Posted by: harleyhawk43 | December 7, 2016

Newport Beach CA and Newport Dunes RV Park.


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We arrived in Newport Beach CA on Tuesday, November 15, after leaving Brant Rock/Marshfield MA on November 1. We spent 5 days in Apache Junction AZ with our friends Captain Canada and Debbie Dewdrops, had a trailer repair done on November 14, spent the night of the 14th at BLM (Bureau of Land Management) land near Joshua Tree N.P. and then completed the trip on the 15th.

This is approximately a 3,000 mile trip, which we have now done 13 times in the last 6 1/2 years (2 trips per year, one out and one back). Essentially we drive from the Atlantic to the Pacific and back each year. Why do we do this? Several reasons-

  1. We don’t want to spend any more Winters in New England. We were tired of the cold, snowy, gloomy weather. We did enjoy skiing, but you can’t go skiing every day.
  2. We wanted to be somewhere year round where we could be outside most of the time, bicycle riding, kayaking, motorcycle riding and hiking.
  3. My family is on the East Coast and Red Fox’s family is on the West Coast

We tried Florida for the first 3 years and then travelling out to Arizona and California in the Spring, but then went straight out here the next 4 years. This year we treated ourselves to Southern California instead of the much less expensive Arizona desert area. We had paid off our truck loan and travel trailer loan and so decided to treat ourselves this year.

Here are some pictures of the Newport Dunes RV Campground, which is located near Balboa Island.

As you can see it is beautiful here, but pricey. I won’t shock you with the price, but you can google Newport Dunes to get details. From here we can take several bicycle trails, one inland, along a stream bed and one along the ocean. The first one is accessible right next to the campground and for most of its length there is no auto traffic. There are many branch paths off of it and so there is good variety for ride choices.

Getting to the ocean path is a little harder. We have to cross a major highway (Pacific Coast Highway), then ride through Balboa Island and then take the ferry over to the Newport Beach area. Below you will see pictures of both and one video clip of the inland route.

Balboa Island Bridge and view of downtown main street.


Leaving the campground

Entering the bike path

Along the path, next to the bay

The Balboa Ferry

The Wedge

Campfire Time

So there you have it, a quick primer of this area. Stay tuned for further adventures, as we plan a motorcycle trip to the desert to visit our friends at Imperial Dam. Meanwhile, visit the link below for last minute Christmas presents either on our travel adventures or to check out our Irish Sea Mossing books and videos.

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  1. Wonderful to hear from you buddy, You and Karen looked like you landed in a great spot. Hey, I though BLM stood for Black Lives Matter. Ha ha. Hope you guys have a great Christmas. Keep those blogs coming. Tommy and Betty Ann

    On Dec 7, 2016 10:19 PM, “Hawk and Karen’s Blog” wrote:

    > harleyhawk43 posted: ” Advertisement, blog continues under ad. Go to > or to > “Hawk’s Books” on Facebook, for details on ordering our 2 books on our > travels, “Hawk and Red Fox-Modern Day Gypsies”, Volumes ” >

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