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Published: October 14th 2005
02-03/10/05 Eight wheels to Long Beach
We headed south out of Bishop on the 395 and drove to Ridgecrest, where Carol, Rita and Mikayla were staying after a family wedding. We met quite a few of Rita's relatives and spent an hour or so chatting about our trip and the crash before we kidnapped Carol and made her navigate us to Long Beach.
We spent the evening talking over news, old and new, and generally putting the world to rights. Carol and I did our degrees together in Portsmouth, England and Carol pointed out that it was probably twenty years ago to the day that we first met - LAWKS!!
The next day we both slept late before finding space in the garage for the bikes. Later we headed to the Long Beach Aquarium to ooh and aah at all the fish. We also learnt something - Starfish are not fish, ooh no, they are Sea Stars; apparently this is because they are invertebrates. Also you can't kill a Sea Star by pulling one of its legs off, but you might just make two Stars from the original one. Now you can't say that this blog isn't informative and educational.
from the Long Beach Aquarium
Our favourites were the Sea Hares - a bit like an aquatic slug, sadly we didn't get photos of them, so you'll just have to use Google if you want to see them in all their glory.
Rita had to work late, so Carol and Mikayla took us to dinner at one of their favourite restaurants, the Belmont Brewing Company on the sea front. Carol drove us there in her convertible VW Beetle, she and Vern sat in the front discussing dull stuff like the traffic, Mikayla and I had a much more interesting conversation:
Lipstick vs lipgloss (lipgloss obviously!!)
Why you should always wear sunglasses in a convertible (bugs in the eyes apparently, NOT because it looks cool)
How lucky we were that we had our helmets on when we crashed - having seen the damage caused to mine I'm totally in agreement with this.
Why adult conversations are soooooo dull (erm, I think I have to agree with this as well).
We drove back via Signal Hill so we could look down on the lights of Long Beach - very pretty, think Portsmouth at night from Portsdown Hill, only much bigger.
04/10/05 and eight wheels back
(we think!)another resident of the Long Beach Aquarium
We left Long Beach to take the enormous SUV back to Bishop, we have arranged a compact car rental from Alamo at Los Angeles Airport for the rest of our stay in the USA, so we collected that and each drove one car back. We stopped at The Getty Centre for lunch and a look around, the views of LA are amazing and the art collection is quite stunning.
We got back to Bishop at around 9pm, called Carol to let her know we'd arrived safely and found dinner at the only place in town that was still open - Burger King!
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