My sister’s grown daughter Jessie and husband Evan spent a much too brief weekend with us. They parked their kids at grandma and grandpa’s and hopped on a plane. Actually a few planes.
They arrived Thursday evening and left as the Sun rose this morning. It was enough time to realize they weren’t in Milwaukee! It was enough time to realize no child would wake them.
They received the full “Fox Family Experience!”
First, Helaine bakes. She is amazing.
We haven’t been here two years. We already understand how to maximize our guest’s stay. There are ‘must see’ trips that out-of-towners love.
Friday while I worked, Helaine took them to Newport Beach’s Balboa Island where they caught the whale watching boat. The water was smooth. A few whales, plus dozens of dolphins and sea lions were seen. Boom!
We live in a new community. Everything is still shiny. It adds to the aura.
Saturday I took them to Top of the World then Thalia Street Beach in Laguna Beach.
Laguna Beach is a beautiful city with an artsy feel. The city is built into the steep terrain which reaches to the water’s edge. California law guarantees the beach is continuous as far as you can walk, up to the high tide line.
Top of the World, really Alta Laguna Park, looks down upon it all from a few thousand feet. Roads chiseled in canyons run below. Houses perch on every piece of barely buildable land. Incredible views.
We turned north on PCH and drove to Huntington Beach, the actual “Surf City.” This beach attracts everyone! The city revolves around it. Seriously.
There are a few dozen beach volleyball courts on the large sandy beach. A paved ‘boardwalk’ parallels the shore with hordes of walkers, bikers, skaters and skateboarders. A pier, 1850 feet long, hosts fishermen, tchotchke shops and a restaurant, plus great views of the surfers on both sides.
When we weren’t travelling they were vegging. We provide that luxury too.
We took them to the airport this morning at 6:00. They’re back in Milwaukee. Back with the kids. Back in the house. Back to reality.