Posted by: harleyhawk43 | December 31, 2016

Balboa Island Christmas Boat Parade


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On Saturday, December 17, we decided to go to the Christmas Boat Parade at Balboa Island and Balboa Peninsula. A map is posted below so you can see the location, but basically it is right in a bay near the Pacific and separated by a peninsula from the ocean. They are both in the Newport Beach/Orange County area, south of Los Angeles and north of San Diego.

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Balboa Island is a simply delightful place with seaside cottages that were built back in the 1940s. Here is what Wikipedia has to say about B.I.-

Balboa Island is an area of Newport Beach, California, actually comprising three modified or artificial islands in Newport Harbor: Balboa Island (33°36′23″N 117°53′40″W), the largest; the smaller Little Balboa Island (33°36′23″N 117°53′16″W) to the east of Balboa Island, joined by a two-lane bridge; and the smallest Collins Isle (33°36′31″N 117°54′1″W) to the northwest of Balboa Island, joined by a one-lane bridge. The Balboa Island community is joined to the mainland by a short two-lane bridge on the northeast of Balboa Island, and a privately operated fleet of three, three-car ferryboats (Balboa Island Ferry) which provide access across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula which lies to the south.”

For a full history, go to this link and read the fascinating history-    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balboa_Island,_Newport_Beach

One final tidbit, again from Wikipedia-

“Balboa Island is one of the most expensive real estate markets in North America outside of Lower Manhattan. A two-bedroom house with a water view from the living room can cost about $3 million.”

Since B.I. is only a short bicycle ride from our campground at Newport Dunes, and since it is so unique and its houses so beautiful, we go there frequently to bicycle and walk. During one of our walks there we learned about the Christmas boat parade and made plans to go on one of the 5 nights it was running. Friday night it poured but the weather cleared on Saturday and off we went. As you will see from the attached video clips and pictures, it was a fabulous parade.

 

Those are the best pictures. We were there over 2 hours and the boats just kept on coming, endlessly. We finally left and had to take the ferry back from the peninsula to the island and then ride our bicycles over the bridge and home. The ferry ride, which took us directly across the channel, perpendicular to the parade route, was like a scene from the Normandy Landing. The video clips should give you a good idea of this crazy ferry ride!

 

 

Christmas at Newport Dunes   

Arriving back at the Wolfpack, after the boat parade, we were treated to the Christmas lights on our lagoon and the decorations we had put up next to the trailer and on our Harleys.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day at Huntington Beach  

Christmas Eve Day we watched the Patriots/Jets game at Red Fox’s son Patrick’s house   and then returned on Christmas Day. He and his wife Kim’s house is only 5 miles away. We got up early, drove over again and watched Karen’s 2 grandsons open their presents. Then we hung out the rest of the day for the usual feasting and cocktails.

During the day I called my extended family back in Marshfield and spoke to them all. Another wonderful Christmas and now looking forward to a new year. Happy New Year!

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