This summer was one of the best summers I've had in quite a long time. I highly enjoyed spending time with my nieces and nephews and with my best friends. The highlight of my summer was covering events for my friend's blog www.livingmividaloca.com. I was able to experience some cool events with my loved ones. It was also a special time because I had time off from work and school so I had plenty of down time to spend at places like the beach.
I would like to share a couple of outings that you might want to take note of so you can experience next year with your loved ones. These outings were my favorite this summer and I hope you enjoyed some of these outings yourself.
1. The Beach
I practically lived at the beach this summer. The beach we frequently visited was Newport Beach. The best time to go would be during the day on weekdays. There was hardly any traffic and plenty of beach parking. We also went to Balboa Beach on the weekends since parking on weekends was scarce at Newport Beach. I enjoyed taking walks at the beach and tanning while the kids enjoyed playing in the water. I had plenty of magazines, my tanning lotion and music on my Iphone to enjoy. I even took my laptop one day and wrote a blog! The kids enjoyed playing on the Boogie Board and building sand castles. A couple of times we went to the beach without the kids and enjoyed a couple of drinks at Baja Sharkeez. Next year, I hope to be able to frequent Huntington Beach. They have a really nice downtown area and I would like to visit some of the restaurants there.
2. The Orange County Fair
I went to the Orange County Fair twice this summer. The first time I went with my single friends and the second time with the kiddos. The Orange County fair caters to families and singles with the array of activities available to all. My favorite place to have a drink is Hussong's Cantina located by the rides at the fair. They serve cocktails, beers and shots for the most daring drinker. The drinks are also reasonably priced with margaritas starting at $8. The Orange County Fair has rides, delicious food, farm animals and much more. Every year I get my teeth whitened at the fair for $40 and it's a great deal since it will cost you at least $99 at a dentist office. Next year, I will probably visit the fair again at least once. It's always a lot of fun!
3. Whale Watching
This summer I went with my best friend to look for blue whales and dolphins with the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific. It was so much fun and we had a chance to learn about the endangered Vaquita Whales that currently vacate the Pacific Ocean. We also had lunch and at first saw plenty of common dolphins. We asked our captain how far we went out to sea and he said we went out 10-12 miles. We saw two blue whales and caught the tail of one of them before it took a deep dive. It was great. Next year, I hope to go whale watching again.
This summer was full of fun outings and events and I had a blast! Next year, I hope to attend two destination weddings during the month of July. I will attend my cousin's wedding in Cancun and my friend's wedding in San Diego. I hope you can start planning your summer 2016 with some fun outings such as those mentioned above.