Thursday, August 2, 2018


It's about time to post some more photos from our trip last month to Balboa Island and other beach towns.  We keep planning on going again and were going to go last week but got busy with grandkids who are visiting.  Then we were going to go this week but got busy again with another grandkid.  So maybe next week or so we will take the trip back to the area - about an hour and a half away from where we live.

Hope your summer is free from fires and smoke and heat and floods.

It's been quite nice here over the last few days. 

These are all from the same area - Balboa Island which is in Newport Beach area and up the coast from Laguna Beach and going towards the more northern beaches in LA County.

I think the requirement to live around here is that you have multimillions of dollars to afford it. Some of these places park their yachts right outside their front doors.  In fact, this big yacht sits right in front of the house I talk about below.  So whoever bought that house probably owns this yacht.

A long time ago.... really in the way distant past, a woman I worked for, then was a partner of in a business, and then I decided to raise a family and unpartner myself  way before the business got really successful, ......owned this house right below, but evidently she has moved somewhere else on the island. 

I will probably be putting photos of the whole outside of the house up in the next post - really probably only interesting to myself but i want them on the blog.

As I walked on the walkway to take the photo above this lady was ahead of me and is in most of my pics as I take my walk so I'm leaving a lot of photos out.  I'm sure she wouldn't like to think she was being followed and photographed.

The other part of Balboa is across the bay.

Another view of the old friend of mine,  I saw pics inside when I looked it up on google and well - amazing.  I myself never went there because we lost touch years ago.  I happened to google her name and that's how I found this place.

Sunday, July 22, 2018


We wait until just about the time the sun is setting lower before it disappears over the mountain.  It makes the hills look so pretty.

We are warming up again this coming week so again, we will wait until after 6:00 to go walk. 

We will see the Bend grandkids again tomorrow so I'm looking forward to that.

Saturday, June 30, 2018


In the 90's Mike and I would go at least once a month to Laguna Beach and I think we ate at every Italian Restaurant through the area up to Newport Beach.  It was a very magical place and I remember that's where I first met the "zebra" (which I don't mean to sound mysterious but it's too long of a story for a blog post).  Anyway we only get to this area maybe once every two or three years because it's pretty far from the mountains and So Cal freeway traffic is something you have to plan around and avoid rush hour which is almost all day long any more.  We will be going back in a few weeks.  I'll see more of the area next time.

We are driving along Pacific Coast Hwy - the hwy that follows the coastline and this is the particular area just through Laguna Beach.  We actually didn't park and get out because we wanted to make it up to Balboa Island and we had spent too much time in Dana Point (these names mean nothing probably to anybody except those who live in California.  Laura you will see the old pottery shack area in some of the photos below.

I couldn't believe that my favorite Laguna Nursery is no longer there - After probably twenty years the owner of the business didn't sign a new lease - I read an article where he said that because of the drought in California and especially because of his "artsy" area where he had art imported from other countries that it became more of a tourist stop to just look around (like we did) and less of a garden shop to buy plants.  It wasn't  producing a profit.

We discovered this restaurant in the 90's when it farther away from town between Laguna and Dana Point - ...and use to eat there once in awhile - Best Italian food around.  I'm glad to see it's still there.  Some day we may try it again.

Laura - the old pottery shack is now The new Pottery Place with many little shops however, too much traffic to find parking and go through it.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


I still plan on other beach towns this summer.  Found out that the day trip isn't bad  traffic wise (aside from any unpredictable traffic accidents or road work)....  We made it from the mountains to the so cal beach in less than 2 hours.  Coming home was a breeze and was actually surprised at how traffic flowed until we got about 3o minutes from home and found out that there was freeway work going on which we could have avoided had we checked out the various routes home.

We committed to go to the beach at least every four to six weeks and spending the day at the coast.

Here are just a few pics from the little area in Newport Beach called Balboa Island.  I took lots of photos which I'll eventually post.  We ate at Ciao's in the past a few years back - very good Italian food.  We didn't eat there this time - we actually ended up going to a drive through in Huntington Beach at a Jack in the Box before we got on the freeway. 

Laura next time you visit we should spend the day going up and down the Southern California coasts. 

We use to take the grandkids and they always got an ice cream at Sugar N Spice. 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


I must commit to myself to do better than that.  I've taken so many photos in the last few months that I could stop now and never take another one for the rest of the year and have plenty to post.  We've been out a lot going to different places and enjoying the weather. 

This time of year I'm always taking photos of the 18 (Rim Highway) that we travel on when we go down the mountain.  These plants are called "Spanish Broom" and are considered very invasive in our area.  I've read that back in 2010 they were talking about removing them but so far they still reign in the area during summer.  They put out a nice fragrance as you are driving by them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018


I saw this white blooming tree.  I couldn't get a photo of it so when we left the area we came back by it - in fact Mike made a point of going by it again so I could get my photos.  Going towards the tree on my side of the car the light was too bright so I pointed my camera backwards and didn't know I was getting the red of the fire station door in the pic.  It made the white pop.  Thanks to my resident chef ..I mean Mike.

I wonder who the guy is who is walking.  I hope he didn't mind me taking his pic.

Another white tree below  seen in the backward photo.  This one is a Dogwood.

Coming down Lake Gregory drive to go home I photographed the houses on the opposite side of the hills.  What beautiful weather we have been having.

After i get my "chores" done of which there are hardly any, I hope to go back out in search of white blooming trees.  I love them more than even pink, really pink, rosy pink, and other pink type of blooming trees (except for apple blossoms and magnolia trees).

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