Thursday, August 18, 2011

California Dreamin'

We (Mom, Mom's bf, brother, boyfriend, and mom's 2 dancing friends)
just sailed ourselves to Catalina (mom's bf did most of the actual sailing) in a
beautiful 36' rented sailboat called Day Dreams.
We stayed on the boat 3 nights in Avalon's harbor and sailed back the fourth day.
It was a lot of fun and I took a few pictures for you guys. :)

Mermaids are flippin' awesome (haha pun),
so I took a picture of this bench that was outside somebody's house.

It was Rafferty's birthday while we were there, so we all bought candy
and kicked our feet over the ocean sand while we ate it.
I also won $1.25 playing poker with quarters, yay!


We hiked all the way up to the Chimes Tower that rings every quarter hour
if you're where you can hear it. Rafferty tried to hitchike all the way down the mountain,
but nobody else thought he was cute enough to pick up. The Chimes Tower is pretty cool
and the view from up there is magnificent, but it's all fenced off with a super-tall fence
and there were a lot of golf carts going by so we didn't hop it.

Speaking of golf carts... (and Herbies!)...
(This pic is worth enlarging for the hot rod gold cart on the lower left.)

This is the gorgeous view with which we were rewarded just before we reached the Chimes Tower.
Be jealous.

Yay, a cute kiss picture...
I love my boyfriend, even (especially) when he looks silly. :)

Big Olaf's does the best ice cream whatsits on the island, but they don't have a cool sign like this.

I almost wish my boyfriend were my brother because then I would have the two
most awesome brothers ever... but then he wouldn't be my boyfriend, and that would be bad.
I do think they look like they could be brothers, though... and the same blue eyes. :)

Since my mom's a doctor, she can't wear nail polish at work, so she almost never paints her nails
(or lets me paint them for her). Since she was on vacation for four whole days, though,
she requested a special design in celebration of our trip to Catalina. This is what I came up with:

Avalon is famous for its beautiful tile. This is in front of the restrooms
in the heart of town (by minigolf and tourist information).

And this is by the restrooms on the pier where the ferry docks.

 Some more tile...

Even more tile...

Me and Rafferty, on the boat, the day before his birthday.

On the way home, we spotted a message in a bottle floating in the ocean and stopped to pick it up (which is not a task for the faint of heart, or those who cannot swim!). In it was a pencil, some sea glass, and a letter from a young girl!

We read it, took note of her email address so we could contact her, sharpened the pencil, and put everything back in the bottle and threw it back for someone else to find and enjoy as much as we did!

When we got back to the harbour on this side of the ocean, John had to ride up the mast and get a piece of pirate flag that had torn off when we took it down. I was ever-so-slightly jealous. :)

Ciao, bellas!


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