Monday, August 30, 2010

Day Tripping - Catalina on the Last Day of Summer

School starts tomorrow for Palos Verdes School District...That was one short summer, and if you don't believe me, just ask my son. We went on our annual day trip to Avalon on Catalina Island today, and as always, it was a lovely warm and peaceful day (except for the others during the time they jet skied).
The Casino (never a gambling place) is a the best known Catalina landmark.
The Avlon bay looking from the Casino side. Up on the hill is the Wrigley Mansion, which is now an exclusive B&B and very private property, not allowing any day trippers a peak... which is not surprising since the guests pay a minimum $450 a night.

The little beach at Avalon with our stuff by the palm trees. "Hello, down there." Taken from th road to the old Wrigley Mansion.

8 comments:

Bibi said...

Catalina seems to be one cool place, and I am ashamed to say I never went there while living in California.

EG Wow said...

It still looks like summer to me...though school definitely signals the end. :)

brattcat said...

Very nice shots of Santa Catalina.

Powell River Books said...

I remember going to Catalina when I was in junior high school with a group of girl friends, supervised by one of the mothers. We all got to stay in a room together and it was such fun, a sleep over with boys on he beach. We have an old double-barreled shotgun that came from the Wrigley's. It was given to my grandfather who farmed in Compton back at the turn of the century. It's a piece of history we treasure. - Margy

Keith said...

I've lived in SoCal my whole life and this is a place I've never been. I really need to go.

Cezar and Léia said...

This place is magnificent, thanks for sharing your pictures!
That second is breathtaking!
Léia

TheChieftess said...

Margy...did your grandfather bring the shotgun along when y'all were sleeping on the beach???

Tash...that second shot is fabulous!!! My dad used to go over to Catalina to the Pavilion to hear the big bands play...he loved to dance! My grandmother once told me that after his first date with my mother, he told my grandmother "she's a keen dancer"!!!

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Catalina Island. Just love it....and back to school. Oh yuck