What a great few days we just had. Daughter from Mesa flew over to spend 4 days in Long Beach with us.
After meeting the airplane and driving back from LAX thru the traffic we had a bite to eat and then headed to the beach. We chose Seal Beach as the waves are much better and easier parking. There is no sea wall to curtail the water as it approached land, in Long Beach there is a huge sea wall to protect the Port and ships. Not too crowded as it was a weekday (Wednesday).
After getting our fill of sun and surf we returned home, cleaned up and went to the Belmont area for Stroll and Savor. This venue is where most of the eating establishments will put out 'samples' that you exchange tickets for. It is samples of the food they serve. You purchase 12 tickets for $10. Each sample has a different amount of tickets due for it. It is LOTS of fun and some very good food. Always have to start at Panama Joe's for Happy Hour where you automatically get two drinks for the price of one.
NOW on Thursday we headed to Anaheim and the Flight Center. We had reserved simulator time on the F-16. Two of us along with 5 others were signed up to fly and dog fight. After a briefing on the aircraft, getting fit with a flight suit and settling into the cockpit the fun began. It was over an hour of flying and fighting. My daughter ended up being TOP GUN with 15 kills.
On then to Knott's Berry Farm and the amusement park area. This is ever much as good as Disneyland and considerably cheaper. Spend over 6 hours riding the various rides. The best was the GhostBuster Roller Coaster. This is an original, made of wood. It does not loop or go up side down, but it will thrill you even more.
Friday brings another day of adventure. Headed to Alimitos Bay area and the rental of paddle boards. The two ladies partook of this action, even going thru the canals of Naples Island.
Fri was much more relaxing, Breakfast at NICK's (perhaps the best place to eat in Belmont. They only serve breakfast on week ends. The line is long but the wait is well worth it. Afterwards we watched the surf-sailers and their huge parakites.
Time then to return to coach, repack and prepare for the flight back to Phoenix. The time went all too fast.