Thursday, February 26, 2009

Newport Beach

The highlight of my trip was on Saturday. We started the day taking a walk in Jeane's neighborhood. I love walks!! Nothing excites me more than the beauty of nature. Just being somewhere in the dead of winter and seeing color was such a treat. For months at a time all Midwesterner's see is grey and white. I just had to take a picture of this beautiful flower. I don't even know what kind it is, but it's just a gorgeous pink puffball.
Jeane is so blessed.
This is her view as she walks the hills near her home. You can't make it out very well, but in the distance the mountains are all covered in snow.
Later in the day we had the treat of visiting her step mom Deanne in Newport Beach. She lives right in the harbor and the picture above is the view from her!

Here we are standing in her living room with this giant sliding window that overlooks the harbor. She just keeps it open. The weather was so comfortable that you didn't even need to close it. I could soooo get used to that.
Deanne took us on a Duffy boat ride all through the Newport Beach area. She was an excellent tour guide giving us the story on who lives where etc... The house above used to belong to Nick Cage.

Later that night we went for drinks in the City of Orange at a restaurant called Orange Hill. The picture above fails to show you the absolutely gorgeous view behind us. You can see forever and it was all lit up. It was breathtaking. We drank our "special" coffee out by a firepit and just took in the view. It was definitely a memory making moment. Then we went to Javier's Mexican restaurant for dinner. It was a great way to end a wonderful week. Thank you so much Tammy and Jeane for showing us such a good time!!

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