Sunday I decided to take my lil prince on adventure. We headed to San Pedro. San Pedro has a lot of fond memories for me as a child. My grandmother use to work at the Long Beach Naval Shipyard and during the summer I would spend many days with her at work. After going over the first bridge to Terminal Island, the Gerald Desmond Bridge,
I noticed how different things looked. There was no sign that the Naval Shipyard even existed any more. It was all shipping containers and cranes. This made me sad. The we proceeded over the second bridge, Vincent Thomas Bridge,
which takes you into Ports O’ Call. As a child I was always afraid to go over the big green bridge. Our first stop was the San Pedro Fish Market. Eating here is not for the faint of heart, you literally pick your food fresh out of the tank and watch them kill/cook it or grab it fresh from the ice and carry it over to the kitchen to be cooked. Once your food is cooked, you take your tray piled high with fantastically seasoned fish and potatoes out onto the deck and watch the ships sail by. We were surrounded by families pounding on tables cracking the crabs, drinking lots of beer and mariachi music in our ears. After eating we walked along the docks and looked at many shops and vendors.
Next we went about 3 miles down the street to the Cabrillo Beach Aquarium. This is a great learning place and is completely free. You get to observe, touch and inspect various types of animals from the sea. The lil Prince loved every aspect.
Before we headed home we went about a mile up the hill to the Korean Friendship Bell. This is a great lookout point off Fort McArthur. The bell is quite large and exquisite. This was a gift from Korea to the US on July 4, 1976. The bell is located on part of Fort McArthur so there is a lot of old bunkers and gunnery bases to explore as well.
It was truly a great day with my lil man.
Hope you all have great day. I ♥ you! oxox