There is a rapture on the lonely shore;
There is society, where none intrudes.
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more...

-Lord Byron

Definition of Walkabout :

a short period of wandering as an occasional interruption of regular work
Showing posts with label Catalina Island. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Catalina Island. Show all posts

31 July 2016

East End Adventures

One has a few options to see Catalina from the interior :

*hike the trails
*bike the trails
*go with East End Adventures in a military style Hummer
Our guide and driver was a Lewis Black type personality (I'm still not entirely convinced it wasn't the comedian) that kept us informed and entertained as we traversed the steep inclines of the Santa Catalina mountains.
We spotted small foxes, deer, and buffalo, and could faintly see the outline and water spouts of gray whales in the Pacific. 
The history of the Island is just as captivating as its landscape, with stories of World War Two and this islands worry about being overtaken by Japanese forces to more modern tales of conservation and seismic earthquake and tsunami monitoring that take place here.
From the top of a hill with a 360 degree view, it's hard to fathom anything other that the peaceful surrounding and the salty ocean breeze.

22 July 2016

Seeing Avalon from Le Golf Cart

Currently there is a fourteen year waiting list to get a car in the city of Avalon. That may seem crazy to some, but for the golf cart industry, the environment, and Catalina Island itself, that waiting period could easily be longer.
This is the preferred mode of transportation, and I'm ready to follow the map and explore Avalon for the next few hours.

I climb the hills to scenic harbor views.
I twist and turn through the narrow streets, weaving past the rich and famous as well as a park full of backpacking enthusiasts. Families out for a morning stroll, tourists taking the obligatory selfie with their loved ones.
Eucalyptus trees fill my senses as I make my way on a cloudy day through the small island town.
 No Pressure.

13 July 2016

Catalina

An hour after leaving the dock in San Pedro, the boat pulls into the Avalon harbor. Tourists pull their luggage along the sidewalk towards the sleepy town. I watch the boats bob up and down with the gentle waves as they reach the shores of Catalina Island.
Island life puts everything into slow motion ; thoughts, actions, movements. I hear that Marilyn Monroe worked in the candy shop on Main Street when she was sixteen.
The history of Hollywood's riches are found in the homes on the Island's hills and the yachts in the harbor.
It's a quiet place, safe to walk and full of charm.
 I make the most of my day here with a few adventures, but let's start with a general overview filled with walks along the beach and stunning west end scenery.

14 June 2016

Pebbly Beach

Afternoon is rounding it's final turn before evening begins. Past the boat docks and throngs of tourists you can follow the sea wall a few clicks and find yourself at Pebbly beach.

The stones here will play a symphony of ocean sounds as the waves cascade over the smooth pebbles. People are snorkeling the clear waters, chasing the bright orange fish that can be seen from the shoreline.

The ocean spray snaps my conscience.
I watch a submarine cruise along the coastline, a child brave the waters as she holds her father's hand tightly. A young tattooed woman playfully shows me her tanned back as she re-positions her self and turns the page in her novel.

The sun feels good on my pale skin.