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By this Author: REDTAILRV

23 July, Sunday

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.

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8 July, Saturday

Well here we are in the Seattle area helping a close friend to celebrate his 80th birthday. Weather is outstanding, clear skies and temps in the hight 80s. Unusual for here this time of year.

Coming up was interesting, we took LYFT from Long Beach to LAX. Nearly an hour ride and for only $30.15, great driver. Then once we got to SEATAC we again took LYFT to the Enterprise office for the rental car. That ride was $11.11, how they come up with the prices is interesting.
We will spend a couple more days here in the area and then head across the mountains to Walla Walla to visit our old babysistter. On the way our route takes us thru Mt Rainier National Park. Have not been there for many years.

Weather in Long Beach is starting to warm up which is nice. It is still 63 in the morning but the daytime temps will reach 85 or so at the beach. The winds will also die down, making it very pleasureable. Have been able to renew our parking space for next summer, agaiin from middle May to middle September.

Have not decided what our plans are for after Long Beach and the RNPA Reunion in Dearborn. It will depend greatly on the weather patterns in the South. We would like to visit Dallas and College Station Texas for the two Bush Libraries. BUT not driving into tornadoes and such.

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22 June, Thursday

Sorry for the delay, it is time to update our activities.

Long Beach has had a very cold spring until a few days ago and then it took the opposite tactic. It is now reaching 80 nearly everyday, very unusual for the beach area. Inland has had temps near 100 and some places over. Phoenix hit 122 on Tues, with the airport closing in the afternoon for even the large jets.

Grandson is visiting so we are doing touristy things. Went to the beach and played in the surf on Monday. Didn't see any sharks but then we did not expect to. We went to Long Beach, inside the breakwater. It eliminates the large waves and the danger of rip tides. One need to go further South to Seal Beach for more excitement.

Tuesday we ventured across the new bridge being built, The Desmond, which crosses the entrance to the Long Beach container harbor. They are building a new bridge 55 feet higher so the large container ships can enter. Once across we went on to the Battleship IOWA, moored permanently at San Pedro. It has been turned into a museum. It is a work in progress as only donated funds can be used. They have done a very good job in the few years it has been in port. A self guided tour takes about 2 hours, longer if you read every word of every information board. It is hard to realize nearly 3,000 men lived aboard during the various wars it was in.

Wednesday, forcaste to be HOT, we went to KNOTT'S SOAK CITY. This is a large water park connected with Knott's Berry Farm. We have been there before, it is great fun. Since it was hot, there were many, many people there. Ride were crowded and lines long compared to the last time. It was still lots of fun from 10 am until 5 pm. Then to IN & OUT for one of their great burgers.

More updates after we do more.

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31 May, Wednesday

Been a good week her in COOL Long Beach. By cool I mean temperature not slang. Every morning it has been 60 or cooler with a Marine layer. Almost too cool to go bike riding because there is always a breeze.

Went to the Sunday Market on Marine Ave and it was good as usual. All the fresh fruits and vegetables and good buys. Only problem the Kettle Korn booth has changed hands and now the price for a large is $10 not $6. NOT GOOD.

Also went to Costco to check on things and get gas for the car. The normal price on the outside is $3.15 +-, but at Costco it is $2.65. Not a bad savings.
This Costco is almost double in size from our one at home. Lots more of clothing and beach supplies. The food court is outside with outside dining, much better.

Bought a ROKU streamer on the advice of Joe. Installed it myself and got it running with no problem. We can now get all the channels, some 1000, and especially NETFLIX as the House of Cards was released yesterday. Will have to see how it works.

Weather to remain cool for the next week and then a warm up, (I hope).

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23 May, Tuesday

Quick note to update all. We are all set up and everything is now running smooth. On the first morning I made a pot of coffee in our new maker, then I made a second pot and it died. Would not turn on or work. SO looked up a similar unit on Amazon and ordered it. It was to be delivered on Wed, however it showed up early this morning. SO it is now installed and real coffee in the morning.

Also went for a bike ride this am. Followed out normal route do to Alfredo's on the beach. Going was calm and easy, returning the wind started to blow and it was difficult and cold riding. Did 5 miles.

Was looking at the SHIPS IN PORT in the morning paper. There are currently 59 ships in port with 18 ships scheduled in today and another 14 on Wednesday. Long Beach Port is the second busiest in the USA. The busiest is the Port of Los Angeles, just North of the Long Beach Port. Awesome place to watch ships and container movement.

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21 May, Sunday

It has been some time since my last entry. This will start those for summer.

We left Sun City at 0700 for the drive to Long Beach and the campground. We had moved the check in date up from Monday to Sunday thinking the traffic would be less, WRONG. It was a beautiful day, clear skies, no wind with a temperature forcaste to top 100 in Phoenix. We were on the I-10 by 0730 and already it was heavy traffic. It only got worse along with the temperature. By the time we were in Palm Springs it was over 100. It seemed everyone was coming back home to greater LA on the roads. The 10 was stop and go, then on to the 60 which was a little better. BUT then the
215 and 91. The 91 looked like a huge parking lot. Everyone stopped, then they all move and then they all stop. Not many people using the carpool lane or the toll lanes. I will have to check into the costs of the toll lanes. Finally made it to the 710, headed South to Long Beach. Traffic heavy but not bad. The turn off to the campground was not closed as reported earlier so an easy entry was made.

The manager of the campground was on duty, welcomed us and said to check in and not worry about paper work until later. We will be here the entire summer and she knows us from before. Our same slot was open and held for us. Took a few minutes to place the coach exactly like we wanted it and then to get out of the heat. It was over 90, very unusual. The campground was FULL. Seems it was PRIDE week and you could see the rainbow flags on all the coaches. They will all be leaving tomorrow.

Monday will consist of finishing the set up and looking over the area to familiarize ourselves again.

More to follow

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1 April, Saturday

Boy what a long day. We got up in Ahens at 02:00 for a 03:00 bus ride to the Marco Polo airport. The time 02:00 in Athens is actually, 4:00pm in Phoenix on the 31st. Any way we got on the bus for a 40 minute ride. Check in was extremely easy compared to some airports. I had printed our boarding passes on the ship which made a GREAT TIME SAVER. The Athens airport is not the largest but there was still a good walk to the gate.
We had Delta Sky boarding priority which really made a difference. We were the first people on the airplane, They wanted us to check our carry ons all the way to Phoenix, NO WAY. Had plenty of room on board.

Flight to Paris was uneventful. They served a nice breakfast and decent coffee. Our arrival at Paris was at the main airport, which is HUGE. We were told it was a 15 minute walk from arrival gate to Delta's departure gate. Well it was a 15 minute walk and also a 30 minute bus ride. We made the departure area in good shape, but no time for shopping or looking (YEH) Again we took advantage of the Sky priority and got on the plane early.
We had Comfort Plus seats which are a good deal. Extra leg room and other amendities.

The Delta aircraft was a Boeing 777 with some 368 passengers. It was a full flight as many students were returning from spring break in Europe.
The flight was all daylight, so the shades were pulled. Plenty of good movies and other programs. Good food and lots of napping.

Our arrival at Minneapolis was later than schdduled. We had to go thru Customs, actually Global Clearance which took less time except we were chosen at fadom for the bag check. We were sukpposed to have 1+30 hours for the connection but only had 45 minutes. We got thru the check and proceeded to the gate, last one on the concourse. BUY we made the flight and again boarded early with the SKY ticket. Flight to Phoenix was uneventful with snacks served.

Our total time from wake up in Athens to home in Sun City was just under 24 hours. Needless to say our unpacking will take place tomorrow or later. Got the house up and running, water on, coffee maker working and comuters fired up. Tonight a little night cap and early to bed.

Wonderful trip, would hight recommend it.

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31 March, Friday

`Day in Athens. Arrived very early account forcaste of hight winds. The Star is very sensitive to winds because of the shallow draft.
Our included tour took us to the Acropolis and the Parthenon, with sights along the way. It was cool and windy up there, nearly blowing us over as we tried to take pictures.

The one thing I have learned about our tour is: If it is newer than 1800 it is not considered old. They have 3 olive trees, one in Crete and two in Greece that are documented to be planted in 700 BC. How do they know that?????

Traffic was bad, as it usually it. This is also spring break so there are lots of students from both Europe and the United States. Our guide said it was like high season at the Acropolis, only cooler. In the summer it can be shoulder to shoulder and 40C or about 110F. Not a pleasant site to see.

Today is the final day, we need to pack, get our suitcases out by 10:00pm and then we have a wake up call at 02:00 for a 03:00 pickup for the airport. Our flight leaves at 6 in the morning. Hopefully I can write about that once we get home. If not it will be done at a later date when I am on local time again.

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Athens (1)

Labor demonstration on a main avenue as we are on our tour bus going to the Acropolis. They blocked the street for about 15 minutes then moved off and then did it again. Protesting working conditions and rules.

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Remains of the Temple of ZEUS. Currently there are 16 columns standing, the original had 100.

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Panathenic Stadium, largest marble stadium in the world. Built in 6 BC. Holds over 50,000 people.

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Panathenic Stadium as seen from the other end, on a post card.

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More views of the Parthenon

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West end of the Parthenon, under reconstruction.

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Other end of the Parthenon.

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