Posts Tagged ‘Catalina Island’

Cruisin’ Together

December 23, 2009

OK, so I was slightly spoiled last week.  Rickey gave me an early Christmas gift and took me on a five-day cruise…. see??? Spoiled!  It was relaxing and wonderfully un-chaotic.  This Fall, with my traveling and his hockey coaching, we have not spent much quality time together.  So we decided to get away for a few days, being that he’s been saving his holidays at work for our trip to Colombia to get our little Zaza…. but that hasn’t materialized at present….. and the vacation days keep piling up.  So we used four of them.  Whooo HOoo! 

One of the ports of call, TOTALLY exotic beyond belief, was Catalina Island!  (ha ha)  Rick and I haven’t been there together for 22.5 years, as our honeymoon was the last occasion.  We were able to find the hotel that we stayed in and it literally looks exactly the same.  The little town, however, has dramatically improved and is quite charming with shops and shops and more shops.  So we went in the shops since they were plentiful. 

One of my brilliant pre-cruise plans was to dig out a little bag of white and black rocks that we picked up on the beach last time we were in Catalina… and made a backgammon game on a grocery bag. No one told us to bring games or reading material on our honeymoon.  Duh!  But I forgot to take it along.  So, being incredibly sentimental and bored once again, we once again picked up 15 white rocks and 15 black rocks and made a backgammon game on a piece of paper.  It was much more advanced this time as I used a brochure to make the lines straight.  We played many games of Acey-Ducey on this trip. 

The highlight of the cruise, however, (if you can beat a homemade backgammon game!) was Rick taking the championship medal for the on-board ping-pong challenge.  He beat several people to come out victorious and he wore his medal to dinner that night.  He made sure everyone knew that you couldn’t BUY the medals on board.  You had to WIN them.  Makes me so proud.  As we were leaving the ship, he kept pointing out people whom he had decimated at the green table. “See that guy in the blue pin-striped shirt?  I beat him.”  A few minutes later, “See the tall guy with the dreadlocks?  I beat him.”  I asked him if he wanted me to stop the line to immigration, open the luggage and find his medal so he could wear it.  He said no. Party pooper.

Thank you, Rickey, for a fun-filled week on the water.  XOXOXOXO

The Tall Ship American Pride

June 11, 2009

I had the arduous task of being a Safety Officer on the American Pride ship for Larisa’s Marine Biology field trip to Catalina Island, California.  We spent three nights and days on the ship learning all about sailing, the “head”, and of course, Marine Biology.  This is why there were no posts here for a few days.  We had an absolute blast…. I’ve never slept on a ship that didn’t include a midnight chocolate buffet.  There certainly wasn’t any chocolate on this ship.  I don’t know how old it is… but it’s a three masted schooner…. there were 43 of us and 9 crew. 

We slept on the ship the first night in the Long Beach port.  The ship was pretty steady, hardly rocking at all.  I slept like a baby…. the baby that wakes up and wants to cry.  :o  Larisa was brave and slept on deck.  Not me.  No way.  I’ve seen seagull droppings….  need I say more?  The berths contained a “mattress” (term used lightly) that was a single bed size, but only 3 inches thick.  AND the whole berth was only about 2 1/2 feet tall. AAANNNDD we changed our clothes lying in them!  Truly a sight to behold.  Thankfully there were little curtains so no one had to behold it.  It was a remarkable experience to lie there in the darkness and listen to the waves on the side of the ship…. right on the other side of the wooden planks next to my head.

The kids did lots of experiments and disections as well as kayaking, snorkeling, tide pooling and eeling.  They also got to jump off the rigging into the freezing water.  They loved it.  I loved being warm on the deck.  The eeling was pretty awesome.  I’ve never seen eels come out and attack a mesh bag of rotten fish.  Cool!  But the highlight of the trip for me was the hundreds and hundreds of dolphins  that “played” with our ship most of the way back to Long Beach.  The water was so clear we could see them swimming white belly to white belly, mama and babe.  Again, so cool.

I was so excited about the dolphins that I wasn’t paying attention and ran into the anchor.  I have a dark purple bruise on my leg that still hurts.  If you come over, I’ll show you.  AND Larisa and I are still swaying to the waves when we close our eyes.  It was the easiest chaperoning job I’ve been called upon for.  These homeschoolers were so respectful and obedient and NICE!  What a joy!