Hand Sewn in the U.S.A.

When life gives you California, become one of it’s Cowboys….About 2 weeks ago our attorney advised us to rent a very fast car with no top and head to LA.  Looking back on stunning views, the occasional late night rager, and some incredible people we met along the way, we were left wondering: Why did we wait so long to make this drive?  Look California in the eye, and walk confidently into her midst.  

We set out and cannonballed down the 5 in our trusted D90 Radwood and a cargo van filled with inflatable swans.  We were just outside Andersen’s Pea Soup, when the bugs began to take hold.  A few insects met their maker on our windshield; unlike the central valley mosquito our trip was very alive.

A few near misses later and upon arriving in LA we headed straight for Venice and had an awesome event to kick off the trip!  150 of our closest friends showed up for our kick off at Event Farm HQ on Main St!  Awesome music and bartenders crafted delectable boat drinks and tunes alike, and spearheaded revelry into the night.  There was even a standup performance by comedian Johhno Wilson.

On Saturday, we let the Wild Rumpus start with a pool party in Hollywood.  We prepped for the road on Sunday and recovered from the weekend.  On Monday we hit the road for stops in Venice, Ventura County Line, and cruised into the Ojai Rancho Inn for the night.  The dusk hours were filled with beers and bocce with the awesome staff at the Chief’s Peak and their patrons.  A few laughs together.  Let’s leave it at that…  We highly recommend the Deer Lodge for dinner and music….one of our team members, Chris, even got on stage for a ripping rendition of Sublime’s “Santeria” to close out the night!

On Tuesday we continued to head North, and stopped in M Special Brewing Company for a quick Growler, before doing some horseback riding on the beach in Goleta.  We even walked a my little pony.  Our comfort level on horses reminded us just what kind of “cowboys” we actually are…Let’s just say will stick to social pioneering and wrangling cocktails instead of rustling cattle.  After bidding our farewell we rode off into the sunset in our trusted Radwood steed, toward SLO and the very iconic, very pink, Madonna Inn.  Dinner and cocktails at the bar, followed by a crash out for some much needed sleep.  What spot this was – we checked into 2 amazing rooms…..the Fox and Hound and Captain’s Lodge.  Ahoy!

The morning sun ushered in some fantastic weather, and encouraged late morning poolside beers and sexy waterfalls…it was bound to be happy hour somewhere.  We packed up and headed toward the most iconic section of California highway – Big Sur and the surrounding parks and beaches.  While most of us are California natives, we had forgotten how truly striking our corner of the world can be.  We recreated some Karate Kid scenes and made a few side detours: Trip Journal side notes: Elephant seals smell like their name.  Don’t ever look directly into the eye of the “Sea Squirrel.”

After cruising through Big Sur and over the Bixby Bridge, we hit the ever funky – of Lost Boys fame – badass town of Santa Cruz.  On the last day of our road trip we knocked some balls around at Surf City Billiards, hit the beach and the infamous pier for a little R&R and a photo shoot, and stopped into Streetlight Records.

We’re ready to run it back, and we would love to have you join us.  There’s still time to snag a seat on one of our road trips.  And there’s plenty of room in the Radwood for you on one od our customizable road trips: Beer and Cloathing or the Barbary Coast. Pick your poison.  Buy your ticket.  Take your ride.

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