I realized I had forgotten to take pain meds and did not have any on me so went to CVS pharmacy and got a big bottle of Aleve. I wanted to buy some more anyway. I just missed the bus so walked up to the dog beach but not as much activity there today. I then got the bus to the Bolsa Chica Wetlands which are in the north end of Huntington Beach. I found it quite boring to be honest....and my eyes were peeled for snakes - not my favourite critter....so I went back to the bus stop which happened to be on the beach. So I stood and watched the surfers. There is a walking path that goes from that bus stop and just carries on down the highway....I think you could pretty well walk to Laguna Beach on walking paths/sidewalks. Awesome!
I got the bus south and went back to Balboa Island and saw it in the sunshine. Beautiful!!! I love the cottages - some owned and some holiday lets. It is so quaint. I took the ferry over to Balboa beach. By this time it was noon so had a chocolate covered frozen banana - well I have to get fruit in my diet! I found a quiet little area off the main road and it had three delightful sculptures of children - really sweet. I love when you discover things like this that are off the normal beaten track.
I walked along the beach at Balboa (had my sandals in my backpack) and then paddled in the water. I could see the Newport pier in the distance today (didn't even realize there was a Newport pier until I saw it on the map last night) so took a bus down - was too tired to walk today. I am so glad I did as I loved the area. Another beach walk and a walk on the pier....I saw a restaurant nearby called The Crab Cooker that looked intriguing. By this time it was past 3 p.m. and I'd had nothing but the frozen banana since 8 a.m. The menu looked good and as I opened the door a couple came out so I held it open for them and asked if it was good. They said wonderful - you will love it. And love it I did. I ordered a skewer of grilled shrimp and scallops with potato and coleslaw. It came with homemade tartar sauce and a lemon sauce. Oh my my. It was one of those meals you keep saying Oh my god all the way through. Definitely one of the best meals of the trip. It was a very casual restaurant - meals were served on plastic plates, drinks in plastic glasses. All their seafood is fresh and the processing plant is right across the lane from the restaurant. I seem to be making a habit of "lupper" - a combo of lunch and supper. By breakfast I am pretty hungry though!
I then took the bus back to the hotel and headed over to the beach across the way to see the sunset. As I walked onto the beach I happened to look to the side at the beach houses and there was a dog and a cat sitting on a ledge...it was too cute. I asked the owners if I could take a photo - I said "I guess they like looking at the sunset too" The sun slowly set beind Catalina Island - fantastic!!!
Now it's R & R time - the bus service being what it is going out at night is difficult and to be honest after being out in the sun all day I am tired! I think I am off to the Long Beach aquarium tomorrow..hoping for another sunset view tomorrow night but not sure where.
One more day and then it's off to Texas. I am excited to start exploring another new place but sad to leave this beautiful area and my beloved Pacific Ocean.