I am now 50 years old. Very bizarre is about all I can say about it. I don't feel 50, and I don't think I look 50 yet, but I got about a half dozen birthday phone calls confirming that, yes, I am definitely now 50!
The part I'm struggling to wrap my head around is that even under the very best of circumstances my life is now half over. How can that possibly be when I still have so many things I want to try, and to do, and so many places still to explore?
I really don't know, but I do know that leading up to the big event I told Mike I wanted to spend my birthday weekend in our trailer at one of my very favorite places here in California - Newport Beach. Newport Beach is the place I'd have elected to buy a home in and retire, had money been no object. But it is, of course, so fortunately Crystal Cove Moro Campground opened last July along one of the most absolutely beautiful stretches of ocean in Newport Beach, allowing Mike and I to enjoy the delights of "living" in Newport Beach whenever we wish.
We spent three nights at the campground, and had a great, great time. We enjoyed kayaking in Newport Harbor, fish chowder at The Crab Cookery, a fabulous 10 mile hike in El Moro Canyon, several walks along the beach, breakfast at Pacific Whey Baking Co, a really special birthday dinner at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion in Fashion Island, and several stunning sunsets. Total cost for the weekend was very reasonable, thanks to how inexpensive RV'ing is in general, plus the strategic usage of a Groupon voucher and a Gift Card.
In addition to the overall weekend RV costs below, I've also included information on the RV meals we ate, including recipes, so if you're interested, be sure to scroll all the way down past the photos.
|Just one of the many stunning sunsets we enjoyed from our campsite.|
|Note the nice maroon Bentley parked behind the also-nice Camaro. This is Newport Beach after all!|
|Our wonderful Crab Cooker lunch. We left only crumbs!|
|Preparing to launch our kayak into picturesque Newport Harbor.|
|This guy was hanging out on the pier waiting for one of the many people fishing to toss him a fish.|
|A favorite local hangout, known primarily for their fantastic shakes, particularly their Date Shake.|
|My Birthday dinner at Roy's Hawaiian Fusion in tony Fashion Island. As my second glass of wine apparently went to my head, I kept exclaiming "I really, really like life in Newport Beach!"|
What we prepared in our RV:
-Trader Joe O's Cereal topped with wheat germ, almonds and strawberries
-Trader Joe Steel Cut Oatmeal topped with wheat germ, apple and cinnamon
-We either ate out, or ate dinner leftovers
-Morningstar veggie burgers with grilled mushrooms, lettuce, onion & tomato
-Grilled potato and onion foil packets (slice both very thin, drizzle with oil, season with garlic powder, salt and pepper, and wrap tightly in foil (I double wrap to prevent burning))
-Smart Hot Dogs with mustard, onions and relish