|What a great group!|
|Resolution: Work on Food Photography! Step 1: Picture before starting to eat!|
I walked back to the house and, after a bit of rest-and-digest, I went for a 5K run. I discovered that SMS and I had over-estimated the distances to the first and second piers, which was very disappointing. We thought the first pier was a 3-mile out and back but it's really just 2.5 miles. Whah! So, I ran a little past the first pier and turned around. I knew I had a long run that weekend with J so I wanted to take it easy.
Then, it was off to the airport to pick up SMS. We ate at home and a little later that evening, our friends arrived! We had poke for dinner from Santa Monica Seafood. It was excellent.
The next day, J and I went out for a 10-mile run. Eeek. I hadn't run more than 5 in awhile but I hung in there. We ran 9:00 mile pace, which wasn't too bad. We definitely weren't trying to push the pace so really, it was nice that 9:00 felt easy(ish).
We went to the beach and had so much fun. The weather was unseasonably warm all weekend so we were able to go in the ocean every day. Even SMS tolerated it. We rode waves and had the best time. We got a little bit of sun but we had two umbrellas from the house so I was (mostly) good about sun exposure. No inadvertent burns this time, yeah!
|There's a Duffy Boat in the background. Sorry, pics are limited from this excursion!|
|Sunset at the marina|
|Auto Ferry entrance|
For dinner, we had boardwalk food after riding the Newport Pier ferris wheel. It's very small but moves at a slightly disconcerting clip so I'm glad we went on it.
|Ok, this pic is before eating but it still doesn't look all that appetizing...|
The next day was more beach time and family obligation time. We went to EAT Chow for brunch, which was another breakfast winner. I got the breakfast enchiladas, one with tomatillo sauce and one with mole. Delicious! Afterwards, SMS and I went to visit each of his grandfathers while J and family went to Irvine to visit cousins. We watched the debate that night and then headed off to bed.
|Bingo! This looks better...right?|