Our sojourn in Newport Beach was a wonderful three month stay. Eric was able to use his firm’s Irvine office to wrap up his legal practice. We both enjoyed being a short drive from our daughter Jean in Irvine, sailing to Catalina Island, being part of the harbor scene on a variety of moorings, taking long beach walks, and watching the seasons change from Halloween, to Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The season’s changes were not marked by weather, which remained sunny and warm, but by the changing decorations on Balboa Island. We ended our Newport Beach stay with both of our daughters sailing with us south to Dana Point to begin our move to San Diego.
This entrepreneur would regularly drive past Elizabeth Jean. The ski doo forces water through the boots of the customer, allowing her to levitate above the water surface (don’t try this at home ;-)).
Our mooring area also served as the race area for one the local yacht club’s racing program. They start young in the area. Two locals are contending for the U.S. Olympic sailing team.
Our visit to Catalina Island coincided unexpectedly with Buccaneers weekend. We didn’t get the memo and were one of the few boats in the harbor without a pirate flag burgee.
This huge catamaran, rumored to belong to Richard Branson, was a fixture in our mooring field. Oh well, there goes the neighborhood.
Halloween decorations on Balboa Island
Christmas decorations on Balboa Island
A short distance from our mooring field was this great bike path. Out of view to Eulalie’s left is the Pacific Ocean.
The beach view’s were glorious, regardless the time of day.