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Monday, January 31, 2011

Huntington Beach, CA (Jan 1st - 5th), 2011

We ventured towards Huntington Beach to camp near the ocean since that is where Kelsey wanted to be. Plus the fact an Pro-Am Surf Competition was going to take place that weekend. It was more Am than Pro's. We didn't know that until we got there. We set up camp at Sunset Vista which was just a city parking lot converted into an campground  during the off-season right on the ocean.  We had electric and water hookups but we paid a price.  You could just not beat the view.  We celebrated Darlene's birthday at BJ's Brewery and received a nice $48 parking ticket.  Can you imagine feeding the meters on a Saturday night?  Well it was dark and little misty, they were not labeled so Mike put a couple of quarters in the meter not knowing how long we really had.  The downtown Huntington Beach area was nice but you had to park somewhere.  Our first day it rained and was cloudy.  The second day it was a little cool so we went to an area mall and saw the movie, The Little Fockers and then we walked the pier to have dinner at Ruby's Diner at the end of the pier.It's an Great burger,soda, and floats 50's 60's era kind of place.  The 3rd day was a nice sunny day  and down the beach about a mile or so we saw they actually had a dog beach. So of course we had to walk Buddy down to play in the sand and the waves and chase the other dogs.  He was in dog heaven again for sure. You can't beat the city's beach paved walk which is great for just about anything that you can imagine. So I had to bike on it to Newport Beach one sunny afternoon. That was an nice ride while the ladies walked along the beach, but the water was still cool in the 50's. That didn't stop the surfers out there in wetsuits. I caught up with them and had an late lunch at Zack's on the beach where you  can eat, take surf lessons or rent just about anything or shop the little gift store. On Wednesday, Kelsey had to fly out from the airport nearby and we had to depart the campground.  We decided to head further south along the Pacific Highway to San Diego where we had hoped it would be a little bit warmer.  P.S.  I filled out a claim form to dispute the parking ticket because we were celebrating my birthday and they did waive it for me, so it didn't hurt to try. That was Nice!!!

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