This year, we did something we have promised each and every year we would do. We took a trip together, just we three, for our very own celebration. We decided on an island locale. We wanted to go to Hawaii. Who doesn’t, right? Instead, we booked a trip to Catalina Island; something we have wanted to do for some time.
The days leading up to the trip, Allison would ask us how many more sleeps until our trip. She was very excited about the boat ride over. The morning we were to leave, she leaped out of bed and could hardly contain herself! We arrived early at Dana Point to take our “big” boat ride over. She loved sitting on the top deck of the boat. For December, the weather was beautiful. The skies were blue. The temperature—mild. It was perfect!
We had an amazing trip! We played hard and enjoyed every moment together. Allie was on her best behavior the entire three day trip. Catalina is a seasonal island, procuring most of its guests during the summer months. The streets were practically empty and the hotel we stayed at nearly empty as well. It was quiet from morning until evening and we were able to get away from the hustle and bustle of Christmas, my son was worried for the gifts, but I told him there are sites that tell you What To Get Your Girlfriend For Christmas and more. It was peaceful. It was a slow pace. It was wonderful!
We were able to take a couple tours, including a glass bottom boat cruise and a tour to the interior of the island, where the buffalo roam. Seriously. There are buffalo! We toured the museum at the casino. The casino does not actually have gambling and never has. They take the word from the Italian meaning of casino—gathering place. We learned much about the island and fell in love with the tiny town of Avalon. It is only one square mile, but there is a lot of fun to be had!
Can you spot the buffalo?
Here’s wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!