Newport Beach Mini Vacation

We took my mom and dad to Newport Beach for a Mini Vacation / long weekend. We stayed at the Marriot Newport Beach, at Fashion Island. We didn’t want to spend a day driving somewhere so we stayed fairly close to home, about an hour drive. They have had quite a busy year and needs some time away. The hotel was pretty nice. The host liked BK’s Brasil jersey and gave BK a whale plushy. He also checked us in early and got our 2 rooms high on the 11th floor and close to each other. Working the check-in is a fine art.

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MM’s birthday is around the corner, so we celebrated at the Cheesecake Factory. Yummy desserts.

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We shopped at Fashion Island. Cool fountains and koi pond.

Since MM was born in the year of the Dragon, my mom and dad gave her a commemorative gold dragon pendant.

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We went to Corona Del Mar Beach. It was busy hot summer day. We lucked out on parking, but the hike down to the beach was a bit much for my dad.

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BK and I hiked around the rocks and played in the water. MM made sure we made a sand castle with the location carved into it.

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The sushi place had a body sensing color changing bench. We saw the Mission Impossible movie. Pretty thrilling movie. The theater was really nice. Large individual seats, with super wide arm rests. Assigned seats.

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We walked out to the Balboa Pier and Funzone.

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We rented a boat and cruised around the harbor. The kids enjoyed driving the boat. We saw a sea lion catch a fish. We saw a jet pack dude fly by. Awesome.

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Newport Beach was as beautiful as my wife.

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On the way home, my mom wanted a chicken dinner at Knott’s Berry Farm. Very nostalgic. We’ve been going for chicken dinners there since I was a tiny tot. My mom’s folks lived in Buena Park for many years and we used to have dinners there a few times every summer with them.

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