Upper Newport Beach Bay Ecological Reserve + The Crack Shack

February 22, 2018

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Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop
Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop

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Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop
Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop

Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve LoopUpper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop

Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop
Upper Newport Back Bay Ecological Reserve Loop

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The Crack Shack Costa Mesa
The Crack Shack Costa Mesa

The Crack Shack Costa MesaIt’s been a while since we’ve been out exploring as a family.  We’ve been busy with the usual kids activities. Little man has baseball and Big sis has theater, a few after school clubs, and the never ending soccer season.  Finally last Monday our schedules opened up. It was a holiday so we all had the day off and the Hubs and I were throwing some plans around, like a visit to San Juan Capistrano Mission,  the Los Angeles Zoo,  but a hike at Upper Newport Beach Bay Ecological Reserve won out.

A short half hour drive and we were there (thank you holiday traffic), it also cost us nothing.  In my opinion it’s the best way to start of an adventure . We spent a good hour or so strolling the well paved dirt path. The sun was out and the kids loved watching the ducks in the water and all the dogs that crossed our path. This was our first time here, and it’s amazing what you find in your own backyard when you just do a little research.  The highlight was spotting a Snowy Egret just chilling off in the distant. These are the moments I live for , when we let the kids be free to explore, get their boots dirty, and just simply be kids.

We continued our adventure into nearby Costa Mesa for a lunch stop at The Crack Shack.  A casual dining establishment by famed Top Chef alum Richard Blais. The spicy chicken sandwich is to die for and the fries are really something special.  Although not our first time here, this place has really become a family favorite. A restaurant that everyone in this family loves is a winner in my books.  Probably not the healthiest meal,  but once in a while you got to live a little.

After lunch we were glad to be on our way home because the weather had quickly turned on us. It was freezing, like in the mid 50s, which is cold for us warm weather folks. The wind was also blasting away, knocking down palm berries onto our car as we drove off. Later around dinnertime it started raining and hailing. I have to admit it was kind of cool, we don’t get weather like this often in Southern California, but in small doses it’s a really wonderful thing. This end of day show put on by mother nature was like the cherry on top of a sweet day.

 

SEE/DO

Upper Newport Beach Bay Ecological Reserve

EAT/DRINK

 The Crack Shack // Costa Mesa

 

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