We walked around Long Beach, it is a very touristy town with lots of shops selling souvenirs, arcade games. We saw a family with 7 girls all dressed in bright green dresses. we went to the Free Museum where Jake the Alligator man is located. He is an alleged half-man, half-alligator on display in apparently mummified condition. He was acquired by the Marshs for $750 in 1967 from an antique store. His image was used by the Weekly World News on November 9, 1993 for front-page article, "Half-human, half-alligator discovered in Florida swamp." The periodical subsequently reported on his escape from captivity, killing of a Miami man, and giving birth.
Jake has acquired a cult following in Northwestern popular culture. Bumper stickers featuring the oddity can be commonly seen throughout Washington and Oregon. We visited the World Kite Museum which will be center stage during the week of Aug 19th during the 33rd annual International Kite Festival. This is the only kite museum in the United States. They have over 1500 kites on display during various exhibits. We saw kites used during World War II for target practice, those used for delivering mail as well as exhibits of Indonesian and Bird kites.