Hiking with Mama
Grandpa J. and the Frog
Grandma and Grandpa treated us to a lovely weekend on Catalina Island. They sailed out on their boat, and we took the Express (which is much faster for a toddler time frame). We stayed on the USC campus, where they study environmental studies. Grandma W. worked for USC in development, so we were lucky to stay there, and have a protected cove all to ourselves. Froggydadda said the fish must know they're protected, because they're so tame.
We snorkled and swam, and took the dingy out around the harbor. Grandpa J. built a viewing box for Froggy that we put in the water so she could see the fish below. I can't believe we had two vacations this summer! And both (even with a toddler) were fun!
Even with the ocean and fish and incredible view, the most spectacular moments were at night, looking up at the stars. Living in Los Angeles, I forget what it's like to walk out and witness the magnitude of the milky way and shooting stars. It was wonderful waking up to the sound of song birds and the waves, rather than a garbage truck and honking neighbors. I wouldn't mind the island life. I'm ready for the calm.