Monday, August 1, 2011

On being a tourist

When you live in a tourist town for a very long time, you tend not to do what the tourists do. In other words, we usually avoid crowds, and head for the hills in summertime. It just so happens that our home is 1000 ft. above the crowds.

So, when guests from out of town come to stay, guess where they want to go? Yup, right smack in the middle of the sea of humanity. And guess what they want to do? Yup, everything that the tourists do.

Let me tell you, I did not think that I would like it one itty bitty bit, but do you want to guess what else?
It was fun. Did you hear me? It was really fun!

We browsed the crafty art at the Sawdust Festival where my sister-in-law bought a cool amber ring from Greg Thorne. We stand up paddled, (ahem) in the ocean, among the amazing kelp beds, renting our gear from Stand Up Paddle Co. on Oak St. and PCH. We actually walked the boardwalk at Main Beach, an activity that I would usually avoid like the plague.

Photo by: Syrahgirl
And we spent an afternoon on Balboa Island and Newport Beach. I haven't been there in years.

A lot of years. With my new, now working camera in hand, we traipsed around Balboa and rode the ferry over to Newport pier, pointing at the gulls and flotsam and jetsam, just like every other tourist in the vicinity.

Balboa Island is a very nautical themed place, as you can imagine. Surrounded by water, and sporting every kind of boat, from huge yachts for the uber wealthy, to sweet little dinghies tied to a pier and sabots navigated by kids, you really get the sense of how much these folks love their boats.

I know, I'm pretty artsy with my new camera.

Looking south from Newport Pier toward The Wedge.

Yea, so the tourists are definitely onto something here. They know where all the hot spots are, they know where the fun is, and they surely know how to have fun. I guess if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, right? Naw, never mind, I'm heading back up the hill.


  1. I'm loving your photos!! Cheeky lady!

    I'm glad you had fun being a tourist. It is fun to sometimes pretend you don't live in a place, and do what the tourists would do.

  2. i love your pics! and i am so glad you had fun!

    i normally try to avoid the tourist stuff, but you are making me MAKING ME want to try these places! soon. i have to print this post as a reminder!

  3. I love the pix of Balboa!! Makes me want to be there right NOW!!

  4. Wow, those pics are really, really great! I love that little boy with boat and the arcade ride. Um, so being that I live in Austin, TX and we're in the middle of the worst drought in recorded history! and it's 104 degrees out...I would SO be a tourist there or anywhere near y'all. Sigh.

  5. great photos! i actually love walking the boardwalk among all the tourists! you hear all sorts of different languages and it's so fun to people watch! balboa looked fun, too!