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Lions improve _Haypress playground STORY AND PHOTOS BY BURNEY RAMMING Catalina Island children of all ages will be happy to know that the Haypress playground equip- ment has been repaired and paint- ed. The horizontal bars have been replaced with a much stronger frame and repainted. The hand rail to the West slide has been rebuilt with new cement for a safe climb up the stairs. The swing bridge has been rebuilt so the boards will stay flat as some- Avalon Lions Club membr Tom Jordahl paints the rebuilt horizontal bars frame. Courtesy photo community service clubs. There are more Lions Club' Members than any other community ser- vice club. The Avalon Lions Club has help available to anyone who one crosses them. Avalon Lions needs eyeglasses, hearing aids, a Members will be raking the gravel telephone life alert system or other and pulling the weeds in the next emergency Concerns. few weekends. Contact Burney Ramming at The Avalon Lions Club is one 310-422-1606 for more informa- club in a worldwide network of tion. Following the trail along Horse Poop Hill Nice to see you again. l've just been hanging out here on Horse Poop Hill waiting to fill you in on the rest of the trail. I hope you had a good week. We left off as the trail flattens out past the little sort-of creek. The second part of the trail, after you get done with the fun (did I say "fun"?) hills, also has wonderful views of the golf course, the town of Avalon, the Casino and the harbor in the dis- tance. You can see the Express boats coming in or heading back overtown. You can also hear the chimes of the bell tower - thank you Mrs. Wrigley. There is often the rustling of towhees in the bushes. I always check to see if it might be a fox - but usually towhees. The trail also has a great selec- tion of native plants - monkey flower, lemonade berry, toyon, lupine and all sorts of others. It's fun to watch them change with the seasons Sometimes they have won- derul little flowers or berries - sometimes you think they may be dead (they're just faking). When you get above the Nature Center there are often a couple of Raven's hanging out on the edge of the trail. I always tell them they're ok to just sit there, but they never believe me. They make grumbly raven noises and launch off the hill. Pretty soon, you make a The Running Man TODD HALLENBECK steep decent back down towards the campground. There's a chain across the trail here. I always think I should just jump over it, but I almost never do. Nothing more embarrassing than a good face plant Even if nobody sees it. You come out next to Hermit Gulch campground More history, it's named after Hermit "Chicken" Johnny who used to live up there. OK- I learned that at the Museum, that was before even my time. From here; it's basically a pleas- ant downhill grade back to town. What some might miss though, is it's also one of the best bird watch- ing stretches of Catalina There are quail (love the little hat thing), doves (cute, but not too bright), there are mockingbirds, lots of Acorn Woodpeckers (no, they don't eat the acorns, they cram them into holes in the trees and come back to eat the bugsthat the acorns attract). We also have European starlings, and a variety of hawks - from the tiny kestrels to the large red tails When you get down by the golf course again, you're in one of the only places where we have both Fun, Exciting & Unique Toys For All Ages! Pet Supplies, Games Puzzles Arts and Crafts Books Educational Toys Video Games Indoor/Outdoor Sports Items And so much more! crows and ravens and you can really compare the two. For those that really haven't looked - ravens are really a big, solidl power- ful bird and you really don't see them in many places other than on Catalina. They are a lot larger than the crows, which is what you see on the mainland If you look closely, there are a lot of smaller, but often color- ful birds hiding in and around the bushes, too. Warblers, finches, wrens and of course sparrows, As you get back into town you might see our local herons hanging out in the trees and looking awkward. (They can fly? They can hardly stand up.) At this point, it's time to get ' some water and appreciate how much you can see in a short time on this great little Island of ours. It's also nice to realize that With all there is to look at and listen to you can almost forget how tired your legs feel until it's all over. Until next time - keep those legs moving, just in case. Todd Hallenbeck lives part time on Catalina Island and has completed many marathon runs. Humane Society schedules its Yard Sale "Spring Cleaning" means Islanders can donate to the Catalina Island Humane Society or create room for some treasured "one of a kind" collectibles availl able on Saturday April 26 from 10-3 at at the CIHS Yard Sale (385 East Whittley). The CIHS Yard Sale benefits pet adoptions, trap- neuter-release programs, and community events. Always the best "junque" at amazing prices! SINGING WATERS CHRISTIANCENTER SERVING AVALON, REACHING THE ISLAND 346 CATAUNA AVE i:tl!;,l q:Vi: i; H iil, [rlJ ; 00oCBTflI, Ilffl ISLflBDI00B NEWSPAPER A KILLER WAY TO ADVERTISE