May 2005 / Vol 7 No 5


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We lived on the Balboa Peninsula a few years ago, and we moved to Portland in 1999. I had the privileged of teaching my four year old son to ride his bike on the big, flat blacktop playground behind Newport Elementary school. Even then I was amazed by how great it was to watch him learning to ride with the Pacific at my back, feeling the ocean breeze and seeing our shadows grow long to the east. Afterward, we'd go to Ruby's on the Balboa pier and grab a shake. Those were great times, and to this day he remembers those days on the playground next to the beach.

someone mentioned merle's drive in, my dad used to work there along with his brothers and , i was wondering if anybody has any old photos or memories of merle's , my dad just loves to talk about the place,
dave chapman

I was stationed in California 22 years ago and whenever we wanted to have fun on the beach we always went to Balboa. Now I am in Iraq for my second tour and I enjoy your live web cams. thanks for the memories.

After answering Jack Calawy's question about Wil Wright's Ice Cream Parlor, I thought I would join in the fun! We vacationed almost every summer in the 60's for one week at Ken Nile's Villa Marina which was located across from what is now the Pavilion's Market near the entrance to the Balboa Island Bridge. The "motel" was right next to the Bridge where the Yacht Club and condos now sit. Promontory Point was a hillside of ice plant. Every night, we would walk over to The Island not to have frozen bananas or Balboa Bars, but to get tacos from the taco window at the Jolly Roger or a Mauna Loa sundae at the ice cream window...flaming wafer and all. As a child, I was unaware that Ken Nile's had a classic, art deco bar. I'm, sure my parents knew! What memories! They even filmed a brief TV series at the motel starring Mickey Rooney, the name I can't remember. No, it wasn't "The Baily's of Balboa."
We love the web site and all of the wonderful, thoughtful memories people share.
Tom Dial

Whenever we come down from Utah to the beach, we make our drive over to Balboa Island. Happiness to us is eating a frozen banana and sitting on a wall watching the boats sail by. Nothing is better than this. Fresh air, sunshine and friendly people everywhere. Don't ever change!!!
Chris Justice - Orem, Utah

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Main Street Bistro

Saturdays 3:30 PM -7:00 PM
Kyng Arthur: Authentic Reggae
"Cabo Cantina" 100 Main St

Monday, July 4, 7:45 PM
Fireworks Cruise
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Hi, Jim.
Thanks for the link to our site. In the next couple of months, should everything go smoothly, we'll release a new song which is all about Balboa and has a whole bunch of references to places like Ruby's and the Studio Cafe. By the way, there's a saloon inside the Pavilion, and a great guy named Tyce Griffith used to host karaoke there Friday and Saturday nights. He did it for close to 20 years. What's the name of that place, and does Tyce still do that gig? Let me know, and thanks again
Brian Helsing

Hey Jim,
Thank you so much for the lovely picture of the sun. Summertime is on my desktop even if it is snowing like crazy outside!
Susan Rose- Sandy Utah

Jim, loved the photo of the month. Your photography gets better & better. Way to go man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Shelia aka balboa brat

Thanks for running my question about the ice cream store at the corner of PCH and Dover Dr. Your readers have come through (and have they!). The answer: Wil Wrights.
Thanks again

Hi there, I live 807 east bay ave and was recently informed the my residence was previously a firehouse/detention facility. I would like this confirmed if possible and historical pictures would be wonderful. I look forward to your response. Thank you for your time.

Thank you so much for the website. While vacationing in California from Michigan I spent two Sunday mornings on Balboa Island and Peninsula and loved it. I want to move to the area someday but for now I am constantly looking at the webcams and dreaming
Richard Sherburne

Please do not stop the free printable calendar. We so much enjoy your website, we feel like we are back at Balboa. Looking out my window right now I have 6 inches of snow, its nice to live the memories of vacation live from your website Thank YOU

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