I was having the time of my life in California with my family and soul tribe. We were driving through Hawthorne when my wife gave me last minute news. She explained that her aunt, that she hasn’t seen in over twenty-years, wanted to see us. “It is only 21 minutes away,” she exclaimed. However, any Angeleno knows that LA traffic never allows an accurate estimated time of arrival. If you know me, you know that I am not spontaneous on my travels, especially when I am driving. Frustrated and a little aggravated from driving, I made a sporadic decision to head to San Pedro. The drive ended up taking 45 minutes and I had a stink face the entire drive there to remind my wife that I am not a last minute type of person (I plan no later than 6 months ahead of time). My wife didn’t even notice as she was in a deep slumber in the back seat.
San Pedro Bay was claimed by Spanish explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo on November 24, 1542 for New Spain. He named the bay San Pedro after St. Peter of Alexandria whom was a fourth-century bishop in Alexandria, Egypt. San Pedro was its own city until it 1909 when it became apart of Los Angeles.
San Pedro is the most southern I’ve been to while in LA. As we arrived to the area, the views of the Port of Los Angeles were spectacular. This port is also known as America’s Port for being one America’s most recognized port for international commerce. The port is a complex that occupies 7,500 acres of land and water along 43 miles of waterfront and adjoins the separate Port of Long Beach. I was so engulfed into the moment that I completely forgot that I was upset.
We finally arrived and my wife was reunited with her aunt. They both cried tears of joy. I apologized to my wife and gave her a huge hug. We had an amazing time. We all went out to eat and shared stories with each other. I lost track of time and I disregarded my itinerary for the rest of the day (That’s is a big deal for me!) I reflected on life as I looked over the amazing hills of San Pedro, California.
I always plan for my trips but it was this experience that made me realize that sometimes its not about the destination but about enjoying the journey. Thankfully my wife’s spontaneity made our trip unpredictable and more enjoyable.
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