Pam’s birthday we went to Catalina. Neither of us have been to the island and I have to say it was amazing. Imagine a beach community that is stuck in the 50s. No new developments via real estate, streets are clean, food is good, views breathtaking, things to do abundant, and a general overall feeling of happiness. That is Catalina in a nutshell.
We went to the Casino (not in the gambling sense, but in the old italian term sense). In the building was an old theatre decked out with an organ that we were fortunate enough to hear being played before the movie we went to see. Here is the exterior of the Casino:
The highlight of the trip was of course being able to have time with Pam, but the 2nd highlight was getting the top score for a football throwing game in the arcade. My legacy will stand on that island.
We also made it over to the island museum which had an exhibit on photos of the beatles and eric clapton as photographed by Pattie Boyd.
We made it up to the Wrigley Botanical Gardens too. For those of you who don’t know, Catalina island was once owned by William Wrigley Jr, who also owned Wrigley’s Gum and the Chicago Cubs.
We didn’t get a chance to see the bison on the island, but since it was really easy to get there (1 hour north to Dana Point, hop on boat, 1 hour 20 min boat ride) we’ll most likely go back again.