|Finisterra in Avalon|
|Avalon looks festive as the sun sets behind the hills.|
By midday we were back in town and played a round of miniature golf before heading back to the boat. I love playing there and we do it every time we're in town. The course is basically a botanical garden with greens. It's a tranquil place with lots of hummingbirds and other flora and fauna...much better than an amusement park setting. Back aboard Finisterra, we relaxed and prepared for another beautiful sunset and moonrise.
|With the mainland in the distance, the moon peeks from behind a cloud bank.|
|For a few moments the moonrise looked like a sunset.|
The next day we took advantage of free tickets for a Humvee tour into the back country between Avalon and Little Harbor. The tickets were courtesy of the West End Cruising Club which we had joined a year or two back. I was eager to take this tour because it's the only way, besides walking, to see the interior of this end of the island. The Island Conservancy, which manages about 90% of Catalina imposes strict limits on travel in this area. Our route took us up to the airport, which is located on a high point in the middle of the island, then across to Little Harbor and Ben Weston beach, and returned to Avalon via Cape Canyon Road.
|The Carnival Inspiration|
By 0800 a cruise ship had anchored off Avalon and the shore boat fleet was busy shuttling tourists ashore so it was a good time to head for the hills, no pun intended. This is a weekly port call for the Carnival Inspiration which also calls at Ensenada and its home port of Long Beach. The ship will depart for Ensenada at 1700 and the town will revert back to quiet village mode until next Tuesday when the ship will arrive again.
|The view from the airport road.|
|Looking northwest from the airport road toward Long Point.|
|Female bison and their calves run in herds while bulls lead more solitary lives. This young bull is on his own.|
|Later we caught up with this small herd. The trail on the left is the Transcatalina Trail which runs from Avalon to Parsons Landing and on to the west end of the Island.|
El Rancho Escondido was formerly a horse ranch specializing in Arabians.
|It's hard to imagine a more idyllic spot to practice the vintner's art|
|Little Harbor is the far cove. In the foreground is Sharks cove, which is one of the few places on the island that occasionally has ride-able surf.|
|Cape Canyon Coach House|
|Finisterra at her mooring. The squid were running inside the harbor, which brought the sea birds and seals in to feast on them all around the boat.|