Longbeach/Huntington Beach

10 Sep
2009

We arrived at LGB just after dark, caught an awesome sunset on the descent into Cali. All this flying is a humbling experience, you truly begin to understand your own insignificance on an intuitive level. The grandeur of the mountains and the surreal peacefulness of the cloudscapes, sporadically dotted with the passing shadows of planes thousands of feet above you.

We were picked up by Jeremy’s friend Kate at the airport and immediately headed to In-n-Out Burger. Joe had never had the “In-n-Out” experience;  so we popped his cherry. We’ve been eating meals about twice a day at oddly spaced intervals, so by the time we find some grindage people are usually pretty ravenous.  Steve “Mitch” Micciche has the most “unique” eating habits on the trip (Read: If it’s not shitty and preprocessed, he doesn’tusually eat it.) and totally held up our order with his “Lemon-Up”.  After the diligent crew at In-n-Out finally got the mix of 7up and Lemonade proportionally correct and delivered our eats, the crew went “Beast-mode” and quickly demolished each individual “#1 meal — Animal Style”.

Morning ride to the airport in LGB

Morning ride to the airport in LGB

We spent about an hour at Kate’s house, finishing up production on the Chicago blog post and the Boston video, then it was off to Johnny’s Saloon. Johnny’s is Huntington Beach’s equivalent to The Pink in Buffalo. It has an unique Rock-a-billy clientele and an awesome atmosphere. The music was classic country, old school punk, with some random Gansta Rap inserted to round off the corners.

Sign above the bar at Johnnys

Sign above the bar at Johnny's

Johnnys doesnt serve the following...

Johnny's doesn't serve the following...

We chilled out and exchanged stories most of the night; we all don’t know each other that well yet. Which gives the trip and interesting dynamic. The team is built with the following relationships: Joe and Clark have known each other since College, Steve and Jeremy go way back, and Joe is the connection point that bridged the gap. Joe met Steve and Jeremy through his roommate about three months ago.  Clark didn’t meet Steve or Jeremy until two weeks before the trip.   So needless to say, our crew is still developing it’s social structure.

Clark pulls a Jergler

Clark pulls a "Jergler"

Check out the totally rad decor, the candles move up and down...Goth-a-billy?

Check out the totally rad decor, the candles move up and down...Goth-a-billy?

Much to Joe’s chagrin, Huntington Beach doesn’t have After-Hours. So we headed back to Kate’s and got a totally awesome 5 hour nap on her living room floor.  It was about 57x better than the sleep we caught on the frigid marble floor of Logan the night before.   At 5:45am PST we were woken up by our gracious hostess and we headed out to SEA.

Kate at 5:45am with her dogs... shes going to hate me for posting this!

Kate at 5:45am with her dogs... she's going to hate me for posting this!

After navigating the treacherous Los Angeles traffic, we caught the Big Blue Bus to SEA.

Long Beach Airport in the Morning

Long Beach Airport in the Morning

Big Blue Bus on the Tarmacadam in LGB

Big Blue Bus on the Tarmacadam in LGB

To see the rest of the images from today’s part of the journey check out Clark’s photostream on flickr.

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