AN AFTERNOON IN CATALINA
It was forecasted to rain on this Saturday (but starting at noon) so we got in our long hike as quickly as we could. Here’s a not-30-Seconds video technically, because it’s too long. But I hope it gives a sense of the atmosphere of Catalina.

(WATCH IN HD PLZ!)

Apologies for delays, this week at work has been…well, pretty stressful.

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Here’s a little map to show you where Catalina Island is. I’m not sure if it’s a popular place outside of Los Angeles, but it’s just a small island accessible by boat in a day for Angelenos.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
You can fly to Catalina in a helicopter! But we took the Catalina Express boat.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Kiley, Hanna, and I arrived at the Long Beach port at 5:30 am. Which was…a bit brutal honestly.

Catalina Island, March 2015
It took about 30 minutes to get everybody on board and ready to go, but I have a feeling during peak months it’s different.

Catalina Island, March 2015
So blue! No sun yet. It was also pretty cold while the boat was docked…so it was…well, really cold when wind and ocean water was blowing at your face.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Let’s go!

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
The sky was finally waking up a bit.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Passing the Queen Mary!

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Hanna warming up with some quality boat coffee

Catalina Island, March 2015
Cargo boats waiting to dock, perhaps.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Sunrise! So glorious.

Catalina Island, March 2015
The ride only takes about an hour.

Catalina Island, March 2015
And suddenly you’re on this little island! This part of the island is Avalon, but you can take a boat to Two Harbors as well. This side is the touristy resorty kind of side.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Still chilly! At this point it’s only like 7:30.

Catalina Island, March 2015
First thing I noticed? The rad trash cans.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Seal and Hanna

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
The houses were stacked up the sides of the mountains

Catalina Island, March 2015
Our sweet pink hotel!

Catalina Island, March 2015
For one night (split amongst 3) was approx $175. And that’s off peak season! Should try to camp next time.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Cute little buggy out front. On Catalina it’s very difficult to own a car, so everybody drives around golf carts.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
We dropped our things off in the luggage room at the hotel, and then headed off on our hike! We were determined to beat the rain.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Dog and falcon getting along on this golf cart.

Catalina Island, March 2015
The island was so quiet at this hour. We felt like maybe it was the start of a B horror film.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Starting the hike near the Botanical Gardens

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
It was a 4.4 mile hike (or something along those lines), which is pretty intense for sad no-exercise Sarah.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Gorgeous views of the ocean and port city the whole hike.

Catalina Island, March 2015
But it was uphill and pretty hard at times. Also, if it was actually warm and sunny it would have been so much harder!

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Little wildflowers starting to bloom.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Picturing taking at every vista

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
The very top! Or at the least the designated “lookout point”. Apparently there are foxes around!

Catalina Island, March 2015
Ladies!

Catalina Island, March 2015
The way back down was so much easier.

Catalina Island, March 2015
A view of the OTHER side of the island! More ocean! Waaah!

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Finally able to talk and walk and laugh.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
At the bottom of the trail you enter the Wrigley Memorial and the Botanical Gardens.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Apparently made with local island materials

Catalina Island, March 2015
For the most part, I guess!

Catalina Island, March 2015
*Selfie*
(Seems like they are facing the wrong way though, right?)

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Goodbye, Memorial!

Catalina Island, March 2015
Back down into town.

Catalina Island, March 2015
Catalina Island, March 2015
Looking around the beach front and the pier.

Catalina Island, March 2015
And to our room, finally! Having a little wine and getting ready to go snorkeling.

You’ll see more of the rest of the weekend in weekly photos! (Everything else is iPhone photos, I was scared of rain)

Much love friends!

Posted by:sarahwaldo

By day I'm a content producer at an arts org in Los Angeles, by night I am the overly apologetic brain and face of sleepywaldo.blog

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