Early start leaving the hostel to go to Long Beach to meet Suzie my cousin. Taking about an hour from Hollywood\Vine its a easy enough journey and Suzie meets me at the metro and then head to her house to catch up and chill out for a bit before going out. They stay at ALAMITOS BAY, which is a Beautiful marina where they also keep their boat moored so close for that. Their place looks out onto the marina and boats and has a great view.
So we head to her daughter’s place Brooke, which is about 20mins drive and in a cool area. Brooke and her partner Megan run a dog walking and say care business, which looks like it is doing really well as the house is full of every different type of dog – big small tall short. They also own a great dane that it so gorgeous and lovely it actually makes me want to get one one day. So soppy too.
Heading from there, with Brooke, we go to a Mexican near by and that is super nice. It’s fab to catch up as first time meeting Brooke and at least 2 years from seeing Suzie.
Next stop is Newport Beach and Brooke heads back as has to do a dog walk and so Suzie and drive along the coast to check it out. It’s a really nice area – Amazing big houses thT because it is orange county also go for millions. The weather is a bit cloudy, but still warm for strolling about although not sure I would be on the beach like some are. braver than me. It has a nice jetty out and lots of cool boulders giving it a good feel. And manage to see quite a few pelicans flying about and they are cool to see as so big and fly in cool diamond shape formations.
Next we head to Laguna Beach and go to PACIFIC TERRACE BAR that is really nice sitting outside looking at the sea. Even see dolphins swimming as have a good vantage point. We stay there for a good hour or so chatting and catching up over a nice glass of wine and mojito.
From there we need to get back as have a reservation at NICKS on 2nd in Long Beach and before that want to head out onto their boat – The sea spray. So we just make good time to catch the sunset on the boat as we go abound the marina. Really pretty and Suzie even has some wine and snacks to enjoy as we cruise about. Her husband Karl is driving the boat and being a great captain. Its nice for us all as Brooke and Megan are there too to catch up. It would be so cool to have access to a boat to go other places like CATALINA island as its very cosy with a downstairs area with nice bed, bathroom and lounge so all you need for a short trip.
The dinner completes a really nice day with the family and is great food too. Long Beach high street area seems like it has a good vibe too and lots of people about. Really nice to see them all and also be spoilt with the nice drinks, dinner and boat experience definitely very different to london.
9th June 2016