Time For A Sea Cruise Or Harbor Tour (Page Two)
We decided to see the top of the water for a while and warm up a little.
A short stroll to the cruise terminal
Nancy and Charlotte make an emergency stop at the ice cream wagon!
Emergency Stop At Bubba Gumps
We went to Bubba Gumps for a drinkie poo before the cruise
Nancy listens to one of Greg's stories
Charlotte got some decorating ideas for her living room
Thinking about Bob Fiedler
Hot sauce... a requirement
Two orders to go please
Back To The Pier
OK... We are ready for the adventure
The Whale Watching boat is just coming in
In line and ready to go
Out of the harbor we go...
Going up top to get a better view
We had plenty of seating today...
Nancy already has a new friend.... Mr. Bird
We are about to embark on an adventure
Greg found the bar
Absorbing the sun... The cool sea breeze makes it enjoyable
"Where is the bar??"
We are underway passing the Light House
Did You Know? - The Pike at Rainbow Harbor is located between the Long Beach Convention Center and the Aquarium of the Pacific. The tourist-oriented development has a large number of restaurants and a 14-theater megaplex Cinemark movie theater.
The Gameworks keystone attraction closed and has re-opened as Kitchen-Den-Bar. There is also a four-level, fee parking-structure, metered street parking, a pedestrian overpass supporting teaser artwork resembling a steel rollercoaster, an outdoor amphitheater, an antique Spillman carousel (1920) and a solar-powered Ferris wheel.
The Queen awaits our arrival
Still magnificent after 70 years...
We asked Greg not to stand up and fly like in the movie
A look back toward the output of the Los Angeles River
Did You Know? - The Los Angeles River (also known as the L.A. River) starts in the Simi Hills and Santa Susana Mountains and flows through Los Angeles County, California, from Canoga Park in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, nearly 48 miles (77 km) southeast to its mouth in Long Beach. Several tributaries join the once free-flowing and frequently flooding river, forming alluvial flood plains along its banks. It now flows through a concrete channel on a fixed course.
Environmental groups and park advocates support the removal of concrete and the restoration of natural vegetation and wildlife. There are also plans for a series of parks along the river's city frontage in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles River also flows through several Los Angeles County communities and has been featured in many Hollywood films.
Before the opening of the Los Angeles Aqueduct, the river was the primary source of fresh water for the city. Although the Los Angeles region still gets some of its water from the river and other local sources, most comes from several aqueducts serving the area. The river suffers pollution from agricultural and urban runoff.
It was a beautiful day
What are they talking about?? Golf!
The fishing boat was coming in with bunches of birds following
Nice breeze on the bay
A great day for sightseeing
Camera in hand
We had the ship almost to ourselves
It's a buoy
Did You Know? - A buoy is a floating device that can have many purposes. It can be anchored (stationary) or allowed to drift with the sea wave.
The word, of Old French or Middle Dutch origin, is (in UK English) now most commonly pronounced identical with boy, as in buoyancy.
In American English the pronunciation is closer to "boo-ee."
They crawl up onto the buoy and take a nap...
That seagull better be careful
Off we go
The harbor was full of ships
The Castor Voyager is a crude oil tanker
You can find almost any of 67,000 ships location on-line
244 m long and 42 m wide
Everyone is sleeping today... Only one guy waved at us
Note the quick escape system on the back of the ship
Time to sail over the bounding main
Did You Know? - "Sailing, Sailing" (also known by its first line "Sailing, sailing, over the bounding main") is a children's song about sailing on the ocean. It was written in 1880 by Godfrey Marks, a pseudonym of British organist and composer James Frederick Swift (1847–1931).
One of the four Long Beach pumping islands
They bring the trucks to the island, load them up, and off they go
Did You Know? - The THUMS Islands are a set of four artificial islands in San Pedro Bay off the coast of Long Beach, California. They were built in 1965 to tap into the East Wilmington Oil Field. The landscaping and sound walls were designed to camouflage the operation and reduce noise, and they are the only decorated oil islands in the United States.
After a 1964 court case that gave the state of California mineral rights to the area, the islands were built at an estimated cost of $22 million in 1965, the islands were operated by THUMS, a consortium named after the parent companies who bid for the island contract: Texaco, Humble Oil (now Exxon), Union Oil, Mobil Oil, and Shell Oil.
The rim of the islands are made of 640,000 tons of boulders from Catalina Island, and the islands were then filled with 3.2 million cubic yards of dredged material from the bay.
The islands contain significant landscaping, a waterfall, and tall structures concealing the drilling rigs, including one known as The Condo and mistaken for "a ritzy hotel" by those on land.
The structures are lit in colored lights at night. The aesthetic mitigation cost $10 million at time of construction, and was overseen by theme park architect Joseph Linesch. They were described by a Los Angeles Times writer as "part Disney, part Jetsons, part Swiss Family Robinson".
We made it! YEAH!
"Let's go to Old Ranch and have a drink!"
Old Ranch Here We Come
Nancy introduced Paul to a Brandy Manhattan
She looks so good after four of them.. Amazing
Greg decided to munch on some onions
Checking in with Vince
"Onions for all"
Carri takes it all in
Almost a giggle