We got up that morning and went for a run on the beach. So fun! It felt amazing and we both had great times.
Once we got back to our room, we fixed some cereal and got cleaned up. We had some souvenirs from Paso that we wanted to mail back since they were fragile rather than put them in our luggage, so we got all of that together and then walked over to the post office to mail them. (As an aside, the post office totally didn't see the FRAGILE all over the box and broke two of our glasses, but thankfully we did the Priority Mail with insurance so I filed a claim and got reimbursed!)
On the way back we checked out a few of the shops and also noticed the bicycle shop again. I had joked about renting bikes so we got some information and then headed back to the hotel to drop off the items we had. We decided to go ahead and rent the bikes so we could really check out the area. Our hotel was about 2-3 miles from the Santa Monica Pier and we wanted to check that out AND Bel, my friend who got married, and her new husband were in the area that day, so we all decided to meet at Bubba Gump's at the pier for lunch.
It took me a bit to get my "bike legs" back but it was so.much.fun. I bet we rode more than 10 miles on the bikes that day and loved every minute of it. Except when I slid on sand and then hubby wrecked into me. Whoops.
While at the pier, we HAD to ride the Ferris Wheel. It was so cool, even for this girl who's afraid of heights.
We rode by Muscle Beach, too! I couldn't talk hubby into doing anything though.
Mid afternoon, we decided to attempt the beach. The Pacific was FREEZING as everyone said it would be, so we essentially just got our toes wet, then set up on our mats and chilled/tanned for a couple hours.
We had such a huge lunch that we just had some sandwiches for dinner. We had both gotten burnt and knew we would have an early morning the next day so went ahead and made it another early night.
Up next: Final day :(