Yesterday I blogged about going on a harbor cruise in Newport Bay and I'm finishing my description of our trip today. During the second half of the cruise, we got to see a LOT of different types of boats, everything from rowboats to ocean-worthy ships so I'm going to share a few of the more interesting ones we saw. But first, the 'cruise ship' that took us all around the harbor.
The next one is a truly gorgeous boat - this picture cannot begin to capture it but maybe you can get a little idea of how beautiful it is.
This is Duke's Point, which shows the location of the house John Wayne lived in - the original house was torn down and replaced with this estate, which is owned by the couple who owns the Four Seasons Hotel. Their boat wasn't there but rumor has it that it cost more than John Wayne's house and land!
We got to see a couple of Tall Ships, which are not commonly seen here - very impressive!
Here's another view - aren't these stunning?
We also cruised by a place that used to be a restaurant called The Stuffed Shirt, which was later changed to Cano's - I had been to both many years ago and had wondered what happened to the property. Now, apparently, it's a super-high-end women's clothing store.
We got to see the yacht that was owned by John Wayne, The Wild Goose - it's pretty elaborate and I've actually seen him [or what I thought was him] on the boat many years ago.
Remember a television show called The Six Million Dollar Man? [well, if you're old enough] - at the time, that was such an incredible sum, nobody could imagine spending that much on anything. But here is the TWENTY-SIX million dollar boat. Hmmm, a little out of my price range!
Here's a picture of 'the other end' of the harbor where another channel leads to a bay called Back Bay. What a beautiful day we had!
My son kept trying to avoid the camera but I caught him this time. To be fair to him, I should explain that he didn't know we were going on this cruise and came straight from preparing a painting job so he didn't really want me taking a picture of him looking like 'a homeless person'
My sister was also trying to avoid the camera but I 'made' her sit still for a minute while I grabbed this one.
This one is owned by Richard Branson, owner of Virgin Airlines and a well-known adventurer. It's equipped to handle a one-person submarine capable of going as far as 7 miles under the surface - the crane in the middle is used to lift it into and out of the water, although the sub wasn't there when we went by - amazing setup!
We went through the section of the harbor where there are a lot of 'live-aboards' - that is, people who live in their boats full-time - it costs $20k for mooring and they need water and sewage service but other than that [and the cost of the boat, of course] it's a relatively low-cost way to enjoy living next to the incredible opulence and wealth of Newport Bay.
I thought this was pretty interesting - it's a converted tug boat that is now a private vessel.
We cruised by the sea lions again - such amazing creatures! It's actually somewhat of a problem in the bay because they will literally 'take over' a boat if it sits low enough in the water - so you'll see lots of chicken wire, construction netting, lattice fencing and other 'sea lion protection' schemes. You can see why here and if you were close enough, you would get a WHIFF of another disadvantage of these guys - stinky!
Keep in mind that each one of these guys is at least 800-1000 lbs so it probably won't be long before these boats sink to the floor of the harbor!
So after bugging my son and sister for pictures, they took a couple of Tom and me
And a nice tourist from Utah took this picture of the 4 of us
Can you tell we had a fantastic time? Wish you could have been there, too!