Friday, September 6, 2013

Catalina: Casino

Trip Summary:

  • B, C and I drove down to San Pedro this time (as opposed to using the Queen Mary port again), arriving 5 minutes before our expected departure time. We were able to call in the tickets the morning of, but didn't get our preferred arrival and departure times. It didn't matter though; our timing ended up being perfect.
  • On the boat ride over to Catalina, we met X who was traveling by herself and who decided to join us for the next 9 hours.
  • After getting lost in the hills, we had a long, hot lunch at an okay Italian place right on the beach.
  • We didn't realize how time-sensitive everything on the island was, and found out that we had missed nearly all available tour times. After speaking with a Chambers of Commerce rep, we managed to find a cheaper tour of the interior of the island that included "free" champagne. Our 2.5-hour itinerary included passing by Escondido, the airport, an aviary, a stable, and scenic views.
  • When we got back to Avalon, we each had ice cream and headed toward one of the beaches pointed out by our tour guide. 
  • Since there were no more available tours of the Casino, we instead asked permission to enter and take pictures and rest.
  • Afterward, we resumed our trek to the beach and somehow stumbled upon a family of deer that were very friendly to humans and who (I think) expected us to feed them. 
  • Before heading to dinner, we explored the little shops/streets of Avalon.
  • B, C, X, and I took the last boat ride back to San Pedro thus ending our adventure.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Catalina: Petting a Donkey

Continuing with yesterday's theme, I'm posting another animal shot: a donkey that walked up to us. We didn't have any food (which I think it was expecting), but we were able to pet it anyway. There was a horse in the stall next door that we also petted, but that was a little more demanding of snacks and soon got bored with us. I have no idea if we were trespassing on someone's property or what, but it was a memorable experience nonetheless.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Catalina: Close Up of a Deer

Oh, boy! I'm definitely backlogged. I'll do my best to catch up now that summer is "officially" over. One of these posts will be a Catalina trip summary. For now, here's a cute deer that was curious as to what my lens was. What was funny was that I actually thought the deer was much further away than it actually was. It wasn't until all my friends started yelling at me to back up that I realized my camera should have a warning that "objects may be closer than they appear." haha.