Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Farewell Tour: Balboa Peninsula, Newport Beach

Today, working down on the Peninsula, I suddenly realized that while I'd photographed some of the boats and the water, I hadn't really photographed the area that was dedicated to tourism down on the Peninsula.  Some of the shops are really struggling, and as winter comes on, they know they'll be facing a lean time.  For some reason, summer is the tourist season there.  

The sale of the Balboa Fun Zone to Discovery Cube is a great opportunity for both the residents and The Cube.  If they can make this a destination, if they can walk that fine line between history/ tradition and a modernized attraction, then can save a lot of businesses, a lot of jobs, and make a lot of money.

Today I've photographed the area as it is, complete with the disappearing and changing buildings, signage, and shops.

Hello from the Farewell Tour

Well, I ran out of photo space pretty quick over at Wordpress, so I added the posts I've done this summer to my Archives Site on Wordpress, and here I am, home on Blogger, where I'm pretty sure I can blog for years without running out of space for my pictures.

The sad part of all this is that I can't automatically post to my Facebook account here, but some things have to be borne.  I also don't have the cool theme options, but what I have will work out fine, I'm sure.

So, the Farewell Tour:  If you've been a member of THIS blog and not THAT blog (the Wordpress version) then you may need some catching up.

Yes, I'm in Los Angeles County, in Long Beach to be specific, and my hopes for Long Beach and the optimism I'd had were pretty much in vain.  I am less than happy here, although my medical needs are finally being met.   I have better options both for my living arrangements and my medical care in Sonoma County (Petaluma)  and am preparing to move there as soon as an apartment becomes available in my target complex.

So at this point, I'm tying up loose ends in LA, seeing the things I want to see before I go.  Recently it was a tour of the museums downtown:  The LaBrea Tar Pits, the LA County Museum of Art, The Museum of Natural History, the Science Museum, and, while I was in Exposition Park, the rose garden.  Shortly before that it was the South Coast Botanical Gardens.  I'll be continuing to post the Farewell Tour, as well as some of my other activities, and likely, now that things have heated up beyond my ability to keep silent, a lot more political ramblings.