The Nouns (People, Places, and Things) of the Upcoming West Coast Trip…

Nouns are loosely defined as “people, places, and things” when you are going through grade school. But the nouns of my road trips are more like the “sites, record stores, and vegan restaurants” I visit. I do not take finding and planning out my nouns lightly.

No, I’m serious. Just ask Jared. I plan it out via Yelp searches, Instagram photos I’ve liked (and remembered), secondhand accounts, and just popular places that you just cannot miss. Then I put that into a spreadsheet and try to plan out each hour (after pinning those places on a Google map), maximizing my time in this foreign land. Well, foreign to me.

So what’s on tap for this upcoming trip? Let me share a few lists with you. I won’t bore you with the exact dates and times, though if you want to meet me at any of these places (because you are weird and nearby in proximity), let me know.

Sites (Stadiums/Tourist Attractions):

  • Petco Park
  • Dodger Stadium
    • 1 game
    • 2 tours (Clubhouse and Pregame)
  • Chase Field
  • Angel Stadium
  • Coors Field
    • 2 games
  • Venice Beach
  • Griffith Observatory
  • Waterfront Park (San Diego)
  • Joshua Tree
  • If Time Permits: The Comedy Store (LA)
  • If A Miracle Happens: Red Rocks Amphitheater

Record Stores:

  • Los Angeles:
    • Amoeba Music
    • Poo-Bah Records
    • Atomic Records
    • Fingerprints
  • San Diego:
    • FeeLit Records
  • Phoenix:
    • Revolver Records
    • Stinkweeds
  • Denver:
    • Twist & Shout Records
    • Wax Trax Records

Vegan Restaurants:

  • Los Angeles:
    • Doomie’s Home Cookin’
    • Cruzer Pizza
    • Donut Friend
    • My Vegan Gold
    • Cinnaholic
    • Horchateria Rio Luna
    • Toss-up when at Venice Beach: Bareburger or The Butcher’s Daughter
  • San Diego:
    • Plant Power Fast Food
  • Phoenix:
    • Green New American Vegetarian
    • Nami
  • Denver:
    • City O’ City
    • WaterCourse Foods
    • Voodoo Doughnuts

And yes, I already have orders for the food ready to go in my spreadsheet… including a dozen doughnuts from Voodoo. I’m coming to get you, Grape Ape!


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