Over the holiday break, my family set out on the S/V Pelican for Catalina Island. Having the boat in Dana Point makes it an easy 6-8 hour sail across the channel. With excellent weather forecast for the entire week we ended up staying for 8 days. Two were spent in Avalon and the rest at Two Harbors.
We had a wonderful time exploring Avalon and met a family of sailors who came by in their kayak to get in on the fun as Merrik and Maliea paddled around on their surfboards. After two nights in Avalon we motored along the coastline of the island to the West End and picked up a mooring in Fourth of July Cove.
The days were sunny but the warmth was limited to about 3 good hours where we immediately took the opportunity to get in the water and play. The visibility of the ocean was at least 60 feet and we explored by dinghy, paddle board, surfboard and snorkel.
On New Year’s Eve our new friends, the Fabulous Fricker family from San Diego riding high on S/V Anthem, pulled up the mooring just off our bow. Our new year was off to a good start before it even began. For the rest of our time in Catalina we felt as if we were out cruising the world. We enjoyed dinner on their boat and they came over to play games and jump off our boat. My husband and I were grinning from ear to ear as we watched our kids live the life we have always imagined.