California: Beautiful Catalina Island
February 8, 2016 6 Comments
Catalina Island has been famous as an island getaway for southern Californians for over 100 years. Early advertising boasted “In all the world, no trip like this!” In 1957 the Four Preps sang “Twenty-six miles across the sea, Santa Catalina is a-waitin’ for me”. Dick Clark dubbed it the first surfer song, and Brian Wilson said it was a major influence on the Beach Boys. A fun LA Times article about the song is at: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/la-ca-socal15jul15-story.html.
The maritime distance from the Los Angeles mainland to Catalina Island is actually 22.3 miles, which is easily traversed these days by high speed ferry. In 1894 messages were sent there via Carrier Pigeon Service. Notes were printed on tiny oilskin squares, rolled up, and placed into little canisters on pigeon legs. Within an hour a pigeon could complete the ocean crossing and deliver the message – twice as fast as steamships at the time! By 1902 the service ended when wireless messaging became available. We were charmed by the island’s beauty and landscape. Visitor information is at: http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/.