Saturday, February 22, 2014

Day Trip - Crescent Bay and Balboa Island

Middle School Basketball is currently running our lives. So, on a rare day with no sports commitment, I packed up the kids and headed north. 

We exited the 5 at Dana Point and took the scenic route along the famed Pacific Coast Highway.

First top, Crescent Bay.

Seal Rock sits 120 yards out into the ocean and you can hear the critters from land.

It reminds me so much of Haunama Bay in Hawaii. Crystal clear water....not totally common for SoCal.

We'll be returning to snorkel in preparation for summer vacation.

Arrived later, after a picnic lunch, in Newport Beach. Parked along Marine Avenue and headed to the water.

I could walk this darling area for days.

Took the ferry over and enjoyed the island!

This was our first visit to the island since vacation in 2006. Lots of memories! Carter was only 5 on that trip and Jack, 5 months.

Littles each got $3 worth of tokens to spend at the arcade. Jack proved me wrong AGAIN and won something from the crane game.

Grabbed a bucket of fries and sodas and headed to the sand.

And, I was reminded for the 4,399th time why I love life in California. Amazing.

Funny Carter, 13 years old, posted this pic with age restrictions, on instagram with the caption, "Childhood. Over."

So funny.

Ferry ride back.....time to go!

Part of the reason for this trip was so that I could research for THIS article on

Best. Job. Ever.

Blake is finally back in town after 2+ weeks in Tennessee for work. Nice to have him home!

Basketball is wrapping up and we're preparing for Caroline's Spring Break visit. Santa Monica, Disneyland and more!


Jodee said...

Oh my word! What a fun day trip! You must go back soon! The water looks amazing!

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Tutus and Choo-Choos said...

Seeing how nice the weather is there makes me really long for spring and summer.

Dee Stephens said...

I love your coastal life!

Anonymous said...

Wow -- so beautiful there! And we had snow this morning! :(

starnes family said...

The weather is fabulous, girls. No argument there. But, rain for days now....which is totally nuts for us!

Emmy said...

Okay that looks beyond wonderful! I have been to some of the beaches near San Diego but I have never sent that cove, the water there is stunning!! Poor Carter all grown up :)