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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Santa Catalina is the Island of Romance

And everything there is overpriced.

Island living, though, right?  James and I celebrated four years of marriage on May 2, and we got to use the Christmas present James' Dad got for us.  It turns out all of the complications of our escrow being extended worked out for us because we thought we'd be out of California long before we could get to Catalina Island.  But since we're still here, we decided it was prudent to utilize our gift certificate for the Old Turner Inn.  We booked our stay, and headed off on our ferry!

Nautical stripes are everywhere!

We're off!

Chris Farley's younger brother was on the boat.
He has curly hair, but the same schtick

Calm waters the whole way


We checked in right away - the inn is walking distance from the pier where we arrived.  We got there a lot more quickly than if we had waited for a cab.  Once there, our innkeeper, Kathleen, upgraded us to a larger room at no charge - so awesome!  We also met the other couple that was staying there on Friday night, Brad & Jen.  They were super sweet, and gave us a good dinner recommendation for Saturday.

I tackled the puzzle that was out on the table

She's got a hot pizza from Antonio's!

Kiddos splashing in the ocean

James, conquering a tree stump

I found a lovely sun hat - and I needed it -
it was over 90 on Friday!

This man was trying to hang himself with a snake
(not really)

Pay phones?  What?

We walked all around the main parts of town, getting our bearings, and after a rest, went for an evening walk.  We checked out the exterior of the Casino (which, incidentally isn't a casino - it's a museum & theater) and the Descanso Beach Resort.

The next morning, we woke up for a delicious home made breakfast, including a fluffy egg bake with salsa and sour cream, yogurt & home made granola, bacon, and fresh fruit.  We chatted with Brad & Jen about snorkeling, and their dinner at M the night before.  It was a little overcast when we set out for the Botanical Gardens and Wrigley Memorial.  But it cleared up by the time we got up the hill.

James spotted a ton of Western Tussock Moth
fuzzy caterpillars that were hatching!!

Wrigley (as in the chewing gum) Memorial

Hi 6 month belly!
Pretty brass doors, too

We're going nowhere

Buffness

Oh, hello again 6 month preggo belly.

A short hike up from the memorial

We happened upon some information while checking out the activities of Catalina Island on Cinco de Mayo weekend - that the Annual Rugby Festival was going on that Saturday!  Teams of men, 40 years old and over, play 3 matches, and all the proceeds go to the The Wellness Community/South Bay.  It was fun to watch.  JB and I checked out the basics of rugby online before we left the mainland, so we could have a rough idea of game play.

Sweet socks & a scrum in the background

Players rucking

Helmet heads

We lunched on fish & chips at the end of the long pier
after walking down the hill...

James rented a golf cart and picked me up from the inn

We drove up Wrigley Ave and looked out onto Avalon

Cheese!

Down by the water

Pictures of the art deco frescos of the Casino

Lovely chandeliers and archways

Out in front of the Casino

That night we went to M for dinner, a hot spot that's usually only open to locals, unless it's a special occasion.  Luckily for us, it was Cinco de Mayo weekend, so they had an especial menu of gourmet Mexican fare.  It was also our special dinner - we got dressed up (but failed to take any pictures!  Oh well...)  James ordered the top round chimichanga, and I got the baja shrimp tacos.  So tasty!!  We had churros for dessert, and they were lovely!  The cold front started moving in, so we headed straight home after we ate.

That morning, Kathleen made us baked eggs with parmesean cheese, croissants, breakfast sausage, and set out poppy seed muffins, fruit preserves, and home made granola.  I had granola and milk, with fresh strawberries - delicious!  After packing up, we were about to head out to the pier to line up for our departure, but I decided to play some piano with the little girl whose family stayed at the B&B on Saturday night.  She had just started taking piano lessons on Thursday, and I taught her how to play chopsticks.  It was fun!  I miss having a piano at home...

She caught on so quickly!

All weekend long, James and I had a lovely time away, but I have to admit we found ourselves missing Bubbas.  One of us would turn to the other and say some random thing that Miles says to us all the time, like:
"Slowly, slowly, verrrrry slowly, creeps the garden snail..."
 Only it would sound more like:
"Syyowly syyowly, vehey syylowly... da arr snay-yul..."
Miles was off having fun with Tita Michelle, Uncle Phil, Sophia, Phillip, Nona, Austin, and Tito Matthew.  When we dropped him off at Michelle's Friday morning, he was playing with legos, and didn't even look up to say good bye!  And when we got there on Sunday, he kept running away from me!  He loves his 'Zhoveeia' (Sophia).  It was the perfect weekend getaway, and it was great to come home to our boy.

"Don't worry about me Momma, I'm a tough guy."

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE the floppy hat and baby bump!!! I can't wait to go to Catalina this summer - you just upped the ante! <3

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