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Saturday, September 16, 2006

Summer Vacation - Catalina Island (part 2)

Why is it that some posts are easier to put together than others? I’ve been doing this blog thing for a little more than 6 months now, and I’ve almost always had some kind of trouble posting pictures. Either I was not successful at all, or it took what seemed to be an eternity to post the pictures on my blog. Well this time there were no delays whatsoever. In record time I scanned a half a dozen pictures, and uploaded them to my blog without one single delay. Why can’t it always be this easy? My time is soooooo precious. I would enjoy this blog hobby so much more if I were able to post my hideous pictures this quickly every time. Ok, shut up now you idiot. Start talking about this post.

As I’m sure you recall, I was sharing our summer vacation in a series of weekend trips. I left off in the middle of a 3-day, 2-night trip that Laura and I took to Catalina Island. Here is a beautiful house overlooking Avalon Harbor. All of the houses in this area are so appealing to me. If I ever won the lottery, I would love to buy one of these hillside houses overlooking the harbor.

At the top of the picture is the Wrigley House. The Wrigley family once owned the island. You might be familiar with the Wrigley brand of chewing gum – same family. Those of you who have heard of the Chicago Cubs – frequent and recent winners of the World Series (ha!) – might recall that the Wrigley family owned the team, and many years ago they use to hold spring training on the island.

Here's a picture I took of the pier and the casino from the south side of the harbor. This is nearby where passengers go back and forth from the mainland and is one of the first things they see when visiting the island.

Laura and I came here to Catalina last fall and went to a wonderful party at the casino. It was part of the farewell tour for radio station Fabulous 690. We had such a good time. We really enjoy that type of music. It's such a shame that station went off the air.

Besides playing golf in Catalina, Laura and I enjoyed other activities on our vacation. One of the things we did was take a ride on a submarine, which allowed us to see fish and plants underwater. It was so neat. Here’s a picture of the submarine.

Here’s a picture I took during the submarine ride. These sea creatures are called fish. The submarine didn’t really dive under water. The portholes inside the boat were below water level, allowing the passengers to look outside at all the sea life. It was exactly like the submarine ride at Disneyland (for those of you lucky enough to have been able to enjoy it before it was sunk – I mean removed as an attraction). Click here if you want to see what the submarine ride at Disneyland was all about.

On our way back to the mainland, Laura and I saw this beautiful tall sailing ship. The whole way home we reflected back on the fun we had. We played golf together (for the first time), we ate out at two different restaurants - without being distracted by our kids, we enjoyed a wonderful evening of Karaoke at this great bar, we went souvenir shopping together, and we even laid out on the beach. We had such a good time on our well-deserved vacation, we agreed to do it again next summer.


  • At September 17, 2006 8:19 PM, Blogger Diane said…

    I haven't been to Catalina in 30 years . . . thanks for reminding me why I need to get back over there soon!

  • At September 18, 2006 12:41 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    Diane - it really was fun.

  • At September 23, 2006 12:10 PM, Blogger Diane said…

    good comment re plague songs on bean's blog today!

  • At September 23, 2006 7:53 PM, Blogger Mayren said…

    I've recently looked into the Isle de Catalina myself for my 2nd wedding anniversary coming up in a month or so. We didn't want to settle for less than the best but the best does put a krimp into the budget. We were considering the Vista Del Mar for thier intriguing OceanView Suite with a double jacuzzi....
    I'd love a few pointers on what not to do while going to Catalina if you have a moment.

  • At September 23, 2006 9:33 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    Mayren – I’m not sure I can suggest something that will be helpful as far as what “not” to do. There isn’t anything I’ve done that I had a bad experience with. I’ve been to Catalina many times, and have taken tours of the island, casino, and harbor. I’ve gone hiking, shopping, and just walking around Avalon.

    If you’re planning on going soon, I wouldn’t wait too long to book a hotel room. You might not have too many affordable choices.

    Whatever you decide, I hope you enjoy your anniversary.

  • At September 23, 2006 9:38 PM, Blogger D.O.M. Dan said…

    Diane - Thanks! Lately I haven't commented on Bean's Blog as often as I used to.


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