Newspaper Archive of
The Catalina Islander
Avalon, California
Lyft
May 2, 2014     The Catalina Islander
PAGE 4     (4 of 12 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
 
PAGE 4     (4 of 12 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
May 2, 2014
 

Newspaper Archive of The Catalina Islander produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2019. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.




With Capt• John King Calm After The Storm Catalina has had some of the best weather I can recall through the early part of this year. It has been balmy and beautiful. Afishinados Charter customers have had some pretty good fish- ing'trips and Catallac has made a record number of Sunset Cruises, Eco Tours and Island Transports. Al- though we had a close call earlier in April, we have not had to cancel a single trip due to weather this year...until this week. Truthfully, we are pretty spoiled. Running charter boats on an ocean can be a dicey proposi- tion with wind and swell the pri- mary enemies. However, Cata- lina Island is a boater's dream come true. The island is a perfect block for the prevailing northwest weather creating a calm lee along the southwest shore from Long Point to the East End. It is no coincidence that the early Indians chose this side of the island for their settlements, and it is rare for Af- ishinados to have to cancel a charter due to weather, but this last Saturday, there was simply nowhere to hide. We had Gale Force winds that were Strong enough to cancel even the largest of the Express John King boat fleet, leaving Columnist passengers stranded on both sides of the pond. I took my morning run along Pebbly and was nearly stopped in my tracks by gusts of wind. I had to execute a few pirouettes to avoid the wash from waves crashing on the rocks. As I walked through town I was reminded of a zombie movie. Visitors were gathered in clusters along Crescent, most ap- peared to be in a state of suspended animation as they processed their dilemma. They were stuck on the rock with no plans. I felt like Jeff Bridges in the movie "Invincible" as he walked away unscathed from a horrific plane cash. Nobody was in a hurry. Nobody was stressing out about missing their tour or dinner reservations. Although the wind was blowing and the waves were crashing, there was a feeling of calm along the waterfront. Every- body was doing nothing. We can all remember hoping for snow to fall while vacationing in the mountains. Being 'Snowed- In' is a goal, it gives us the perfect universal excuse to stay another day or more. Being 'Blown- Out, is generally not something you wish for. It takes too much explaining...'Sorry Boss, I could not make it too work this morning because I was stranded on Cata- lina Island' is not an excuse that is already in the books. Karen and I moved to Catalina to enjoy a calmer lifestyle, howev- er, we have found ourselves work- ing harder than ever as we continue to experience tremendous growth in our charter business and in Af- ishinados Gallery. Sunday looked to be a perfect day to play hooky and enjoy Catalina Island. We de- cided to literally "Go fly a kite". A kite catches the wind while out on an Afishinados Charter. Courtesy photo We packed a pic-nic, checked the oil in 'Trucklet' and headed for the hills. We love the interior in the spring, but we were a bit ap- prehensive because of the drought. "What drought?" we said to each other as we drove along the ridge. BOOK A PRIVATE CHARTER Catalina Island Medical Center's Rehabilitative Care Program combines the professionalism and competence of a fully-licensed acute care hospital with the care and support of your Catalina Island community, • Rehabilitative care program for post orthopedic & reconstructive surgery and serious illness or injury. • Therapeutic and rehabilitative services. • Dedicated nurse liaison to arrange transportation from the mainland and ensure continuity of care. • -The cohffort and support of friends and family. • Ancillary services indude state-of-the-art CT scanner and fully equipped laboratory. Call Nurse Liaison Santa Dominguez, RN, at (310) 510-0700 to learn more about how CIMC can meet your rehabilitative care needs. (31 o) 510-070 o 1oo Falls Canyon Road PO Box 1563, Avalon 90704 l andM Center www•CIMedicalCenter.org ................ -h--i-˘-ie--Noi-se-Te ........... n g ..... for retesting and late vehicles as part of the annual Vehicle R on Will be condu mi, t day mornings fro 0 PM THE QUALITY OF UfE IN AVALON ._ WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW • Vehicles that do not pass Vehicle Noise Testing will have until SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pass without penalty. • Vehicles that do not pass can return during testing times for retesting with no penalty and will receive the City permit upon passing at the standard cost: $29. Late vehicles fee: $25. Decibel Standards: VEHICLES 6,000 Ibs OR GREATER MOTORCYCLES 82 dB 77 dB ALL OTHER VEHICLES (incl. AUTOETrEs, aka. GOLF CARTS) 74dB FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit www.cityofavalon.com Contact Avalon City Hall: 310-510-0220 Email Jordan Monroe, Management Aide: jmonroe@cityofavalon.com AMC Sec. 4,.4.1713 ONE STEP AT A TIME " GOALS IN MIND • INTENTIONAL DESIGN Although the reservoirs give clear evidence of the drought condi- tions, the hills are currently green, wildflowers are in bloom and the road was not dusty due to the bit of rain on Friday night. The bluff overlooking Shark Harbor offers a beautiful vista and it was the per- fect place for our Flying Fish kite. I hooked up the kite to a rod and reel (believe me, there is no better way to fly a kite) and let her fly. It is almost hilarious flying a kite on rod and reel. The bend in the rod is up instead of down, but the rest of the 'battle' is pretty simi- lar, especially with a kite that has a 9-foot wingspan. We succeeded in staying airborne through the ol- ives and cheese and a nice bottle of Marbec, sighting but three ve- hicles during that time. The island Was ours and ours alone to fully enjoy the calm after the storm. Capt. John runs Afishi,nados Charters and can be reached at 888- 613-7770 or john @ aflshina- dos. com sse for eyelashes 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic appointment at CIMC. ORANGE COAST eye center .................. :..,.,. ............................................... : ................................................................................................................................. ....................................................................................................................................................... 4 i Friday, May 2, 2014 THE CATAUNA illiJUiDill