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A Whale of a Good Time: in Newport Beach

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Thanks to our daughter and her fiancé we had a wonderful time on our morning whale-watching excursion. Leaving from Balboa Island at 9 AM, I quickly forgot my concerns about the (really) chilly weather and potentially rough seas, when we spotted two grey whales just as we left the harbor.  We followed the whales for quite a while as they headed south on their long journey from Alaska to Mexico. As the marine haze lifted it turned into a beautiful, clear day.

dsc_0242 dsc_0241 dsc_0240  During the 2-hour trip with Newport Coastal Adventures, we zoomed around in a 6-passenger zodiac at 20-30 mph and that was a thrill ride all its own. Another highlight was finding ourselves in the middle of a pod of hundreds dsc_0382of playful common dolphin.

It was a blast. We loved it!

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Xmas Season in Newport Beach, CA: A Mini Photo Essay

Uber Xmas decor on Balboa Island.

Uber Xmas decor on Balboa Island.

One of the sandcastles on Balboa Island.

Sandcastle art on Balboa Island.

Walk along the water on charming Balboa Island, Newport Beach.

You can walk along the water around charming Balboa Island, Newport Beach.

Love these artist palette holiday decorations in Laguna Beach (home of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts)

Love these artist palette holiday decorations in Laguna Beach (home of the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts)

Sunset from "The Deck" in Laguna Beach.

Sunset and chilly temps from “The Deck” in Laguna Beach.