1. Don’t be vague in your opening sentence.
“We soaked up the warm sunlight.” Who? Where? Your reader is immediately irritated and bored.
Do be precise.
“The late morning sunlight melted across the parking lot of the quiet little motel in Yucca Valley, California. My best friend Ev and I took our coffee and sat on the back of the truck.” (More on why this sentence works in #3.)