Day 2 MoTab Tour, 19 June 2018
My good friend Shawna lives in Orange County here in California. Ironically, at the same time I was heading to Orange County with the Choir she was headed on her latest adventure to India. And thus our paths diverged. However, thanks to the marvel of modern technology, she texted me with a hot tip to visit her favorite spot in Newport Beach.
Fun In The Sun
Facebook told me that today was Choir friend Rebecca’s Birthday! So, Mr. Mo and I invited Rebecca and her tour guest Suzie to join us for a Birthday Beach Adventure!
We booked a comfortable LYFT again, and took a 15 minute drive to Crystal Cove State Park. It is a long strech of interconnected coastline and beaches. We were headed to the heart of it all, and tI done at the famous Beachcomber Restaurant.
It did not disappoint! Wow. Sunny weather, combined with shady outdoor dining, while watching the ocean waves roll in on a golden beach… add great friends and AMAZING food (with crazy huge portions)… Ahhh, it just doesn’t get better than this!
The 4 Musketeers. Notice that 3 of us are wearing the same hat? … All purchased at separate Costco strores (of course! haha)
Outdoor dining, with an ocean view!
Exploring Crystal Cove
This beach has it all…
On one end, a soft sandy beach with perfect access for swimming and body surfing.
On the other end, rocky outcroppings with fascinating tide pools!
We saw lots of crabs, anemones, birds and even a large sea snail.
We returned from our lovely morning at Crystal Cove to prepare for our first concert at Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts.
Mr. Mo and all the other Choir guests were on their own for adventuring and dinner while all the Choir and orchestra members were taken by bus to the venue.
Such a gorgeous hall to sing in!
Since this was our first performance of tour our rehearsal and sound check was particularly intense and thorough.
Dinner Is Served
Afterward, we lined up for a buffet dinner (catered by an amazing local Mexican restaurant that did an epic job feeding delicious food to this many people!)
When you’re in MoTab you get used to being in long lines…
It was a great night, and a privilege to sing in such a beautiful hall with such incredible accoustics. Since the Choir is nearly 300 people for this tour we were positioned on 3 levels (orchesta, choir loft and 2nd balcony).
Here’s the photo Mr. Mo took of my side. Can you find me?
The sold-out audience was so warm, and seemed to really appreciate our music. There were 3 encores! 😌
Wednesday night we will perform at Disney Hall in Los Angeles, and on Thursday we must depart our beautiful tropical oasis here and head up the coast for our next grand adventure in San Francisco.
And now it’s way past my bedtime. Thanks for following along! – MoSop