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Eyes over O’Neill Park

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O’Neill Park is one of my favorite places in the world! It’s a large park, pretty long and narrow extending past where I grew up. It’s 4,000 acres of chaparral beauty, and few chances of running into civilization.

As a kid, we’d catch frogs in the creek, and as an older person, I like to hike through it! If you’re really in for a workout, try climbing to the top of Saddleback Mountain! If you don’t feel like hiking to the top of Saddleback, then hopefully these drone images will satisfy your desire for an aerial view of the park!

But real talk, nothing beats the in-person, super-high view you get from the top of Saddleback. The drone’s image is merely the penultimate view of the park.

What’s behind Tesoro?

If you’ve ever been to Tesoro High School, you’ve probably always heard rumors of the cow-tipping that renegade students did in the wee hours of the morning. Behind the cement school, there is open space — and a lot of it. In my four years though, I, like most students, never made it back there, because that land was inaccessible.

But now, the drone cam can show off what is hidden by trees or not possible to see otherwise. By standing in the public Tesoro field, you can see the great beyond!

Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 8.47.58 PMAnd for those of you who just care to see the high school and want another shot similar to what I showed yesterday, here’s YET ANOTHER drone shot, this time of the Tesoro baseball fields! Pretty, right?Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 8.47.49 PM


High school throwback (of the future)

I wasn’t flying a drone in my high school days. But these days, I can fly a drone over my high school.Screen shot 2013-07-18 at 10.25.35 PM

The photo below is of Tesoro High School in Las Flores, Ca, where I attended for four years. The high school is down in the canyon, in the middle of nowhere. Ask any Tesoro student, and they’ll probably share with you all about fighting for that last parking space at the top of the hill, the 6:40 a.m. Zero Period start time, tutorials, and our awesome football team. If you don’t have a local Tesoro student to chat with, hopefully this photo helps capture part of the campus. Take note of the rolling hills in the background, the stellar pool, and our mascot painting on the building (he sort of resembles Santa Claus, no?).

From the Back Bay

Upper Newport Bay is quickly becoming one of my favorite places in Orange County (and not just for drone flying). The Back Bay Loop Trail is 10.5 miles and runs from the Newport Bay through Irvine and up into Weir Canyon. If you don’t have a drone, you can still enjoy the bay by running or biking – or by looking at my photo below.Screen shot 2013-07-07 at 12.07.35 PM

This photo was taken at a lookout point just off one of the main road’s Jamboree. The foreground is the bay, the right side is the road, and in the back are lots of Irvine office buildings.