Travelogue, Day 16: Last chance at the beach

Posted By on October 22, 2009 1:42 pm

The good news is the Phillies won last night, eliminating the Dodgers, so I get to go home on Friday morning for the whole weekend before leaving for the World Series. The bad news is that I’m likely done with Southern California for a while. That being the case, I decided to make the most of my last free morning in LA. Of course, I went back to the beach. In case you haven’t guessed by now, I really love the Hermosa/Redondo/Manhattan Beach area of LA. I changed it up a little from my normal run at the strand, though. I started with breakfast at a little cafe right by the water.

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The food doesn’t even have to be good to enjoy a place like this. As an aside, I didn’t really have any seafood during my whole LA visit, which is sort of disappointing. Usually I like to find a nice over-priced beachfront restaurant to get some seafood. Oh well, maybe the Angels will pull off a miracle and win three in a row and I’ll be back here next week.

After breakfast, I rented a bike and did a nice 45-minute ride about 3.5 miles up the coast and back. I went all the way to El Segundo. I also walked out to the end of the Hermosa Beach Pier and took these shots.

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And now I’m back here, at Angel Stadium. Before I get into any baseball stuff, I also have a picture from last night’s Ducks game. My friend who works for the Ducks set me up with a pass to the club level restaurant, where I watched the Phillies-Dodgers game, and then these awesome seats for the hockey game.

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Yes, there were a lot of empty seats. The Ducks aren’t drawing so well, which is weird, considering they just won the Stanley Cup a few years ago.

Anyway, baseball. Although I’m somewhat disappointed that my chances for an All-California World Series are done, it looks like I’ll get to see the new Yankee Stadium and ride the train from New York to Philly. I haven’t been on a train in forever, so that could be kinda neat.

There’s still a glimmer of hope for the Angels, though. A 3-1 deficit is not insumountable. The Red Sox overcame one against the Indians just two years ago.

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