Catalina Island

Given the comparative size of the Celebrity Solstice and the harbor of Catalina Island (Avalon side) it is no wonder that it is a tender port. Since there are mostly adults, a lot of whom seem to fall in the grandparent age, it would not be a surprise to find that Lev was the only young one on our tender. 

There are a number of features close to the dock – a Veteran’s Memorial,

a set of swings, and a small playground.

Otherwise we hiked up and down for a couple of hours prior to heading back to ship. (which looks like the usual huge floating resort on the water).


We walked by a couple of real estate offices. There is no question – to be on the island you need a lot of money – whether it is as a resident or tourist (not off a ship for the day). The lowest price I saw for anything was a 700 sq ft place for $1.2M/US. I am not going to even translate into metric. Just think of it as too tiny to survive.

Then it was lunch and the small one finally crashed as he was completely exhausted. 

I relocated myself to the Sky Lounge on Deck 14 all the way to the front of the ship. I am getting good phone connection here so hot spotting my laptop off my phone.

Since I finished the other Barbara Ana, I decided to start “Cup of Frida” which I have had for a while. The fabric is a rather wild pink/blue from Ship’s Manor (one of Eric’s Fabric of the Month pieces in 16 ct Aida) with the called for DMC. I am about 1/3 of the way done.

I think tomorrow is a sea day – so I will need to find someplace that is both quiet and has light….

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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