Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fying SFO-SAN, (cont) Orange County

We leave Los Angeles and fly over Orange County, CA. Orange County is both a
great place to visit as well as a great place to live. The top photo shows the more
Northern part of the County and the busy "Orange Crush Interchange" where
I-5 intersects with CA's 22 and 57. Follow I-5 (north), to the left of the photo
and you see part of Disneyland, the happiest place on earth.
Located in Anaheim, there are many things
to see and do here.:

Just above the intersection you can see Angels Stadium,
home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, another LA area baseball team
and a contender the past few years.
Although, they have not been able to beat my beloved Red Sox in the playoffs!

Two major shopping areas are located in Anaheim, The Block at Orange as well
as the Mainplace Mall. and Visiting Anaheim:

The second photo shows Costa Mesa and Santa Ana in Central Orange County.
John Wayne Airport, (SNA) is located just Northeast of the coast, (shown in the lower right corner of photo). Normal take-off takes us over the affluent communities of Irvine and Newport Beach, and such SNA is a strict slot-controlled airport with a limited amount of landing/take-off slots. It also has strict noise abatement procedures. Normal take-offs consist of a powerful pitch-up followed by (as we reach the lower corner of the photo), powering back the engines as we glide over the coast until we are well over the water.
In the lower left hand corner is the ritzy South Coast Plaza, serving the affluent consumers of the "OC". .

The third and bottom photos look out over Newport Beach and Irvine. Irvine is home to many Fortune 500 companies as well as the home of UC-Irvine
University. . Irvine was also rated by money magazine as one of the top 100 places to live in the US. Newport Beach is a wealthy community of million + $ beach residences. In the center of the harbor, (in the third photo), is the beach surfing enclave of Balboa Island.
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