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With Capt. John King Time Machine BY CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS I turned 60 on Sunday and on Monday I took a step back in time. How appropriate that I would find myself turning back the clock only hours after I had renewed my expired driver's license. I found a time machine on the island. I am not sure yet whether I should share this amazing breakthrough, but I have to tell you it really works. On my actual birthday I went off-shore with a group of friends aboard Catallac. Our goal was to chase some of the Yellow- tail and Tuna that have been show- ing up in close range of Catalina. We left as a gorgeous sun was ris- ing on the horizon. There was a light mist and heavy clouds, but the sun just burst a bubble of color at sunrise. Fishing started out slowly. The mist made it difficult to use binoc- ulars and the cloud cover gave the water a greasy look that made it difficult to spot floating kelp or to see any signs of the fish. Luckily Capt. Lance on Afishinado found a spot of fish two miles from us that wanted to bite and he called us in to share the action. We hooked over 40 fish on that little kelp patty and lost a good number of them. Yellowtail are tough fighters. Still, we had plenty of ac- tion and a good num- ber of fish in the box as we made the turn John King back to Avalon. I was Columnist beat. The late night birthday party, early morning start (sorry Kate) and all day in the sun left me feeling every bit of my 60 years. Thankfully, I was heading for a time warp. Monday morning was another gorgeous day (we have had some great weather this year) and Karen had us packed for a surprise over- night trip. We jumped into our trucklet and headed for Two Har- bors for a stay in the Crow's Nest at the Banning House Lodge. Playing hookie and driving through the interior is a good tonic for the soul I could not believe and badder tha.n ever! NEW TIER HI ENGINES that I had run a marathon through this terrain only a short while ago. No way am I ready for that again. Still, it got me to thinking. By the time we dropped down into the Two Harbors area I was fully into neutral and just enjoying the ride. I had not been to the Banning House for many years. There have been some nice improvements, but the character of the place re- mains unchanged. A mother was explaining to her two boys that she did not know there was no TV at the Lodge. The time warp made an audible shiver. "No TV?" The view from the balcony of the Crow's Nest is spectacular at any time; so much so that we al- most were late for dinner at the Harbor Reef Restaurant. We re- turned to the balcony after dinner and counted stars. We did not even bother pulling out our iPhones, there is no wireless again the time warp hummed in my ears "No wireless?" The next morning the sun burst on to the scene, however, we opted to stay in bed and sleep in. We made it to the coffee and rolls be- fore 10am, and then headed out to explore the Two Harbors area. We sat on a bluff and remembered the time I took Paul Newman (yes, that Paul Newman) for a tour of the Sea Bass Pens led by Logan who later asked, "Is that the guy on the salad dressing label?" The trip back toward the Lodge brought us by the Isthmus Yacht Club housed in a building that ~vill be celebrating 150 years this August. Linda Massey saw Karen " and I and invited us in for a tour. She is the most senior member of the club and among the most ac- tive members in maintaining the facility. The time warp was really buzzing by now. The club is a strange combina- tion of private and group rooms. Each member is allowed to deco- rate their room as they see fit. Two views of the Isthmus Yacht Club: fop photo is the site during the late 1800s. The photo above was taken during the 1950s. Photos are part of the Permanent Collection of the Catalina Island Museum. Most are into nostalgia and the use the rope swing that hung in a photos were incredible. Many of tall Eucalyptus tree near the Yacht the old black and whites are ones Club Time warp in overdrive. that are never seen in the museum This was a quick trip, however, or in our restaurants, but real fam- I have now have plans for dealing ily photos dating back in time. with the ever present age monster. Linda has a deep love of the I have rediscovered my time ma- club, the Isthmus and of Catalina chine. How fortunate that it only Island. She relayed stories that requires a few miles of travel to had me recalling times when our find myself shedding years and young family would visit this out- adding to the quality of my memo- post and stare into the windows of ries of Catalina Island's other end. the barracks wondering what had Capt. John runs Afishinados gone on there. 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