A midterm exam, writing a four-page case for support of a local not-for-profit agency, and a couple of volunteer projects are this week’s priorities, but I couldn’t let the week go by without sharing the highlights of last week’s getaway to Catalina Island.
Chewing gum’s big kahuna, William Wrigley Jr. and his wife Ada stand out among the rich and famous in Catalina’s fascinating history of wildlife enthusiasts and entrepreneurs. The 47,000 acre island once home away from home to novelist Zane Grey is managed by Catalina Conservancy, endowed by the Wrigleys and dedicated to the preservation of flora, fauna and wildlife that includes a herd of bison brought to the island for the making of the movie based on Grey’s novel The Vanishing American.
My loyal follower and I packed as much fun into three days as good middle-aged suburban tourists can. We rented a golf cart to explore the city of Avalon and visited the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Garden. Living on the edge as we do, we picked up a couple of hitchhikers, Texas Tech and Penn State students bumming a ride to the beach. Kids!
While touring the fabulous art deco theater built in 1929 at the cost of a cool 2 million, (yes, not everyone when bankrupt that year) we witnessed a marriage proposal. Kids!
We also explored the island’s interior in a bio fueled hummer with 10 other tourists.
Steven was our driver. He’s awesome. (and funny)
People watching is always fun no matter where you are.