Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I Left My Heart in California

What a fabulous week we had in California!
We got up early and headed to Blackie Beach for some surfing lessons and fun in the sea!  This was my son's second time surfing...he had tried earlier in the week and was stung by a stingray!  Just so you know, if your ever zapped by a stingray, apply warm water and take Benadryl right away...a few hours of rest and your good as new!
 My little one spent the day playing in the sand and scouring the rocks for crabs...there were plenty to be found!  The little crabs look like spiders climbing everywhere...they gave me the heebie jeebies!

 My little surfer girl...always happy this whole trip and ready to try anything!

 My surfer boy was a natural...jumping up on the board and riding wave after wave!

My daughter flew out and met us for a beachie weekend.  My niece and her adorable baby were so much fun to see at the sea!  Her husband was the patient surfing instructor...he grew up here and has surfed since he was a kid...

and then there was the island....which is where I fell in love...I could retire here someday... 

We drove our car onto the ferry and headed across the kids LOVED this so much we went back and forth several times! 

the houses were dreamy...beautiful beach homes with the harbor on one side and the beach on the other... 
 all dressed up for the 4th of July! 
 Decked out with brightly colored much to do and explore on this little island...I've made a list of what I want to do when I go back!
Ruby's Diner is always fun...the restaurant sits at the end of the pier on the ocean...what you can't see is the 30 - 40 dolphins leaping out of the water as we had our lunch...what an amazing thing to see! 
 One must have Dad's original frozen bananas...and so we did...along with mango sorbet, Balboa Bars and surfboard sugar cookies!
Lots of fun shopping in this town, brightly painted benches and fun beachy pillows are sitting outside the shops...lots of darling shops here... 

It was a dream vacation to be sure and I cannot wait to go back!  More pictures to come when I get a minute!  Still unpacking!


  1. It looks like you had lots of fun. Now I want to go to California! :)

  2. that looks like so much fun. i love the beach.

  3. I'm thoroughly jealous and so glad you had a wonderful time.

  4. Loved looking at your beach pics. Our son lives in Carlsbad.(saw that pic, too) LOVE it there! Where is 'Blackie Beach'? Never heard of it. So glad you all had so much fun in California.

  5. I know what you mean. I love that island too. It's like home to me, even though I've never lived there. There is a cute little beachy shop called even sisters you need to go in. There used to be a baby boutique called "Teddy Bears and Teacups" but they went under. I LOVE me a good frozen banana and Balboa bar. I'm so glad you had fun! You deserve a great vacation!


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