Two weeks ago I made my first visit to one of California
’s Channel Islands
, Santa Catalina Island
. For those that don’t know, Southern California
is home to an archipelago of small, rugged islands off its coast. My 2012 New Year’s
resolution was to visit one or more of the Channel Islands. Having failed to realize this wish by December
of that year, I instead resolved to learn to tie a bow tie after being berated (jokingly, I think) for not knowing how do so despite operating a gentlemen’s shop. For the record, I accomplished this last minute resolution and wore a bow tie a few nights later New Year’s Eve
that I tied all by myself. Any, since transportation via Catalina Express
is free on one’s birthday, I decided to have another go at island life.
Accompanying me in her debut appearance was Una
. In order to get as much out of our adventure as possible, we departed at some pre-dawn hour. After a hastily-devoured meal from McDonald's
(which, though simple and clarified three times, managed nonetheless to be both screwed up and roof-of-the-mouth blisteringly hot) we raced down the docks and leapt aboard the boat with about two minutes to spare.