As a graduation gift my amazing dad sent Jason and me to California. The time that passed between him offering the trip and us stepping on the plane happened incredibly fast, so much so that we really didn’t have time to anticipate the trip. When we first arrived in California we didn’t really know what to do, so we ended up driving to Seal Beach.
We visited Seal Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach while we were in California (I’ve been to several other beaches on past trips to California) and I have to say I liked Seal Beach the most. It was very quiet. The weather was also probably the best for visiting the beach on that day. I always have these grand images of me reading on the beach and frolicking around in the ocean when I plan a trip to California. Those things generally don’t happen. It’s too sunny to read and I get sand in my book, and I mostly just wade out into the water and come back. This trip was no different, but I did wear a swimsuit in public without the slightest hesitation for the first time… ever? And that is something to be proud of.
The best thing we did at a beach in the couple of short days we had in the Orange County area was rent beach cruisers at Huntington Beach. We got them from a place called Wheel Fun Rentals, which has locations all over the United States. It was $10 per bike for a one hour rental, which seemed to be what all the bike rental places on the beach were doing. The staff was very friendly and got us in and out quickly. The only problem we had was Jason’s bike seat didn’t lock in place properly, and occasionally the seat moved. We never told them about it and I’m sure if we went back they would have given us a different bike.
Jason and I rode 10 miles in about 45 minutes and the trail goes all along the beach. You could easily ride a lot farther if you took out the bike for a four hour rental, but we were happy with that amount of riding. It’s a beautiful ride with wonderful views, but there were quite a few people out biking and running.