Newport Beach & Balboa
Anaheim, California: We had today
free of basketball games. Our original plan was to go to Disneyland with Lisa
and the kids, but their household has come down with the flu. They are
recovering, we have rescheduled and decided Disneyland over Spring Break
probably wasn't the best idea anyway. Dave and I spent the day at the beach -
Newport Beach and Balboa, less than a 30 minute drive from Anaheim.
We parked near the Newport Pier and found a seafood restaurant,
Oyster Bar & Grill, for a late lunch. We chose this restaurant simply
because it was the first one we stumbled upon. It was a teeny little place, but
the food was outstanding and it seemed to be popular with locals.
Dave had a cup of clam chowder and Jorgi's Calamari, sautéed
with tequila, Serrano chiles, cilantro, white wine, lemon juice, tomatoes.
This dish is ordered by "heat units", as in, exactly how much Serrano do
you want with your calamari. On a scale of 1-10, DT ordered "3" and it
was pleasantly lip-numbing. We shared a Caesar Salad and I ordered cod fish
After lunch, we walked out to the end of the pier. Here are photos from our
Newport Beach - and pier
People were fishing for tuna, but were only catching mackerel, which they
use as bait
Surfers trying the waves at Newport Beach
We drove south, about a mile, and parked at the end of Balboa
Pier and repeated our last adventure.
Bird of Paradise in the parking lot
With southern California temperatures and moisture from the
ocean, flowers were outstanding in the parks and gardens around Newport
Beach. Roses were blooming everywhere.
200m ferry ride is $1 for passengers
After walking to the end of the Balboa Pier, we walked a bit
around town, then took the ferry (as a walk-on passenger) to Balboa Island
and spent several hours traipsing around this idyllic isle. Though the
houses seem to be only four feet apart, they are all in fine-form. Most seem
to be available as vacation rentals. People get around on foot, bicycles and
Back in Balboa, we strolled through the
Balboa Fun Zone
(carnival area). I finally found the famed Balboa Beach Bar. No, not a
drinking establishment - this bar is vanilla ice cream, hand-dipped in
chocolate and rolled in nuts.
We didn't get back to our Anaheim hotel until six o'clock.
My pedometer was well over five miles and I did not workout this morning. We
napped and Ubered to a very late dinner at
Roy's near Disneyland. We returned to our hotel bar to meet Mary and
Steve for a nightcap. Their #4, Cory, had arrived with her boyfriend, Gordon
and they spent the day in Disneyland together. Mary had over 20,000 on her
It was a fine day, exploring a new area. Lots of walking for everyone, so I
know we will all sleep well tonight and be in fine form for the Ducks v
Oklahoma game tomorrow afternoon.
Until my next update, I remain, your beachy correspondent.
Sign Up is NOT required! Anyone may comment. Sign
up only if you would like to add an avatar, or if you wish to be emailed when someone responds to your comment.
(Sign-up will take you to my safe and secure comment server, Pnyxe.)