—Capt. Eddie Harrison, Nov 24, 1912 – Oct 10, 1992
But when I climb up to my island peak, escape awhile the madding world of strife, I envy not an earthly thing. This life, which sometimes galls, is swept clean of its cares by friendly winds, and once again I smile. Ay, truly, life seems sweet—a thing worthwhile.
2012 Catalina birthday hike route
Freebied, ferried, dog carrier lockered and hiking permitted in Avalon, we made a false start reaching the beginning of the Trans-Catalina Trail, hugging the coast past Lover’s Cove. Last year, Pebbly Beach Road was closed due to falling rock, so we chose to turn back and maintain our cranial integrity.
As we wound our way back through and above town, we got to see part of the setup for the downhill skateboard race the next day, the Catalina Island Classic (a rebirth of the 1977 event, amazing youtube video blocked). Hairpin turns overlooking the ocean were packed with hay bales in case of crash landings. People were taking golf carts instead of boards up the hill though.
The views throughout the hike were literally breathtaking—we were completely exposed after the first mile on the trail, and reached the top of the ridge as panting, sweating tomatoes.