Spring Break 2013: San Luis Obispo & Mojave Desert

This spring break’s my last spring break as a college undergrad. I’m glad I spent it in good company and enjoyed my time doing a bunch of fun and relaxing things. This is a quick recap of my experiences – I’ll try to talk about the highlights!

Monday 03/25:

The beach house in SLO

The beach house in SLO

The InterVarsity seniors rented out a beach house in San Luis Obispo for four days, and I had a fun drive from LA to SLO with Iana and David, enjoying the amazing coastal scenery on the highway and talking about life. That night I watched my Lakers put up a commendable fight against Golden State and enjoyed some rotisserie chicken for dinner.

Tuesday 03/26:

Sand wrestling at the beach

Sand wrestling at the beach

The IV seniors spent the day at Pismo Beach, a festive and clean beach in SLO on a perfectly sunny day. The water was a bit cold, so we spent the time playing football, volleyball, frisbee, and chilling on the sand. I met my match with my awesome wrestling partner, Hayong, in what was dubbed by Shela as the “most intense sand wrestling match in CCF13 history.” That night, I finally learned how to play Settlers of Catan – it’s such a fun game, I’ll probably be playing it more in the future!

Wednesday 03/27:

Relay race down and back up the sand dunes

Relay race down and back up the sand dunes

The morning was a time of relaxation and brainstorming for our IV Senior Large Group meeting. In the afternoon, we took a coastal trail to some big sand dunes next to the ocean and proceeded to spend the next couple hours boogie boarding and rolling down the dunes. At the end, we had an epic three-team relay race, running down the sand dunes and climbing back up. It was super exhausting but lots of fun. I promptly took a nap on the sand afterward – such a relaxing sleep. That night, I headed out early to LA to catch my desert trip the next day. Almost ran out of gas on a stretch of highway between the 101 and 5, but made it thanks to Emily’s gas station-searching skills!

Thursday 03/28:

Beginnings of a fun day at the Pit

Beginnings of a fun day at the Pit

I spent the night at Luke’s place before heading out around 6 in the morning to drive to the desert north of Barstow. Luke, Alex, Daniel, Greg, and I spent the day at “The Pit,” which was literally a giant pit in the desert that people use for shooting and target practice. We had some fun shooting up cans and a bunch of other targets. This time, the assortment of rifles included the Ruger 10/22, two Marlin .22s, three Mosin-Nagants, an SKS, and a Winchester semi-auto shotgun. I was pretty happy that my shoulder no longer hurt too much from the blowback of the Mosins – definitely a big improvement from the first few times I shot it in the past. Near the end of the day a fighter jet flew by us doing a sonic boom, and came back because the pilot saw us and flew really low right over us. That was a pretty awesome end to an awesome day.

Colorful rock formations in the Mojave

Colorful rock formations in the Mojave

What an amazing break! I’m so glad to have spent it with many good friends, as well as meeting some cool people. Not much time left in college, but determined to end senior year with some unforgettable memories!

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  1. March 31, 2013

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