Eating from Maryland to Hawaii and Back
At 80 years old and using a mobility scooter, I'm no longer able to take the marvelous exciting adventures that I see here in the Journey's section. But I do like to write about and take photos of my travels. My latest trip was a Group Cruise from San Pedro to Hawaii. So I decided that my goal would be to go on the cruise enjoy my food, and not gain (any more) weight.
Since my husband Bob does not want to fly or go on a cruise, and did not want to go to Hawaii, I took with me my friend Polly. She's a youngster at 70 - she's been cutting my hair for over 40 years and owns her own salon. My 81 year old husband managed to fall from the porch roof of our house three weeks before I was to leave. He was taking down the scaffolding of the porch roof and was going to wash off the side roof. The hose and yellow bucket were what he had up there but when he stepped off the wood, the metal roof is slippery
I drove him to the ER, and they X-rayed him and said he didn't break anything. But I think he cracked some ribs. Our daughter and her husband came up from Florida and took down the rest of the scaffolding from the porch roof.
October 23 - We flew from BWI (Baltimore) on Southwest. Southwest just has snacks.
LAX was under construction - we had to go outside to get to the carousel to get our checked bags - here we met Nemah
who pushed my wheelchair while Polly got our bags. When we got to the hotel, we were ready for sustenance. The hotel restaurant was not open for lunch - they just had Pete's Bodega
So we got the hotel shuttle to Rex's Cafe. I had a chicken salad wrap and some fruit. ($9.25) I ate the fruit and took half the salad wrap back to the room for later. The heat took some of my appetite
We got to our room, unpacked my scooter (which I shipped to the hotel in advance) and explored -Polly found the exercise room
By this time it was time for Happy Hour. Polly had a glass of wine $4.00 and we shared a cheese quesadilla $4.00 and I had a sundae (which was huge-and good). (I think they expected us to share, but Polly didn't want any)
October 24 - The hotel charges for breakfast, which I think is bogus since most mid-price hotels have a free breakfast buffet. The Continental breakfast is over $10. Polly got that and brought me back a banana and a glass of cranberry juice which is what I usually have at home. We were to board the ship tomorrow so we had a free day to explore San Pedro. The van driver took us on a mini tour of San Pedro (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 efforts. The statue has been described as ...__ the impression is that of a man who has slept on a bus.__
I wanted to see the Point Fermin Lighthouse, but it was in the trees and I could not see it from the street. Polly jumped out and went running into the park and took a photo with her cell phone
I knew the other lighthouse (Angels Gate) would be best viewed from a boat, so we took a harbor cruise. It was really hot - so hot that any seats that had been in the sun were too hot to sit on. We not only saw the lighthouse, but also the sea lions on the green buoy
And we had an unexpected view of the minimum security prison with the prisoner's exercising inside the razor wire
After the boat tour we sought an A/C place to have lunch. We ended up at the 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).
When the hotel van picked us up, he had a flat tire- 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.