Thus, I set off for the Orange Country Great Park, the as yet unfinished park in Irvine, CA that resides where decommissioned Marine Corps Air Station El Toro used to be. When Great Park is completed, it will the be the largest municipal park in Orange County and will be larger than New York's Central Park, San Francisco's Golden Gate Park and San Diego's Balboa Park.
Though unfinished, Great Park drew me because of the free tethered hot air balloon ride that it offers. Let me repeat that--Great Park offers FREE hot air balloon rides.
|hot air balloon in distance|
Alas, I was very disappointed. I should have called the visitor center prior to my visit to find out how early I needed to be there to ensure a ride, so it was my fault that I drove all the way to Irvine just to be thwarted.
|I should have been up there.|
shaved ice truck. This hit the spot big time:
|coconut & melona flavor with snow cap, ice cream, and red beans!|
|Rancho A Go Go menu|
P.S. I didn't win anything on any of my Superbowl pools.