Monday, June 13, 2016

Catalina Island

Avalon, Catalina Casino, Catalina Island, Pacific Ocean, Marina
camping, Hermit Gulch, Avalon, Catalina Island
Catalina Casino (top).  Hermit Gulch campground (bottom). 

I went on a lab retreat this past weekend to Catalina Island which is just off the coast of Los Angeles.  We departed on a ferry from Long Beach and camped at Hermit Gulch for two nights.  Here are some of the photographs I took while I was in Avalon (the city on Catalina Island we were in).  Up top, you can see Catalina Casino on the shore, which is one of the island's most famous landmarks.  

While on the island, our group went kayaking about 3 miles up the coast.  Unfortunately, the current was against us on the way back so I am sure we kayaked for way more than the 6 miles round trip.  My arms were in a lot of the pain the past two nights!  It turns out that a great white shark was in the water on our return journey.  I'm a little bummed I didn't get to see it!  Despite how overcast it was the day we kayaked, I still have a heck of a tan and a bit of a sunburn.  My legs, which were partially shrouded by a wetsuit, have a pretty ridiculous farmer's tan going on.  Mmm, attractive.

Catalina Island, Avalon, Harbor, Catalina Island Harbor, Ferry Landing, Resort, Island
Hermit Gulch Trail, Hermit Gulch Campground, Hermit Gulch, Avalon, Avalon Port, Catalina Island
Harbor of Avalon City on Catalina Island (top).   View from atop the Hermit Gulch Trail (bottom).

The water surrounding the island was among the bluest and clearest I've ever seen.  Even the water in the marina, which was docked full of boats, was clear enough to be able to see the fish that swam right up by the shore.  The view of the harbor is pretty spectacular from atop the Hermit Gulch Trail which we hiked on Sunday morning.

Catalina Island, Seagull, Avalon, Seaside, Ocean, Retreat
Seagull at the ferry landing (left).  A pier on the port (right).

Our group ended up back in Los Angeles by the afternoon on Sunday.  We were all tanned, sunburned, and tired.  I enjoy seeing new places and camping, but I was pretty exhausted by the time I got home.  Being in the "wilderness" and by the sea is a wonderful way to take a mental break, but boy, was I glad to be under a real roof again!


  1. Oh my god, I would have been terrified if I knew there'd been a shark anywhere near me. The rest of this sounds absolutely wonderful though, and the photos are stunning! What a great mental break!

    Amber | y a c h t s m a a n

  2. Ah wow, how stunning is this place!! It sounds like you had an amazing time. Taking a mental break is always so necessary, coming home feeling drained is the worst though!! :)

    Katie // Words By Katie

  3. Love the light and the blues in these photographs! Sounds like a great break, although sunburn - eek! x

  4. Gorgeous pictures. And it would have been simultaneously awesome and terrifying to know a shark was near!

    Meg | Elmpetra

  5. That sounds like a really fun time! Was it a kind of bonding or celebration trip? Glad you weren't eaten by the shark ha ha.

  6. I would kill for sunburn right now. I've been stuck at home, doing nothing but walking around near places. Your kayaking sounded really TIRING. I hope you enjoyed despite being tired and burned.

  7. Beautiful photos! :) It looks so pretty there!


  8. Wow kayaking for 6 miles straight! That's crazy. Well done you :P Also, that seagull is so photogenic haha, nice shot!

  9. You kayaked for 6 miles?!?! Major skillz
    Love that seagull photo
    Blue Jazzmin

  10. Wow it looks incredible! And kayaking for 6 miles?!?! I love kayaking but I get so sore after, it's a full body work out I swear!

    nat | dignifiable

  11. Catalina Island looks SO idyllic oh my gosh! I'd love to visit one day, these photos are stunning and it sounds like you had a wonderful trip xo

  12. Your Catalina trip sounds incredible and now I'm itching to get back to the west coast already. And I totally hear you about having sore arms after kayaking; it aways seems so relaxing but once you get around to long-distance kayaking...that shit is rough. Hope your sunburn goes away ASAP!


  13. This is so beautiful. I've always wanted to visit Catalina Island and this post just makes me want to see it even more now.

  14. Wow these are beautiful photos! Looks so surreal!
    I'd love to visit this place someday.

    Love, Fads

  15. This sounds like such a fun adventure! I'm so jealous (and I love the Seagull pic).


  16. I would love to visit Catalina Island, it just looks so peaceful! Clear blue skies, and gorgeous greens. It must be so sad to end so quickly. I hope you had an amazing time <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  17. Haha, it sure sounds like a little challenge for you :) It does look like a beautiful place and I would love to visit it one day. And farmers sunburn is the worst. x

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me