Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Catalina Island, California

We took a catamaran from Long Beach to Catalina Island.

The city of Long Beach, California

The majestic Queen Mary. We visited her back in 1972 and she still looks awesome!

Once out of the harbor, the pilot opened her up!

Approaching the port of Avalon on Catalina Island.

Our catamaran. The trip to the island took about an hour.

The casino. No gambling goes on. It's a huge ballroom and a movie theatre for about 1400 people.

Beautiful homes on the island.

The picturesque town of Avalon.

The mansion the Wrigleys built for their son after purchasing the island in 1919. His granddaughter lives there now.

The mountains of Los Angeles in the distance. On clear days, they can see individual office buildings and sometimes even the Hollywood sign.

Part of the local buffalo herd. They were introduced to the island in 1924 by Cecil B. DeMille when he made the film "The Vanishing American" based on a Zane Grey novel. The herd grew to over 600 so all but 150-200 were shipped to an Indian reservation in South Dakota where they will not be hunted or eaten.

Timo the bald eagle.

More hummingbirds!

The terminal building at the island's only airport. It used to have commercial flights but now it only serves charters.

Our tour bus for the inland tour. It was built in 1953.

A brown sea gull?

That afternoon, we took a semi-submersible tour of the bay. Windows in the underwater section of the boat allowed us to see underwater. Here we're at the pier, waiting to depart.


Bright orange Garibaldis.

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