Manhattan Beach

Today’s been rainy and cold, but that’s all the more reason to dwell on this weekend’s trip to the beach! My little brother lives much closer to the water than we do, and we went out to spend the day with him on Saturday. Manhattan Beach is, hands down, one of the nicest places we’ve been to in the LA area. Good taste, little brother!

We started off with lunch at The Kettle, which is kind of an institution around here. I approved of their giant sign. They have really awesome muffins, which I happily grazed on, alongside my veggie sandwich. I don’t know if I have ever seen so much avocado in one sandwich before. Props.

After we were all thoroughly stuffed, we walked down the hill to the ocean. The weather was just perfect, warm and breezy. Blue skies and blooming succulents as far as the eye could see.

The water was blue and clear, and some brave souls were out surfing. My hermano dipped his toes into the water, but I think maybe Ocean Beach has scarred me for life, and I’ll likely stick to the Atlantic from now on for swimming!

The pier at Manhattan Beach is so different from the one at Santa Monica. Much calmer and quieter, definitely less touristy. And, in direct violation of that aesthetic, here’s a totally touristy shot of me and my hermano. Please note that he is, like, twice as tall as me, and also that he is wearing a Bluth’s Frozen Banana t-shirt. Yesss! On the back it says, of course, “Mr. Manager.” I am so happy that my family loves Arrested Development as much as I do. Otherwise I’d be off by myself in the corner, laughing myself silly. Thankfully, instead of that sad scenario, my family makes it a game to creep up behind each other and whisper into each others’ ears things like, “You just made a fool of yourself in front of T-Bone” and “Leather Daddy? There is such a thing?” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and dedicate the next three days of your life to watching this glorious show. You can thank me later.

One of the best things about the pier at Manhattan Beach is that there’s an aquarium at the end of it! Ever since Eric and I went to see the tidepools at Half Moon Bay last year, I have been obsessed with pretty starfishes and sea anemone. We definitely got our fill here.

I made friends with this eel. He looked like he needed a friend.

And, of course, there were lots of pretty starfishes.

We also took a stroll through town, where we saw so many lovely things. I love how all of the shops are independent instead of chains. I’d definitely love to come back and spend a weekend exploring. There’s a great bike path along the beach too, so maybe we could ride in for some ice cream.

Eric and my brother laughed when they saw this sign, but I guess shoes and chocolate is as a good a combination as any?

We ended the afternoon with a walk down the Strand, a wide walkway studded with gorgeous beach-front homes. The kind of homes it’s immensely fun to imagine you live in.  Especially when you can see their hot tubs and fancy grills.

My hermano found an abandoned balloon and adopted it. I am so glad he’s my hermano.

Eventually we headed back inland, completely windblown and possibly slightly sunburned, but also happy and grateful for such a beautiful Saturday. Manhattan Beach, we’ll be seeing you again soon!

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