Welcome to our next bus adventure!
This time we’re with three of our kids, plus our beloved Marigold PLUS a second VW Westfalia that we are renting. A double-bus adventure begins.
Post Baja, we stored Marigold in Irvine, California for a few weeks until our return on March 12th. We decided to take the kids on a camping adventure in SoCal for March Break.
Two buses hit the road from Costa Mesa with Jalama Beach (2 hours north of Santa Barbara) as our first destination. En route, we decided to check out famous Venice Beach. We strolled along the boardwalk, people watched, saw the famous Muscle Beach and then walked along the sand. It was 33 degrees and gosh was it ever busy! Apparently it was the nicest day of the year so far – by a large margin.
When Debbie returned to the busses, there was a whole lotta activity going on with the car parked right next to us. Cowboy hats on the roof of their car, guitars on the ground and white cowboy boots laying around.
Then Debbie noticed the writing on the hat. It clearly stated, “Naked Cowboy”. This immediately took her back more than 10 years ago when she first saw the iconic Times Square ‘Naked Cowboy’. She first thought this was an imposter until she made eye contact with the 6’5” blonde, blue eyed, pony-tailed, ADONIS and realized he was the real deal.
Yes – the NYC Times Square real deal. THE Naked Cowboy.
Image our good fortune. Now imagine the look on our kid’s faces…..
Robert – aka The Naked Cowboy – got into costume. Yep – ripped his clothes off down to his corporate sponsored ‘Fruit of the Loom’ tighty whities. Then put on his gigalo-white boots, slung his guitar over his bare chest with it strategically placed to give the illusion of nakedness, and put on his white cowboy hat. He was ready for action.
While he is synonymous with Times Square, he shared with us that his real start was right here at Venice Beach where he used to model.
So here he was, on vacay, back where it all began. And with his wife in a scantily-clad bikini alongside. She is apparently the Naked Cowgirl.
We had a good chat with him as he was getting ready to ‘perform’. He was super curious about our two busses and our story. Funny – while we were away from the busses and cruising the boardwalk, he was observing the plethora of people taking photos of Marigold and our rental Ruby.
We said our goodbyes, but not before we got a bunch of autographed photos, and learned about his new venture, Naked Cowboy Oysters.
Then onwards to Jalama Beach, where we are spending 3 glorious nights camping directly on the beach.
And as the Naked Cowboy told us today as we parted ways, “Each day keeps getting better”.
Thanks, Robert. That is now our trip mantra, and words we will cherish forever….