Spent some time with Squeak, Stellie and the Parental Support Staff. Glad to have them back in the US.
Now, my thoughts on Seal Beach California:
Nice place. Really, REALLY nice place. The family landed in military housing, (attached to Naval Weapons Station). The kids' school is a block away. They walk to school since there are crossing guards. The beach is an easy 1 mile walk through the sleepy little surf town of Seal Beach.
Just lots of families enjoying the surf, beach and shops there. Very laid back and people were very friendly.
Weather is amazing with highs in the mid to upper 80's every day and lows in the 60's at night. Their apartment doesn't have AC so, we had to buy fans but, they have a large balcony and we enjoyed eating out there every night. Looks like Seal Beach gets an average of 12 inches of rain a year and the temperature doesn't vary much year round. Humidity is around 45%, if that.
The beach is very nice and clean as well. Surfers are out in the morning until 10:00 with families coming out around that time. The surfers are "black balled" from a large section of the beach from the pier down the lifeguard tower 7 after 10:00 AM so families can enjoy the beach durning the day. I spoke with several surfers and they were super nice and friendly. One offered to let me use his extra board, (I politely declined). The surf in the morning on Seal Beach is usually 5-8 swells so, surfing is a big thing there.
Traffic in that area is not bad at all. While there are a lot of people around, the traffic is bearable unless, you venture onto the freeways. The freeways are like Atlanta rush hour traffic most of the time, although, we left for the airport yesterday and it took 20 minutes to get there. I had to go into LA for work one day and it took almost an hour to go 35 miles.
It seems like there is an effort to clean up LA and surrounding areas because I didn't see as much trash on the roadside as compared to 15 years ago, (when I was last out that way).
Businesses in the area are dead serious about their bathrooms, though. Even in Seal Beach, every business has "Facilities are for clients/staff only" signs up. There are public restrooms at the pier in Seal Beach and they are patrolled by the Seal Beach police to discourage vagrants.
Shopping bags are a "thing" out there. If you forget your bags, you pay .10 for each of the shopping bags you use. Now, these bags you buy are like, 10X thicker than your regular "T-shirt" bag from Kroger. This is to encourage reuse. Most people carry their own shopping bags. Since we do that anyway, it's no big deal.
Shopping: Seems Target owns the retail space in SoCal. Ralphs is Kroger with similar pricing/products. Even my Kroger rewards card worked there.
Lemons are not to be found. Seems lemons are very seasonal in SoCal with a lot of the crop going to Asia. Just about the only lemons to be found were Meyer lemons. I found that strange.
Avocados are everywhere with prices ranging from .69 each at Ralphs to, 1.57 each at Pavilions, (very upscale store near the apartment). Fish and seafood is a bit harder to find than I would have thought and we ended up going to Whole Foods for Key West pink shrimp and Cod.
Introduced Chris to Trader Joes.
We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed our time with the family. We will be going back at Thanksgiving to spend a week with them.
With the weather and laid back atmosphere of the area, I can see why people would want to live in that area but, as expected, housing is very expensive and in short supply.
Edited by DuncanDad, 12 August 2018 - 03:56 AM.