Friday, November 9, 2012

Balboa Island

Balboa Island

Newport Beach is filled with miles of sandy beaches and has the largest small craft yacht harbor in the United States. The Wedge, located at the end of Balboa Peninsula, is known as one of the toughest bodysurfing spots in the United States. In fact, it was said to have ruined the football career of a young John Wayne in the 1920s when he sustained a shoulder injury while bodysurfing.  John Wayne is an icon in Orange County. He lived here and harbored his yacht here.  A bronze statue of him greets those arriving at John Wayne Airport. 
The Balboa Fun Zone on Newport Harbor has been a place to get your kicks since 1936.  It is such fun to take the ferry (which only holds two or three cars) over to the Fun Zone. 
Once the ferry landed, we were off to “Balboa Island Treats” to get their famous frozen banana. 
This was enjoyed with *Passion *Fruit Kissettes, a Godiva Salted Caramel Parfait chocolate with lavender buds and a pot of Farmer Zhen’s tea hand carried from his tea farm in Taiwan by a friend.
“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life.  Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday.”
John Wayne


La Tea Dah said...

It looks like a really fun day. I love the John Wayne quote. And that Godiva chocolate with lavender bud? YUMMY!

Marilyn said...

Oh my! And you know I love those frozen bananas in Balboa. They are of what memories are made of. What special adventures to having tea in the outdoors. And salted caramels too - yummmm! Thanks for this post. Now I wonder who brought that lovely tea from Taiwan to you could be?

Karen's Place said...

...still sighing, really enjoy the quotes

samovar said...

WOW, Martha, you certainly lead a very active life! Such fun to follow your adventures!!

Rain said...

What fun!

The Teaist said...

Teapot is making her rounds! :)

Where will she go next?