travel log: much love from Catalina Island

Sunday, April 22

this weekend we experienced the magic of catalina island.
literally, right in our backyard, you would feel as though you are in another country. 
and that may not be far off, as during hollywood's golden age, catalina became the backdrops for landscapes across the world (ie: greece, north africa, the wild west). 

kevin and i decided when we were dating, that we didn't need any more stuff for our birthdays. 
we traded in our gift wrap for weekend get-a-ways, quality time over objects to be stashed. 
in january i found a groupon for a quaint historic hotel in downtwon Avalon (the main city on the island) and a groupon for parasailing. 
you can see i'm really into buying groupons, haha! 

so for his 28th birthday, i surprised kevin with a little jaunt across the pacific. 

with a mystic fog, we sailed in. 
we ate ice cream. 
we frequented Lloyds candy shop for fresh salt water taffy more than we frequented our hotel room. 
we read. 
we ran into some friend (like literally walked through their wedding reception without even knowing it!) that was a laugh.
we drove a golf cart around the island like the locals. 
we sang karaoke. 
we ate a picnic lunch.
and laughed till our bellies hurt.  
notice the ice cream trend? at one point kev told me he didn't want to be the "fat kid" and get a second ice cream of the day. i told him it was his birthday weekend and he was the king. he didn't need anymore convincing. (and like seriously, that boy doesn't gain anything but muscle so Big Olaf's got nothin' on him! i kind of just wanted to use big olaf's in a sentence, cause that is the MOST hilarious name for an ice creams shop. ) 

we also went parasailing. 
highlight. yes. it. was. 
soaring with my baby in the air. 

just doing my civic duty as an old IC roadie...cover the night catalina island!! 
goodbye island life. 

sooo moral of this weekend is....
 if you are craving the greek isles or italian coast, and don't have the bucks to get there, I would wonderfully recommend this sweet lovely place. very romantic and idyllic indeed. for groupons baby!!! 

hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 
love Katie 


  1. I LOVE Catalina Island!!! I have been there several times, staying in Avalon and camping! So fun! And, I completely agree, it is like relocating to another world! So happy you had fun!

    Hope you have a great week!


  2. PS- you are a travel fiend like me! LOVE IT!!!

  3. Thank you for your sweet comment! Your blog is beautiful, and your wedding looked absolutely stunning! Looking forward to following your blog!

  4. I found your blog from my friend Anna Norman (in Portland) and was excited to see you live in Orange County as well! So fun! I have been meaning to go to Catalina lately too, I haven't been in years and can't wait to get back there! Your weekend looked so fun!

  5. It looks like you guys had so much fun! I'm glad it was a great weekend!

  6. Wow!! This is so beautiful! I had no idea.
    And parasailing?! You are so brave! Was it scary being up in the air like that?

    Your pictures are lovely. It looks like you guys had a blast!


  7. how fun!! love the pictures - you guys are so cute!!

  8. katie! great job with the pictures- did you use pete's camera? it looks absolutely gorgeous!! love you

  9. 1. I love you two
    2. Your photos are gorgeous
    3. Looove catalina
    4. So happy my snail mail finally made it to you love!!

  10. OH my goodness your blog is precious!! Love it, so happy to be a new follower!
    xo, Jessica

  11. Lovin' your blog and can't wait to keep up with you adventures! What a fun weekend get-away!

    Consider me your newest follower,


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