Balboa Island + Newport Beach

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Sorry I’ve been MIA for the last week. Since announcing my move back east I’ve been trying to check a lot off my to-do list. Moving is such a big undertaking. I’ll do a post talking about the most economical way to move in the future. I also owe you a post all about my northern road trip from LA to Portland and back. The trip was beautiful and we did it on a very tight budget. I swear all of this is coming soon.

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In addition to moving, I’ve been trying to enjoy my last few weeks in LA. One place I’d been curious about seeing is Balboa Island, Newport Beach area. They talked about it a lot on Arrested Development. My friend Jamie and I made the trek down and it was the perfect day. It was 75 degrees, and sunny with a light breeze. We walked a full loop of the island, stopped in some cute shops on the main drag and enjoyed a yummy lunch before heading to Newport Beach. We walked the pier and boardwalk before sitting down and watching the sunset. It was such a gorgeous beach day.

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GIBBONS!

This past weekend my sister and I jumped in the car and ran up to Santa Clarita to spend our Saturday morning at…

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The Gibbon Conservation Center! They’re open from 9:30 – 1pm (the website says they’re only open until noon, but the sign at the facility says 1pm).

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When you arrive they give you a laminated sheet with info about each gibbon on one side. The back side shows a map of the enclosures and feeding times.

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The above photo gives you a good taste of how the enclosures are kept. They have shade and sunlight. There are plenty of branches and toys to play with as well as little igloos for privacy. There are metal benches everywhere for viewing pleasure.

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This back edge of the property is where tools and even other gibbons are kept.

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Feeding time!

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So human like.

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How cute are mama and baby above? They are my second favorite gibbons. My favorite gibbon is…

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Goliath! He’s barely a year old and super adorable.

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😛

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He played with a blanket in his enclosure.

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Here’s Goliath’s mom above.

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Just hangin’ out.

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This lady came up and posed for me! She heard my feet against the gravel as I walked up and came running and slid onto the ground. So human-like.

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I made the above clip to show you how they jump around. Some are docile and others are all over the place. They seem to really enjoy people watching as much as we enjoy watching them. Some seemed to put on a show.

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They don’t just jump around, some walk.

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Watching them eat was fun. They have a very healthy diet. This gibbon was just fed fruits and veggies. The cost of their groceries must be extensive, so I highly recommend visiting the gibbons, paying the $10 admission fee and even donate more if you can. It’s warm out there and it’s not inclosed so bring sun screen and a hat. It’s also all gravel, so wear sneakers or walking will be uncomfortable. If you stick it out until feeding times, you’ll get to hear their special gibbon “singing”.

Tune In Tomorrow For…

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GIBBONS! I just finished editing my Gibbon photos from my weekend visit to The Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, CA. I can’t wait to tell you about this amazing place and it’s adorable Gibbons. Here’s a teaser of my favorite Gibbon, Goliath. He’s a toddler.