Long Beach, CA
10/28 -- 10/30/2016
Long Beach is located about 22 miles south of Downtown Los Angeles. It is the second most populated city within the Greater Los Angeles Area and a principal city of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The port of Long Beach is one of the world's largest shipping ports and the second busiest container port in the US. It is in San Padro Bay and side by side with the port of Los Angeles, where we embarked on a cruise trip to Mexico in 2013.
The main purpose of this trip was to go to Bands of America Marching
Championships regional competition in Long Beach. This was the last
competition for this season for Saratoga High School Marching Band and Color
Guard, and it was also Iris' last marching band performance in her high school
I left work early on Friday afternoon (and went to pick up a rental camera at BorrowLenses since I need a 2nd camera for long shots in addition to the static wide angle video). The traffic had started to build up on Highway 85 and 101 when we were on the road. With a quick stop at an In-N-Out burger for dinner, we arrived in Long Beach at ~ 10PM.
We had an early lunch after the aquarium visit at Bubba Gump Shrimp, and it was our first real meal in 2 days (only had a drive-thru at McDonald's last night). We started to drive back at about noon. Although we were about one and a half hours behind SHS buses when we started, we had plenty of time to catch them up (with only one quick stop), and we arrived back home 5 min earlier than they did. Marching Band is a demanding activity for both students and parents, however, I think I will miss it after Iris graduates...
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