explore // Santa Monica Pier

I've been feeling pretty adventurous lately. More and more, I get this desire to just get in my car, crank the tunes and drive. Particularly to those places I've never been before. I simply need to get out more. There... I said it. 

So when I had a chance to visit the famed Santa Monica Pier, I was jumping for joy. (Quite literally, to the embarrassment of my husband.)  We'd just finished up a photoshoot in Manhattan Beach, so Santa Monica was a quick cruise up the coast from us.

Santa Monica Pier is one of those landmark places in Southern California that everyone has heard about. And everyone has seen. Well... everyone except me. Even though I've lived here all my life, it's somewhere I'd just never visited. I've been to the 3rd Street Promenade quite a few times, but simply never made it one block further.

Till now.

Here is our photographic journey.

And yes, this IS a dinosaur on the merry-go-round.

Indulging a sweet tooth with strawberry ice cream... one of his faves.

There was so much to see and DO here. I was blown away by all the different sights.

Like this trapeze school...

And I loved all the bright colors.

And you've gotta love the "surprise" factor. You never know what you're gonna see.

Like the scariest Mickey & Minnie Mouse I've ever seen.

And a patriotic speedo on a bike.

Which made me really glad my camera was ready for that last shot. Because otherwise, who would believe me?

Santa Monica, I hope to see you again real soon. And next time I promise to stay and PLAY a bit more.