Loving Long Beach

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Sep 222015

I’m real close to wrapping up my next book and Miss Terry is almost finished her latest weaving project. So yesterday we put them both on the back burner and went kite flying instead. Hey, when you have wind, why waste it, right?

The Long Beach Peninsula has a beautiful 28-mile long beach that is a playground for beachcombers, sand castle builders, kite flyers, horseback riders, runners, joggers and walkers, plus any other outdoor activity that you can think of.

Worlds longest beach sign

You can even drive on the beach, though overnight camping is prohibited.

Truck Camper on beach

And if you get tired of the beach (is that even possible?) there is plenty to do in town, including a go-kart track, lots of shops for browsing, a carousel, good restaurants, and the excellent World Kite Museum.

And don’t forget to check out the World’s Largest Frying Pan. It is 14 feet tall, and 9 feet 6 inches wide. Other towns claim to have the bigger frying pans, but I’ve never seen them, so I’ll take the word of the good folks at Long Beach on this one.

Frying Pan small

The frying pan is right across the street from Marsh’s Free Museum, a world class tourist trap where you find any kind of souvenir ever made and see such oddities as a two-headed calf.



Marsh’s biggest claim to fame is Jake The Alligator Man. Jake has a lot of fans who come from all over the world to see him. Is he real? According to half a dozen supermarket tabloids, he is!

Jake the Alligator Man

It was in the mid-60s and the wind was really blowing hard when we got to the beach. Almost too hard actually, but we decided to give it a try anyway and unlimbered a couple of our Revolution kites.

I have to say that Terry and I are both very pleased with the progress we have made with all of the flying we have been doing as we worked our way north along the coast for the last three months. We’re far from experts with our quad line kites, but we can do most of the basic maneuvers and we’re getting better all the time.

Two Revs Long Beach 2

We flew for a couple of hours, until we got too cold and decided to call it a day. Kite flying really builds up an appetite, so we stopped at the Lost Roo for dinner. Terry and I both think that they have the best fish and chips in town.

Today we say goodbye to Long Beach. We have spent a total of five weeks here at the Thousand Trails in two different visits this summer and we’ll miss the area. But the great thing about the fulltime RV lifestyle is that we can come back again. And you can bet we will!

Thought For The Day – My wife keeps saying that I never listen to her… or something like that.

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  3 Responses to “Loving Long Beach”

  1. Did you ever wonder whose head they used for Jake’s head? I mean really … it belongs to someone, right??

  2. “If you have wind, don’t waste it”. Sounds like a line for the next Big Lake City Council meeting. Just sayin………

  3. I would have to say that the area you are leaving and going to has to be one of our favorite places to visit. It is hard to say but Long Beach is so much fun, we always enjoy staying their. Have fun heading south and my our paths cross before you head east.

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