Have you ever been to Balboa Island? We hadn't.
Each time we visit California, we always try and do something, or visit something new. On previous trips we have visited Huntington Beach, Manhattan Beach, Venice Beach and Santa Monica. We've also visited the Hollywood Bowl, Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood Walk of Fame, and multiple trips to the Happiest Place on Earth. We've attend an Angel's game and even eaten at The Oinkster that was featured on Diners Drive-ins and Dives, and poolside at the Cabana Club Cafe at the Beverly Hills Hilton. We've had a great time on our visits to California.
This trip, we knew most of our time would be spent attending all of the graduation festivities. It was also a holiday weekend, so we figured the beaches would be packed on our free days of Sunday and Monday. After discussing it with the fam, we realized we just couldn't leave California without some type of visit to the beach. Plus, Uncle Kevin made Madison promise she would dip her feet in the ocean for him! T's girlfriend Stephanie is from Irvine, which is incredibly close to Balboa Island. She has spent quite a bit of time at the beach (her Dad also grew up on Balboa Island!), and suggested we spend the day there.
And we are so happy, we did.
Can you say gorgeous?
Check out these houses that are right up against the beach:
Could you imagine living here?
The flowers alone were FABULOUS!
Check out this pier/dock:
Stephanie and her parents met us at the beach with kayaks, paddle boards and the popular Cornhole game!
Madison and I, going out on the paddle board:
Madi and George coming in from a jaunt in the kayaks:
Stephanie's dad also loves to build sand castles, and he is really good at it!
He whipped that bad boy out, in no time!
Stephanie and Tyson got schooled a few times in cornhole! By their dads, and by Madi and George! They were not happy about it!
All in all, we had such an amazing time!
We loved spending time with Stephanie and her family, and appreciate all they did to make our day on Balboa Island, such a huge success!
If you've never been to Balboa Island….
You will love it!
Happy Friday Y'all!