funbunns on Manhattan Ave, downtown MB, can set you up.

    As for hiking, there are some nice walks in Palos Verdes - tidepools and such - but you'll need a car to get there. But just walking around the Manhattan and Hermosa Strand (the walking/biking path along the beach) is a great time. And if you want to go for a run but don't like running on concrete, there's a nice wood chip trail on the Greenbelt, running through Manhattan and Hermosa between Valley and Ardmore Streets (a few blocks back from the beach).

    Now, a couple words about nightlife. Sounds like you're not much into the gay scene, which is convenient for you because there's only one gay bar in the South Bay and it's pretty dismal (a dozen people is a big night - seriously). There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Manhattan and Hermosa. My MB faves include Fishbar for seafood and El Tarasco for down-and-dirty burritos (both in El Porto); dowtown there's Brewco for good beers and better than average pub food, Hennessey's for more traditional pub food, Old Venice for Italian & Greek, Uncle Bill's or The Kettle for breakfast. There are also a bunch of trendy overprice places I tend to avoid. Sharkeez in El Porto (and also on Pier Plaza in Hermosa) is a notoriously cheesy meat market but their food is actually pretty good; stop in for lunch or early dinner before the drunks show up.

    One more thing you should keep in mind... the South Bay is NOTHING like LA. Ask anyone, in the South Bay or in LA.
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    May 05, 2015 3:19 AM GMT
    I'm in the same place, only I chose to go to Universal Studios down in Florida. Had a heavy year myself.

    Leaving the week of the 18th, all alone. Short story there, but too long for this.

    Too bad we didn't compare notes earlier, could have traveled together?

    Have a great trip and let all your troubles melt away. Traveling alone allows you to do what you want, when you want.
  • metta

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    May 05, 2015 6:13 PM GMT
    Manhattan Beach is not far from Venice....there is a tiny gay bar in Venice called the Roosterfish. It has been there forever... ;) It was actually the first gay bar I ever walked in to...many...many years ago. Very small neighborhood bar...very down to earth.

    http://www.roosterfishbar.com/

    Most of the bigger bars are in West Hollywood.

    Enjoy your stay. The weather is a bit odd at the moment (cloudy) but should be back to normal next week...after Saturday.

    There is a men's gathering in Malibu on May 22-25
    'pool party, dances, workshops, hikes, and other new experiences.'

    http://thecmg.org/V5/spring.asp

    Long Beach Pride (this one is a favorite for many people because it is a pride festival near the coast)
    May 16-17
    http://longbeachpride.com/
  • metta

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    May 05, 2015 6:53 PM GMT
    There are some wonderful hikes...


    a couple of my favorites:

    On a very clear day: Will Rogers State Park

    http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/inspiration-point-hike-will-rogers/


    North of Arcadia: Chantry Flats

    http://www.hikespeak.com/trails/sturtevant-falls/
    (You will need a car to drive into the forest)


    Portuguese Bend is a beautiful place to hike. If you go down to the water in Sacred Cove, you can walk around the tide pools. It used to be a nude beach...I don't know if people still do that though. On week days, they often get buses of students so that they can see the tide pools and the fault lines. There is a lot of movement in the earth over there. It is not the San Andres fault line though.

    http://www.pvplc.org/_lands/docs/PB%20Trail%20MapDec2014%20-%20Copy.pdf

    http://alturl.com/5wvfv

    http://www.yelp.com/biz/abalone-cove-shoreline-park-rancho-palos-verdes
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    May 06, 2015 3:15 PM GMT
    Suggest renting a car. The LA is huge, and they don't have subways (There is a metro line, but it hardly goes everywhere.) A lot of mountain areas are really accessable only by car.
  • metta

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    May 06, 2015 4:06 PM GMT
    ^
    +1
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    May 06, 2015 6:22 PM GMT
    Definitely get a rent-a-car, and check out the bars in WeHo. Roosterfish is OK for the West Side, but make sure you tip the barkeeps; they get real pissy, real quick if you forget to or, in their judgment, undertip. (Translation: don't bother going there.) Hang out in Westwood and Brentwood for some good eye candy, and go for a hike in the Sta. Monica Mts., accessible at several points north of Sunset, west of Pac. Palisades, for some really great views of LA. Settle for body surfing - and watching - at Will Rogers St. Beach, as board surfing does take more than a week to learn. (Manhattan and its neighboring beaches also have some real lookers adorning them, on and off the v-ball courts.) And, no need to try any LA delis, like the sadly has-been Canters; you've got the real thing in NY!
  • Yiscard

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    May 06, 2015 8:04 PM GMT
    Thank you guys for the all the help. I'm actually here and im having an awesome trip. Done a lot already! Walked Manhattan beach. visit the Griffith observatory. Went for a bike ride down Santa Monica to Venice beach. Everyone has been really nice to me. Think i'm heading to Santa Monica again later.icon_biggrin.gif
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    May 06, 2015 10:25 PM GMT
    ^^ good on you my man!!^^ seek and ye shall find, sit on your ass and you shan't.....enjoy, I wish I could say it was as nice as back in the 60s, ergo, I don't visit there anymore, but then again, the dinosaurs are also extinct....go out and have a ball.
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    May 07, 2015 3:44 AM GMT
    Yiscard saidThank you guys for the all the help. I'm actually here and im having an awesome trip. Done a lot already! Walked Manhattan beach. visit the Griffith observatory. Went for a bike ride down Santa Monica to Venice beach. Everyone has been really nice to me. Think i'm heading to Santa Monica again later.icon_biggrin.gif
    i work in samo. icon_biggrin.gif