Living in California has it's many perks - the beach is obviously one of them. My best friend and I don't get many corresponding days off, but once in a while we can find a day together, and we're pretty good a road trips. We took a few hours on a Sunday and headed up the coast to Santa Barbara. January feels like paradise on the west coast, and a day trip felt like a complete vacation. We stopped a few times to take in the ocean views up the coast, indulged in a spectacular seafood lunch, and got back to our apartment all before sunset.
The best thing about real friendship is that you can pick up right where you left off no matter where you're living and how crazy life can get. I have no idea where I would be without my best friend, and being roommates is something that we've always talked about - the fact that we're actually doing it is a dream come true.