First Catalina Trip - Dana Point to Avalon Harbor
On Thursday, we decided that we could make it over to Avalon and back
before the storm came in, so after much discussion and breakfast,
we left around 10:30 a.m. Once again, the
seas were calm and almost glassy all the way as we motored the
35 miles or so to Catalina. On the way we saw quite a few dolphin,
perhaps 50 or so in one school with several swimming upto and
under the boat. Click
to see a movie of some of the dolphins we saw!
We pulled into the Avalon Harbor around 3:00 where we hooked up
with the Harbor Patrol and they assigned us a mooring. We had
never hooked up to a mooring before, but it was fairly easy, and
soon we were safely esconced in a snug spot. There were very
few boats there by comparison with what we've heard about the
summer crowds, so we were pleased with the calm and peace about
the place. We got the dinghy ready and went into shore and
had a really nice dinner of stuffed Swordfish in a restaurant
overlooking the harbor and Mandala.
We spent most of the day on the island. We took the dinghy ashore to the
Casino and checked it out, then motored across the harbor to the other side
got out and rented one of the golf carts for a quick tour
of the roads surrounding the town. After some lunch, we took a ride on
the Nautilus, a mock-submarine with windows below the water to see the
fish swimming around. A cruise ship had anchored outside the harbor
and shuttled people in to shore, so the town suddenly got busy.
We brought the dinghy back to the boat and had a barb-b-que and
sipped on beers as the beautiful full moon shined over Avalon Harbor.