Boat Car in Seal Beach, California
never know what to expect when sitting at a stoplight in California. You may
see Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz or people riding in a boat. Though youu'd rather
see Brad or Cameron, in this photo we captured the boat car.
A stoplight at the corner of Main
Street and Pacific Coast Highway in Seal Beach, California is an
entertaining place. If you have first space at the stoplight, you can peer
down Main Street to see street banners announcing a special event or you can
catch glimpse of the marquee at the Seal Beach Theatre to find out what
classic films are showing.
As you wait for the light to turn and
the traffic to start up like the Grand Prix race held a few miles away in
downtown Long Beach, youu'll notice beach-goers, families and an assortment
of activity at this bustling intersection that experiences thousands of cars
and vehicles passing through each day.
The busy thoroughfare connects the
coastal cities of Southern California and offers several easy access points
just a stoplight or two from the San Diego Freeway. Both a commuter
road, a local access street and a place frequented by beach-goers, on a busy
summer weekend the traffic can back up for up to 10 minutes, providing ample
time to watch the scenery.
California is all about driving and
the car. It wasn't always that way in Seal Beach, however. There was a
time when the growth of the community depended on the railroad that was
built to attract residents from Los Angeles to this far away place. A Red
Car Museum in Seal Beach commemorates that era with in an authentic car that
ran the rails before the system was destroyed and gas-guzzling vehicles took
over. While sitting at the stop light in Seal Beach on your next visit, turn
toward the beach on Main Street and make your first right at the 4-way stop
to see the Red Car. It's really neat and is open for viewing some Saturdays.
If you really want to immerse yourself
in history and cars, be sure to enjoy Seal Beach's annual Classic Car Show,
usually held in April.