Spike on the Catalina Express leaving Long Beach, August 1, 2010
Stephen on the boat to Catalina
Spike heading out to the open sea on the Pacific Ocean
The Queen Mary, next to a cruise ship, outside of Long Beach
The first view of the main landmark of Avalon, The Casino (which is NOT a casino). The word casino is Italian for gathering place.
Steve struggling with the "electronics bag." Note to self: invest in a good camera/laptop combo bag.
View of the Casino and boats in the harbor from the green pier
High dynamic range version of the previous photo (just experimenting with HDR in PhotoShop to see how they turn out).
Stephen viewing Avalon Bay
Sharon and Spike on the walkway to the Casino.
Steve loves his angles when taking photos: Sharon and Spike again
Spike just outside Descanso Beach with a view of the Casino behind him. Note the festive Hawaiian shirt he is wearing.
View of Descanso Beach from outside the Casino
Steve exploring the rocks and the diving cove area, behind the Casino
Flag flying over the Casino
The Casino with flags; note the moon near the middle flag
Mural outside the Casino (HDR version)
Outside porch of the Casino
Spike Roamer with the Casino behind him (taken closer to downtown Avalon)
....and yet another view of the Casino
Avalon Bay harbor
An HDR experiment of the previous shot
Spike in downtown Avalon, near the hotel and restaurant Porto Fino
Near the hotel Porto Fino
Near the Hotel Metropole and Old Coney Island dogs/burgers (great chili cheese dog).
Antonios - a classic place with good pizza and breakfasts. Plus cups to go.
Stephen playing tourist in downtown Avalon, Catalina Island.
HDR version of The Holly House, a landmark house.
Another HDR image of the Holly House
View of the Casino and Avalon Harbor from Lover's Cove, a marine preserve
One of the last few ornamental buffaloes in downtown Avalon (there were a ton more in 2004). Note Spike on top of him.
Our home for the week: 232 Whittley Avenue
A healthy shrimp salad dinner at home after too many meals out
Another view of our home for the week at 232 Whittley Avenue
Steve descending the shared steps at our home; each night, a deer buck and sometimes his friends would ascend it to eat the neighbor's peaches.
Avalon Harbor at dusk
The Tuna Club statue (see "China Town" for the building)
An incident on Tuesday, August 3 in which a helicopter and boats were circling near Descanso Beach. Never found out what was happening.
Steve at Descanso Beach club
Steve, again, at Descanso Beach Club
...and yet, again, a view of the Casino (from the Descanso Beach side)
Sharon in front of the Casino, Descanso Beach side.
ditto from the previous image
A Stephen "angle shot" of Sharon by the Casino
One of our favorite restaurants in Avalon: not only because of its name, but it's a classy place with good food and a great view.
View of Avalon Harbor upon ascending in a bus on the inland tour