Rolling around Catalina

I’m back on Catalina Island again.  This place is seriously my California happy spot.  (I qualify with California, because I also have a Wyoming happy spot.)  I love being here for a couple reasons: 1) Because I have the most amazing memories of coming here with my family as a kid.  We came out here all the time when my dad had a boat and would just hang out swimming in the bay and baking in the sun.  2) Because my mom used to come here all the time as a kid wither her family.  I never really knew my Grandpa Ducks (mom’s dad) because he passed away when I was 2 years old.  So, being here and knowing some stories from my mom’s youth makes me feel closer to the amazing man I never knew in life.  (I say “in life” because I’m convinced that ghost Grandpa Ducks likes to play practical jokes on me now.  But that is a story for a different day.)  3) Because everything is “walking distance” and I’m forced to be active while feeling safe in the enclosed little town.


My routine is pretty normal.  I get off the boat and wheel to my hotel room.  Today I am staying at a different hotel because my normal one was booked up.  I’m actually really loving this new hotel, and not just because it was closer to the pier where the ferry lets out.  It’s mostly because they have a wine and cheese hour with free stuff.  I only had 1 glass of wine.  No cheese.  Look at me- so healthy!  I get to my room and hang out for a few minutes.  Then I journey out to the little strip of stores and look around.  I sit by the water for a while and, if I remember, read my Kindle.  This time it was Lady Chatterley’s Lover, because it’s “banned book” month for the book club that I’m leading.  (Nerd alert!)  After that, I go to get dinner.  It’s usually either a sandwich from Vons or a slice of pizza.  Tonight’s dinner was a slice of pepperoni.  Hey, at least I didn’t have the cheese earlier, right?  Then, depending on the temperature, I either go back to my room and watch TV before turning early for bed, or I go back to sit by the water.  It’s pretty chilly and I didn’t bring a heavy sweatshirt, so I think I may forgo nighttime beach hangout.

But, my favorite routine of all: going to the candy/taffy store to get a caramel apple.  #DontTellMyTrainer  But, I figure it’s not so bad.  Ice cream would be worse.  I mean, the main ingredient of my dessert is apple.  It’s so healthy that you can disregard that it is slathered in caramel deliciousness.  Though, I suppose ice cream has milk which is calcium which is good for bones.  So ice cream is healthy too.  I’ll have both.  (I kid.  I kid.)

Today is the first time I’ve been away from the Little Mister for a significant amount of time.  I’m pretty sad.  He got up early this morning and then took a nap in my arms from 6:30-8:30am.  So, at least I have the sweet little memory to think back on.  And I know the Hubs is taking good care of him.  But it’s still weird: this used to be my favorite work place, but now I’m not nearly as exited to be here.  Man, kids ruin everything!  (Again, I kid.  I kid.)  I can’t wait to bring him to Catalina with me!  He’s going to be the third generation of amazing memories from this island!

I met a woman here today who owns a boat touring company.  She said she has a boat that she can easily get me on in my wheelchair.  I’m so stoked to check that out soon!  Being on the water is amazing!  And it’s one of the things that I love that I can still do.  I’m scared to try motortcycles, because I don’t know that I can transfer onto one.  And I hate falling.  But, riding quads was how I grew up and I miss it!  And I miss riding my bike (bicycle).  But, being on a boat is something I can still do and still love it.  So, I can’t wait to try her boat out!

Ok, so I know it seems like I talked a lot about the food I’m eating and it may sound bad. But, I did roll around town for about an hour and a half so I think I worked it out.  And I’m pretty sure that vacation work cancels out calories.  I’m pretty sure I read that somewhere.  #SeriouslyDontTellMyTrainer

2 thoughts on “Rolling around Catalina

  1. Lorraine Cunningham says:

    Good morning. I am interested in taking my son to Catalina Island this summer during his school break. He’ll be almost 14 and likes to stay busy. I’m a 49yr old wheelchair user. I’m nervous about going. I haven’t been since I was a little girl and was walking. I just want to make sure that there will be enough to keep us both busy and happy while we we’re there. The last thing I want to do is take my son somewhere where I’m not going to be able to do many things. It sounds like you go to quite often and probably know some of the ins and outs of what I should expect. I was hoping if it wasn’t too much to ask that you would reach out to me and give me some tips and hints. I was disappointed to learn that I wouldn’t be able to zip line. Then again I’m not sure if there is a zip line on God’s green earth that accommodates wheelchair users. It’s on my list of things to do so I haven’t given up hope yet.
    Looking forward to hearing back from you.
    Thank you

    • Hi Lorraine! I find Catalina to be pretty accessible in general. The main boardwalk is a cobblestone-esque set up, so it gets a bit bumpy. But nearly every store/restaurant is accessible. One of the issues is the accessibility of hotels. There are only a couple that are wheelchair accessible. The Pavilion and the Catalina Island Inn both have lovely accessible rooms, but they fill up. Reserve well in advance. The Catalina Express out of Long Beach is the best ferry to travel on as the boats are bigger and thus easier to get in and out of on the ramps. The deck hands will help wheel you up and down the ramps, as they can get pretty steep. The beaches aren’t very deep, so you can sit at the boardwalk and watch your son play in the water. I’m not sure if Descanso Beach Club has a beach chair or not. I’m actually interested in finding that out myself, so if I do I can report back. And if you can transfer into a golf cart, you can rent one and travel inland to the airport and all the pretty inland sites to see. I’ve heard that one of the glass bottom boat/submarines is wheelchair accessible, but I’ve not tried myself. The old casino has a museum and movie theater that are both accessible. I hope this helps and that you have a wonderful time if you go!!

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