The knots are untied for a special day trip to the Catalina Island, a little island across the coast of Orange County in California….. though it had been raining that morning….
……but getting closer to the harbor of Avalon, the sun came out in all it’s beauty. Well the reason why this was so special is that the day of your birthday the Catalina Express Boat Company offers a free roundtrip from Dana Point to Avalon, about 1 1/2 hours sailing away.
Welcomed by this friendly fellow…..
I am ready for a stroll through the town of Avalon and a hike up to Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens.
Since Southern California is facing this incredible drought , unfortunately there was almost nothing to see of the blooming in the Botanical garden
The Wrigley Monument is dedicated to William Wrigley Jr. who bought interest in the Catalina Island earlier of this century. In 1892 William Wrigley began to produce chewing gum, derived from Baking Powder and than started the World famous Wrigley Chewing Gum Company. After his passing in 1932 in Phoenix, Arizona, his sarcophagus is located in this
Along up all the stairs, they are filled with decorative beautiful tiles, I can only guess that they belong to the ” Art Nouveau Area.
An abandoned photo booth with a woodpecker’s graffiti…
Something I had noticed right away, when I strolled through Avalon town, there are almost no cars, except handy man’s , plumbers etc. otherwise everybody is cruising through town with those carts.
Down to the harbor of Avalon the famous Theatre of Avalon, unfortunately it was closed as I got there, I got some shots of the exterior, which is well dated back to Nouveau Art Décor.
I got really lucky, the tourist season hasn’t started yet….
Finally time for a late lunch at the waterfront with an incredible view
A smooth “sail” back home to the harbor Dana Point
I have never seen such a clear water in the ocean, since I have been to the Greek islands.
Well we all shall sail on in our daily life in clearity….