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BETWEEN HARBORS EIIie Stevens Columnist The Isthmus this weekend saw a unique combination of cowboys on horse- back, watermen and women rowing old- fashioned dories and beer poured from bottles that came from the oldest brewery in the world. To all appearances, the Isthmus seemed to have slipped back in time. Los Caballeros The institution of the caballero is deep- ly entrenched in the past. The Southern California caballeros, a modern offshoot of their elite ancestors, were founded in 1943 with a focus on preserving traditions of the early California horsemen. The term caballero is used to describe both the skilled horseman and his gentlemanly nature. This weekend marked the 61st annu- al visit of the Los Angeles horsemen to Catalina. On Thursday they participate in a trail-class event at Middle Ranch,-which is put on by the Catalina Island Saddle Club and includes seven Western trail-class events. Then on Friday they participate in rodeo evenm at Rancho Escondido. During their stay they also emulate the lifestyle of the early California caballeros, participating in long rides through the interior, sleeping under the stars, bathing in the ocean (with or without their ho~ses) and coming to the Isthmus to drink from the local watering hole. When seen in town and asked about their experiences, Tom Lieb (from San Marino), Kirt Boultinghouse (from Laguna Beach), Bennett Crosby (from San Diego) and Sean Cardenas (from Rolling Hills) expressed tmammously their gratitude to the Conservancy for making their ride possible and their enthusiasm about the unique experiences that the ride afforded them. After talking briefly in front of the warehouse, they tipped their hats respect- fillly and then trotted off to water their horses and sate their own appetites at the Harbor Reef. Dory Race Panning past the horses and looking towards the water, a dozen dory boats appeared lining the beach. If the horsemen weren't out-of-place enough to awaken a sense of anachronism, the old-fashioned boats intensified the atmosphere of his- torical past. The dory. is a style of boat that was HEAL First Tuesday of the month 1:3o - 4:30 p.m. Two Harbors Baywatch Station Call 31o-51o-oo96 for appointments. Walk ins welcome. Out-patient, non-emergency services are available. On-site laboratory work also available. General preventative care Well-child checks Treatment of acute health conditions Treatment of chronic health conditions Minor wound care Urinalysis Hemoglobin Pregnancy tests Rapid strep tests Phlebotomy (blood draws) introduced to the New England coastline .. ..... . , : -~ ~, .... .- .:; 0 ,:.,-, .... ..... ap~ Kelsey O'Donnell, 22 O'Donnell hopes shortly after the 18th century as a fishing th h ....... boat. In the mid nineteenth century, early o thelZgir]sflo.~cp"~t~,~:G~,~;lim ~9,~t~p!" coastal lifeguards employed them as their she says confidently ...... first life-saving tool. Today's lifeguards use dories to hone their skills in the open ocean and in surf-zones, and as demon- strated this weekend, they also use them to compete in channel crossing races. This weekend a few dozen competi- tors left Two Harbors to race the boats 24. 5 miles to Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro. The r~ce on Sunday was the culminating race in this summer's series of dory events through the National Doryman's Association. For near.ly~ha~a ceott~ry L.A. Cotmty l~fegu~trds', lifeguard alumni, their family and friends have competed in this event in which pairs of row- ers race the boats from the Isthmus to the main- land.. -Jon Van Duinwyk, 38, top competitor and vice-president of the association, has com- peted in the Catalina Microbrew Fest Also this weekend was the 8th Annual Two Harbors Microbrew Fest, presented by the Avalon Lion's Club. This year's fest was sold out, with 500 individuals attend- ing, 50 more than last year. In total there were 23 breweries represented and 63 dif- ferent beers. According to event organizer Ryan ~ounkers, "the MicroBrew Fest is impor- tant in that it brings attention to great time during the Super Bowl." The event is a also a charity for the Lion's Club in Avalon, which Lion's Club Member Oley Olsen clarifies, "provides scholarships for kids in Avalon to go to college." Olsen's table featured beer from the oldest MicroBrewery in the world, Weihenstephaner. The Weihenstephaner is a Bavarian'State Brewery dating back 1,000 years, once a monastery brewery of the Benedictine monks. So if the horsemen and the dory boats weren't enough to invoke a sense of nos- race eight times. ~a, talgi~fo~fa~ggisi~s~o acknowledges the ~ ~~~d ~~ ,enges the race-- particular ocean condi- tions--but claims that "everything in this world that's worth doing is dif- ficult, but you've got to stick with it and every time it gets easier." Also competing this year is the female duo: Molica Anderson, 23 way back into thne, into the Middle Ages. Coincidentally and ironically, in the midst of all these harkings-back to the old days, cell phone reception for AT&T users died Saturday night. It did not return until Tuesday morning, giving Two Harbors visitors and residents just another reason this weekend to appreciate the simplicity of days gone past. Catalina _. ' -. Island Medical Center P.O. Box 1563 1oo Falls Canyon Road Avalon, Calif. 90704 (3m) 51o-o7oo Appointments (3m) 5~o-oo96 www.Cl MedicalCenter.org Page 4 i Friday, September 24, 2010 ~ CATAMNA ISLANDER