My brother-in-law Jeff Campbell and my younger sister Beth took us (my husband Gerry and I, son Johnny’s family and our daughter Janice) on a hike around the backbay of Newport Harbor. Since it was low tide, there was a colorful aviary wildlife with white egrits, blue herons and varieties of hawks feeding in reeds. The wind roared like an elk in rut, but we didn’t see any. We hiked for two hours while enjoying each other’s company. Johnny would have preferred taking us to the Dana Point sea caves, but hiking up and down boulders would have wrecked havoc on Jeff’s knees. The backbay is home to nearly 200 species of birds, including several endangered species.