Driving the PCH
Finally, it was time to hit the Pacific Coast Highway! I did some research and decided to stop in Laguna, Newport and Long Beach on my way to LA.
YOU’VE GOTTA TRY THIS
Looking for a great lunch spot on the PCH? A great seafood pit stop is The Crab Cooker in Newport Beach. I ate shrimp and scallop skewers with this delicious crab chowder. Thanks, Yelp!
Hannah, a good friend from high school, took me out for a night in West Hollyhood… or as the locals call it, WEHO. After a great night of dancing and meeting no-name celeb’s, we called it a night.
The next day we met up with my friend, Justin at his awesome place in Santa Monica.We headed to brunch at James’ Beach, which was a filming location for one of my favorite movies, I Love You, Man.
We spent the afternoon exploring the different world of Venice. From Muscle Beach, to all of the skaters, to watching men juggle with their feet… Venice beach is a MUST if you’re in the area.
Happy Hour was poppin’ at The Whaler with 2 for 1 drinks. We sipped on margs and watched the sunset over the water. It was an early night for me, because I WAS GOING TO THE PRICE IS RIGHT the next morning.
COME ON DOWN!
A few weeks before I left for my roadtrip, a friend of mine was tagged in a bunch of pictures from The Price is Right. Immediately, I went online to see if they would be filming when I was in LA… AND THEY WERE!!
I was able to get a line ticket, but that doesn’t guarantee entry. You’re advised to get there early, as it’s first come, first serve. I arrived late (as always) but, as they were coming by to check tickets they directed me to go to the priority line. I WAS IN!
(Note: This is one of those times I think traveling solo had it’s benefit)
The filming process takes about 4-5 hours. It starts out with paperwork, then you take a picture and wait to interview with the Producer.
The producer asks everyone three questions.
- What’s your name?
- Where are you from?
- What do you do?
“I’m Tayler from Texas and I’m road tripping the West Coast.”
Unfortunately, I didn’t get picked. Were the picked contestants responses better than mine? Was it the lack of custom T?… I may never know.
Quickly, I could tell that most people had traveled to LA just for this moment. I’ve never experienced anything quite like being in that studio. I was jumping, screaming and non-stop grinning (hoping to get picked as a contestant). Shortness of breath kept creeping up on me and I felt like I was going to pass out in the middle of filming a few times.
During commercial breaks, Drew and the announcer, George would interact with the audience. I even got to shake Drew’s hand!
What I loved the most was how supportive everyone was for each other. I didn’t see anyone pouting because they didn’t get picked. It was us against the game and we were excited for anyone who beat the game.
Contestant or not, just being in the audience was an insane experience.
If you ever get the chance to go to The Price is Right, DO IT. You won’t regret it!
After filming, I hopped back on the PCH and headed to Big Sur for what would turn out to be, an unbelievable night.