I think it's fair to say that my 23rd birthday was one of my best yet. My entire birthday weekend in California was filled with many epic adventures, but my friends went out of their way to make my actual birthday on Friday extra special. To kick off our celebrations, we packed a gourmet picnic and brought it to the beautiful Newport Beach. Our scrumptious snacks included caprese salad, prosciutto and salami, crackers & hummus, creamy brie, strawberries, blueberries, and yes - macarons!!
As if the sunshine, glistening ocean & good company weren't enough, we spotted a momma and baby dolphin incredibly close to shore as we were indulging on our delicious snacks. They were jumping up through the waves, spinning and splashing as if they were also having the best day ever. If you didn't know already, dolphins are my favorite animal and my spirit animal. The other beach-goers probably thought I was crazy, because I just about died of happiness when I realized my spirit animal was saying "happy birthday" to me. Don't mind me, I'm just your average Seattleite who's not accustomed to real beaches and freaks out in the presence of typical marine life.
Dolphin-induced fits of joy aside, we had the most marvelous afternoon at the beach. Our charming OC picnic was the perfect start to the rest of our weekend's adventures!