I know, I’m a few days late on this. The weekend was busy and I just didn’t have the energy!
Day three was our Long Beach / Queen Mary day. I love all things paranormal and had heard of the “ghosts” aboard the ship. I booked our tickets for entry onto the ship which included the Ghosts and Legends “tour”. We got there early and entered the ship – the “tour” began at 11am. I keep saying “tour” with quotation marks because it was not really a tour. More about this after a few pictures:
I was really excited about the Ghosts and Legends “tour” until they started talking about special effects. Whaaaat? Noooo! I wanted to experience the underbelly of the boat (the old swimming pool, the boiler room) in all of its original glory. Instead we got a staged Disney-like version of a haunted tour with special effects, sounds, lights etc… which really distracted from the history of those areas. I was really disappointed. I’m sure if there are really spirits living down there, they are pretty pissed off!
After that mess, we explored the common areas of the boat. Outside was really beautiful and most of it has been restored to make it look good but most everything is original The deck was quite impressive:
After the deck we looked around inside a bit before lunch.
Of course by this time everyone was starving so good thing the Queen Mary is also a hotel with a restaurant on board. Lunch was pricey but good and it was nice to rest our feet for a bit. Overall, I would say that the Queen Mary is a very over-rated tourist attraction. It would be nice to spend a nite or two on board but I really felt like I spent over $200 to walk around a hotel for a few hours. Good to see once, but we won’t be doing it again.
Our son had been bugging us about going to Venice beach because he’s into skateboarding and there was a skatepark he had heard about there. I was a bit apprehensive because according to Tripadvisor – Venice Beach is a s***-hole. We got there quickly and after paying another gazillion dollars to park our car, we checked the place out. Yep – Venice Beach definitely does have a certain “flavor”. Somewhere in between 10- days- without -a -shower body odor, soured milk and dog poo. No it did not smell good and no I would never eat at any of the places that line the boardwalk. But, it didn’t feel unsafe as many of the Tripadvisor posters had mentioned. We were there in the middle of the day so I’m sure that added to the comfort factor.
The skate park was really cool however and we spent some time watching kids with some pretty great skills on their boards. One boy couldn’t have been more than 8 years old and he was killing it in the bowl (like a big empty swimming pool). Being a mom I was tense every time he would drop in and fly out but he had it totally under control. Mark my words, we will see this kid again some day – X Games, Olympics…something. He was amazing. I don’t know if you can see him real good in this short video but he’s the one with the long blond hair. There are a few more clips on my YouTube channel.
We walked down the boardwalk a bit, bought my son a retro-style skateboard at the skate shop and then headed back up the coast.
The kids wanted to see surfers so we drove into Malibu to spend some time at Surfrider beach. The water was coooold! I don’t know how some of those surfers could be out there without wet suits on.
The seagulls in Malibu must eat really good because they are giants. I’ve never seen such huge seagulls!
We watched this one gull stalk a lady’s bag of Fritos as she was sunning. He would wait until she closed her eyes…then creep over and try to steal the bag. She was getting quite frustrated and thought it would be a good idea to hide the Fritos in her bag. Not deterred in the least…that was one determined gull! He waited for her to close her eyes and then went for the bag. This went on for a while and I couldn’t help but laugh and cheer the gull on! Who brings Fritos to the beach anyway and not share??
We stayed in Malibu until the sun went down and began our drive back into Thousand Oaks. We ended the night with a dinner at the local Olive Garden.
Next up…The Griffith Observatory and lovely CA traffic!