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Panda Escapes To: Catalina Island

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For my birthday, I decided to go to Catalina Island.  I live in Long Beach and on most days, you could see the island. I've known that it existd since I was about 9 or 10, but just had never been. I had read that they give you a free trip on your birthday so I completely took advantage of that. Normally it's $70 round trip. Since I had never been, I looked up things to do and found so many activities, but since it was my birthday, I just walked around. Did touristy stuff, took pictures, laid out on the beach, and pretty much figured the lay of the land. I have intentions of going back and now I know what I'm going to do next time. It was a nice, clear, beautiful day and I'm glad it turned out as such because even two days before, we were experiencing more monsoonal weather, humid, overcast, slightly windy. There was even a flash flood warning for my area!
Catalina also known as Avalon, was awesome. I discovered it's pretty much the beachy, summer home type of place where people walk around in their bathing suits and kids are pretty much left to roam the town without worrying about them getting lost or kidnapped. Ha! It's pretty much where I want to move to. Give me beach, blue skies, and water so clear you can see the kelp, and I'm golden. 
A little history, William Wrigley Jr., chewing gum magnate and owner of the Chicago Cubs, actually bought the island and was integral in it's development. He had the casino building built, and created a way for the locals to profit off of the minerals found on the island by creating tile. 
 
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Catalina-Island-Casino-Close
Catalina-Island-Casino-Close
 
Catalina-Island-Beach-Town
Catalina-Island-Beach-Town
Catalina-Island-Beach-Town
Catalina-Island-Beach-Town
Catalina-Island-Beach-Town
Avalon is also known to have buffalo roaming that occasionally get sent off to Montana, I believe, but they're not any place where the tourists are. I'm pretty sure they're based more around the uninhabited parts of the island. 
 
Catalina-Island-Casino-Sky
Catalina-Island-Casino-Sky
Clear turqoise water. It felt so good to get in since it was nice and cold and the weater was really starting to warm up. 

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Catalina-Island-Casino-Sky
Catalina-Island-Casino-Sky
 
Catalina-Island-Mexican-Blanket
These Mexican blankets can tend to get a little expensive so when I saw that one of the shops was selling it for $18, I had to snatch it up. Total steal. The fact that it's pink makes me love it even more! 
Catalina-Island-Mexican-Blanket
Catalina-Island-Mexican-Blanket
Catalina-Island-Mexican-Blanket
Catalina-Island-Mexican-Blanket
 
I definitely wouldn't mind going back and/or making it a birthday tradition from now on! 
 
Amanda ❤
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