Day 26: Downey to San Pedro

I must’ve been through more than a dozen cities today. Bellflower, Artesia, Lakewood, Hawaiian Gardens, Paramount…are the ones that come to mind. Finally, made it to Long Beach which took about half the day. A great off-leash doggie beach in Belmont Shore was a great way to end the day for all of us. Grem disappeared down the beach for quite awhile and I was just about to panic when I saw a black dot on the horizon flying towards us. The Pacific was warm enough today for Nik to get a lot of swimming in. He’d been tortured all day by the salty smell and views of the beach. I think he’s starting to understand “later, buddy, not now”. Grippie has mastered the art of sleeping in a sitting position:


I think these bushes might be what I’ve been smelling the past couple days. I want to say azaleas but I don’t think that’s it. They’re more like cherry trees but in bush form. Can anyone identify them?


I saw more summer flowers today including these white roses. I understand it’s freezing back home in NYC.


Some other “plant life” caught my eye today: palm tree-shaped cell phone towers. They sure beat the plain old white ones we have back home — but they always give me a chuckle:

This one was more natural underneath the metal sheathing but they had to run a bunch of wires up the trunk for some reason:


This Art Deco building must have been so serene before all the pizza shop signage. Sheesh, couldn’t they come up with something just a little more respectful? I love the way the little ballie sits on the point.


Somehow this pharmacy sign got adapted to “P” something from the Rx. But the building is now empty so who knows what will happen to it next:


I’d love to know the history of this Long Beach sign:


This sign hangs above the Tidy Dog Self-Serve Dog Wash in Long Beach. I don’t know if the place used to be a laundromat or if this sign was recently installed in a humorous retro sort of way.


Lastly, this giant baby was standing in front of the Long Beach Museum of Art. He really creeped me out. I had to Google him tonight. I’m still not clear about his significance but here are some additional photos of the “Child”:

4 thoughts on “Day 26: Downey to San Pedro

  1. Sorry, don’t know what the flowers are..but those cell phone towers are a trip! :o)

    I to have mastered sleeping sitting up and even been known to nap standing too! (I take a commuter train to work! Lots of time to nap!)


  2. ps…per your earlier post response..I could never be bored of dog shots…I’m a dog person…that’s originally how I found your site…from re-reading an old post on the DockDogs forum, and saw your website..which led me here.


  3. I have a 20 minute subway ride to work each afternoon and can grab a deep nap and still wake up for my stop. Amazing what we can train our bodies to do when there’s need!

  4. The internet is simply amazing — one thing leads to another, then another. Hopefully, when I get back to NYC it will be Spring and I can get Nik back on the Dock. I’m very curious to see if this new wee one will jump. She seems to have no fear or water or much else. Still, she’s not as nuts as he is.

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