24.10.2017 - 24.09.2017 40 °C
Originally I thought the cruise was going to leave from San Diego which would have been great as I have never been there.
I've never been to San Pedro either, but it isn't as much of a tourist destination. So I researched. I found that there was a trolley that stopped at the hotel which would go down to the waterfront, which I thought would be one thing I could do. I also like to take photos of lighthouses, and there were at least two that I thought I could see in San Pedro. One, the Point Fermin Lighthouse was fairly close to the hotel, and the Angels Gate Lighthouse in Los Angeles harbor. The Angels Gate Lighthouse would probably be best viewed from a boat, so when I called the hotel (to ask about shipping my scooter), I asked about harbor tours and they gave me three names (and also gave me the bad news about the trolley). I looked up all of the names she gave me. There was only one that we could take during the week. I also thought I might visit the Maritime Museum.
My goals for the day:
Point Fermin Lighthouse
Cabrillo Marine Museum
Since yesterday was such a long day, I slept until I felt like waking up this morning. I left my watch on Eastern time, so it was about 10:00 Eastern time when I got up. Not really so late as it would only be 7:00 in California.
I went to take a shower and it took me at least 15 minutes to figure out how to get the hand held shower to work and I never did really figure out how to adjust the temperature. Polly left me some stuff to put on my skin and my hair (Polly owns a hair salon and she has been cutting and styling my hair since 1974) and I got them mixed up and put the skin stuff on my hair. But I was wearing a hat so I guess it wasn't really important.
In the meantime, Polly went to breakfast - you could either have a continental breakfast for $10 or a full breakfast for $16.00. She got the continental breakfast, and she brought me back a banana and some cranberry juice. I really don't like paying for breakfast at a hotel when so many of the cheaper hotels have it for free. I had expected to have to pay for the internet here, but I didn't unless I wanted premium service.
When I got down to the lobby, Polly was talking to a man with a cowboy hat and a white goatee who turned out to be a Teamsters rep who was there for contract negotiations - the meetings were being held in the hotel. I saw a guy in the hotel uniform with a headpiece like the order taker in a drive through and I went over to ask him about going to the Point Fermin lighthouse and taking a harbor tour. He turned out to be the shuttle driver. So he put the scooter in the van and we set off.
First we drove toward the lighthouse. The van driver took us on a tour of some of the parts of San Pedro on the way to it.
We saw the statue of Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. He is now remembered as the first European to travel the California coast,
.. and many parks, schools, buildings and streets in California bear his name. Noteably in San Pedro, there is Cabrillo Beach and the Cabrillo Marine Museum.
And then we saw the statue of Stephen M. White. As a U. S. Senator, White led the campaign in Congress to make San Pedro a major harbor. A deep-water harbor was constructed in San Pedro with federal funds as a result of White’s determined efforts. The figure is described as follows:
The subject is a stubby man, comfortably overweight, in the fashion of his time, with a Ulysses S. Grant beard. He wears an ill-cut suit with a frock coat and trousers that hang low at his heel and break twice at the ankle.
“His coat is open to show an unkempt six–button vest. His bow tie is askew against a wing collar. The whole impression is that of a man who has slept on a bus.
“His left thumb is stuck in a pocket. His right arm is raised and extended in what is probably meant to be a visionary gesture.
The original statue designed by a deaf and mute artist, Douglas Tilden was originally in Los Angeles, but was moved to San Pedro in Feb 23, 1989
The lighthouse turned out to be in the trees
so I couldn't see it clearly but Polly got out and went running off with her phone to take photos of it. She got some good photos, but they are all movies and my computer didn't recognize her phone. As you can see, I eventually figured it out.
After she emerged from the park, he drove us down to Ports of Call which seems to be a whole conglomeration of restaurants with at least three places where you can get a boat tour. I had decided against going to Catalina, and Spirit Tours only runs on the weekend, but I couldn't remember the name of the other harbor tour company. We got to Spirit Tours first, but the van guy drove a little farther and then I saw that it was a place with the memorable name of L.A. Waterfront Sportfishing & Cruises. We heard a girl on the loudspeaker saying that the tour left in 45 minutes. I tipped the van driver $10.00
We found the boat and were told to go back to the green building to get a ticket. After we identified the green building,
we went in and they said that they needed 5 people to go out and do the harbor tour but that so far we were the only two. I asked if I could pay the senior rate ($10.00) for the other three people if there were not enough to go.
Polly paid for our tickets and we waited to see if I needed to buy three more. The captain (T.J.) came in and we discussed what we could see if we were the only two people. He said he had changed from sports fishing to tours because his daughter was tired of him being out all night. Before the time to leave, four other people showed up and so I didn't have to pay extra.
There were ramps to get onto the boat which I thought the scooter could do, so I gave the captain the tickets and he followed me down - I guess to see that I made it and didn't fall off the dock. At the bottom of the ramp down to the dock he said there was a dip to the left (which I saw) and I should lean right which I was already doing. Then the ramp up to the boat he pushed a little, but it was no strain.
It was very hot (I heard 105 F) and the benches that had been in the sun were too hot to sit on. I left the scooter and went up on the deck.
It was a nice tour and very informative. I got some photos of the Angels Gate Los Angeles Lighthouse
and the sea lions on the green buoy.
Most of the rest of my photos weren't that good because I was too close to things and too low to the water, but getting to know the harbor layout gave me the information I needed to take photos from the cruise ship the next afternoon.
I went inside as my back was hurting and tried to lie down but the benches were too narrow. But it was cooler out of the sun
We got off the boat and went to look for a place to eat since the hotel restaurant is not open for lunch. We walked all around the docks, and saw some people trying to rescue this mouse. But I think he was beyond help.
Most of the restaurants were open air which of course meant no A/C.
Eventually I asked a security guard and he said the Fish Market would be air conditioned (World Famous San Pedro Fish Market & Restaurant).
It was inside and cooler but their A/C was not really working. But it was cool enough. I had a salad with about 8 large shrimp on top (with cocktail sauce).
Polly wanted to know if we should try to go to the Los Angeles Maritime Museum (which we saw from the water), but I felt I had really done enough and could skip that.
After we ate we called for the guy to pick us up and were told it would be a wait. Polly asked if he could call us and we would stay seated inside, but eventually I decided to go out and we found a place to sit in the shade.
He came not long after that but he had a flat tire. We told him he could go to the gas station and get the tire blown up before he need to take us to the hotel. (The van had A/C.) So he drove to a Sinclair station. Apparently this is one of the few remaining Sinclair stations in the world, but we didn't know that, so we didn't take a photo.
We got back to the hotel and cranked up the A/C (which is done with a remote). I did email and stuff on the computer for awhile and also plugged the scooter in - Polly plugged in the scooter end, but forgot to plug in the other end. She went down for a swim but she said there were too many kids in the pool.
We were to meet George (the travel agent who arranged the group cruise) at 5, so we went down to the lobby. We met George (I had never met him - only on the internet, and I used a different travel agent for cruises until last year when the travel agent I had been using died) and got our group T-shirts and lanyards and talked to people.
Polly wanted to use the ATM to get money because she did not realize that she would not really need a lot of money on the ship.
So she did that and then the group decided to take a hotel van over to the 22nd Street Landing restaurant that we tried to go to on Monday for lunch. Since it was now Tuesday, it would be open. It takes a long time to get that many people organized and it was two van loads. The van driver told us that we should get the lobster bisque, and the one of the seafood dishes that was special to the restaurant (I don't remember what it was).
The restaurant was hot - the A/C wasn't on or wasn't working well - the doors to the deck were open.
It took a long time to get drinks and then a long time to get orders taken and get food. We didn't leave the restaurant until after nine. I did get a cup of lobster bisque ($5)
and the Chef's Special which was grilled salmon over saffron risotto with asparagus ($23)
The lady sitting next to me was having a hard time with the heat and the waitress came and got Polly to help her. (the other lady at the table other than George's wife Becca was also using a scooter). Polly came back and collected her purse and phone.
We got back here to the hotel, and I just went to bed.