Saturday, July 4, 2015

Catalina's Calling

Avalon's harbor and Catalina Casino from the Inn at Mount Ada.
Santa Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands, (but not included in the Channel Islands National Park), lies 22 miles off the southern California coast. though it is privately owned by the Santa Catalina Island Company, it's accessible by private boat or ferried that leave from Long Beach and Dana Point. 

You can get there, to what locals call the "Interior," by obtaining a hiking permit and trekking the 37-mile (one way, 74 miles round-trip) Trans-Catalina Trail, or by purchasing a ticket to ride on the SafariBus.I should clarify: the island’s two port towns are accessible to the public. The rest of the island is not. Not, at least, without a permit. Read More...

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