Santa Catalina Island - Report

Doing some different things this trip.
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Went to Santa Catalina Island with DD, her brother, his wife, and our niece Sophia. A little family trip.
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Went out for a late day boat ride, and saw a pod of about 10 Bottlenose Dolphins but did not get any photos (!?) of the encounter. Sometimes you just observe and enjoy without getting proof. After, we cruised around these California Sea Lions who were sunning themselves on a bouy near the quarry.
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These guys smell really foul when you get downwind of them.
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Like I have probably said a million times before, the nights are magical here.
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"We did not look at the underage market even though I am holding a document in my hand that says we did." –James Morgan, Former president & CEO of Philip Morris

"If children don't like to be in a smoky room, they'll leave." –Charles Harper, R.J. Reynolds Chairman
When asked by a shareholder about infants, who can't leave a smoky room, Harper stated, "At some point, they begin to crawl."

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There was a nice whisp of pink fluff in the periwinkle blue skies.
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And the Pleasure Pier was dancing under a nearly full moon.
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Our two Bald Eagles, sitting together. This is the closest I have seen them.
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This little guy was relaxing on someones boat at White's Landing. He had a fishing hook embedded in his flipper. So alternative. But seriously, fuck fishing.
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Sophia brought up this guy. I spent longer that I reasonalby should have trying to find out what it was, but I couldn't.
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On the way up to the Botanical Gardens, we see some young Mule Deer.
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Always cute and alert.
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From the Wrigley Memorial. It was supposed to be his (William Wrigley Jr.'s) mausoleum, but he didn't end up getting buried there.
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Oh the old days...
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Inside the glorious Casino Theater.
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There's a fake Botticelli in there.
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Avocado Sushi.
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We took a hike up to the summit behind Avalon to see the other side of the island.
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The views were quite nice.
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You can march all along the divide, straddling both sides of the island.
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The coulds were rising up from the Pacific below the mountains on a tuft of wind, and being pushed over the mountain, spilling like  a bowl of soup into Avalon Valley below.
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At the top, we had to "one-up" the past hikers by making our own rock tower just a bit higher than theirs.
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Suck that other hikers.
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The swirly road we walked up was pretty much a wuss hike, but the view was great.
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Dead rat on the way back down the mountain.
Posted August 30th, 2010 by and that is not always bad
Superb, never think that people are bored of this stuff.
Posted By: Craig on August 30th, 2010 at 01:22AM PST
that windy trail looks like fun!
Posted By: Hemlock Drew on August 30th, 2010 at 02:13AM PST
Every time I see someone fishing I yell, "fuck fishing."
Same with hunting.

What the hell is that thing.
Posted By: john on August 30th, 2010 at 09:32AM PST
ever been to white sands new mexico?
Posted By: josiah on August 30th, 2010 at 09:33AM PST
Thats a huge ass rat.....I should know what that jellyfish looking thing is, but I do not haha. I forget where I was where there were rocks like that, but the locals piled them up for good luck. They were all over the place too

Hey, JGonz....Sea Lions, You are the Quarry. Have fun at school
Posted By: Mike on August 30th, 2010 at 10:38AM PST
Mike,You have never been in love until you've seen the stars reflect in the reservoirs

Do you ever wish you could just put your camera down and wish you didn't always have to think about blogging....NAWW. Let's continue to let our opinions be known to the audience of bored people in front of computers. Dolphins. Rookery of Penguins.

I heard whales stink. Like their Head hole blasts smell like rotten fish....or my Ex Wife. HA!

I've never like seafood. The Ocean is probably one of the things i fear the most. Since you can't see what's underneath you and stuff. Fuck fishing? You guys just go for pussy shit. Great Whites and Manta Rays all day,fool.
jk

Yeah,I wouldn't even want to touch that See through Jelly thing.

That Sushi reminds me of that Eric Carlyle book. I used to loves those when I was 4.

He's not dead,just sleeping in comfy leaves.

Last photo made me wonder, How big is an Orca's vagina? All I found was this shit

An erotic furry story:
http://www.cyoc.net/stories/stories_cache/chapter_22085.html

and the answer
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Where_is_the_orca_whales_penis_positioned

So I guess you can crawl in there. Imagine "Suicide by Whale Vagina"
Posted By: Jgonzalez on August 30th, 2010 at 12:29PM PST
HAHAHA on the wiki answers, theres a question and its answered " Do whales have a penis?
yes biggest ive ever choked on"

hahahah

I couldn't read that furry story though.
Posted By: Mike on August 30th, 2010 at 05:23PM PST
That little "guy" in Sophia's hand looks it like might be a transparent tunicate (a salp, perhaps). Possibly. Unfortunately, I'm not a marine bio major.
Posted By: Anonymous on August 30th, 2010 at 08:49PM PST
*looks like it might
Posted By: Anonymous on August 30th, 2010 at 08:52PM PST
if huge rock-humanoid monsters existed their turds would look like those rock towers.

jgonz, jair was definitely the first of the gang
Posted By: fresh from mex on August 30th, 2010 at 11:06PM PST
I love that place :)
Posted By: sambalam on August 31st, 2010 at 07:57AM PST
i love catalina. i wish all of california's water was as clear as the water there. so pretty!
Posted By: sean m on September 1st, 2010 at 03:17PM PST
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