Catalina Island Weekend – Day 2
Day two on the island, began around 9 or so when we left our hotel and headed up for our hike.
The marine layer was in full force this morning as we headed west down our street.
As we passed the golf course we started to see more sky.
And even more blue sky as we took the road up to the gardens en route to the garden to the sky trail.
We briefly looked at the gardens, but there wasn’t much to look at that it’s particularly embarrassing that they charge you to come in.
This cactus looked cool though.
The Wrigley memorial, which we went up after our hike.
Our hike was entirely up the mountain, but fortunately this early we had quite a bit of shade. It didn’t take long to get up and start having nice views of the Avalon and the marine layer.
We still had a ways to go (to the top there.)
Signage as proof that we made it!
The view of the west side of the island.
We made it!
It was cool to see the island from this high and not that bad of a hike.
It’s definitely worth doing — even with the fee to the garden to access the trail.The jog back down was quick and so we still had energy to go up the stairs and see the memorial.
The memorial is neat, but ultimately the space in it is functionless so in the end it’s kinda pointless.
After returning to our hotel and showering it was time for brunch… and bottomless mimosas!
We each had a buffalo burger.
We worked up an appetite after all that hiking.
From there booked ourselves on an island tour that was in this old VW bus.
Our guide was our driver who was a friendly lady with the most peaceful voice.
The tour started with us going up the hills around Avalon, giving us some more views of the town.
We also could see the mainland.
As we approached the airport we had our first buffalo sighting.
He was right next to the road, we didn’t think we’d get such a good view of one.
Then we arrived at the airport and had a little break to stretch our legs.
They talked up the cookies, so we bought one to try. It was good, but overhyped.
The airport had some nice views too.
As well as a tile map of the island that was impossible to get a good shot of without your shadow in the picture.
Right after we left the airport we had our second buffalo sighting, another one near the road.
We journeyed further to the west side of the island.
We saw a Catalina Fox, which are only found on the island. This one hopped away before I could get a good shot.
Then we came upon a gang of 23 buffalo.
We were really lucky to see so many up close.
One was even giving itself a dirt bath, rolling around in the dirt.
We continued on to the winery that they’re looking to have a wine tasting room open up in the next year or so, which might be good to visit.
Then we came to little harbor and shark harbor.
It was really cloudy on this side of the island.
We boarded the bus and continued on.
We saw another buffalo, tis one appeared to be in between the fence.
We also had another Catalina fox sighting, which was much easier to take a photo of.
And another buffalo sighting, giving us a total of 27 buffalo sighted.
We stopped at a mini bird aviary that was home to a golden eagle.
And a bald eagle. The bald eagle was found in Michigan, hit by a truck, and is unable to fly. The golden eagle was brought in as a friend and “brother” until one day the golden eagle was pregnant…
Anyway there wasn’t much left to the tour after that as we headed back on the main road into town…
Closing our tour off with more views of the marina. Our four hour tour was very long, but because of all the animal sightings it was really impressive. The history of the island was also interesting and definitely filled the void on some parts of the trip.
After all that it was time to celebrate with margaritas at Maggie’s Blue Rose Mexican. I got the Quinceanera:
It was like a birthday cake in a cup and I loved it.
Then we ordered way too much Mexican food, I had the lobster tacos, which were okay. But that pretty much stuffed us up so we walked back to the hotel and called it a night.