After yesterday’s craziness, it was nice to have a day to sleep in, enjoy the island and hang out with T, Erik and Nerissa. After a big bacon-filled breakfast, we took the golf cart into town. Judging from the huge group of finisher shirts heading to the ferry, it appeared that most people were heading home today. Which meant we had Avalon to ourselves for the most part:
But that just means no witnesses to our silly photos!
Catalina has a bunch of crazy painted bison dotted around town:
Which means more photos…
After browsing in the cute shops for a while, we headed up to look at the Wrigley Memorial Botanic Garden. Apparently, I ran down this yesterday…
It was really interesting to see a botanic garden of succulents and other local plants:
I love how sculptural succulents are:
Nerissa in the garden:
We walked up to see the memorial:
It took me quite a while, because there were many stairs involved:
But the architecture was impressive:
As was the view:
Naturally, I made Erik pose on the Bridge of Science. (We never really figured out what made it “sciencey”. I figure placing a physicist on it certainly helped!)
All of that walking around worked up an appetite, so we headed back to town and stopped for ice cream. (Yep, I’m rocking the dorky compression sleeves in public.)
Our final Avalon activity was to go check out the old Casino building.
We’d originally planned to do a walking tour of the inside of the building, but they were having a special event and not offering tours. The Art Deco murals on the outside are quite cool:
The outside of the building is quite nice as well.
Then it was back to the condo for some lunch, a brief nap, some adult beverages and some croquet. The complex had a little court, so it seemed like a very pleasant afternoon activity. T set up the court and Nerissa ran the wickets to show us the course.
Her dedication to the art of croquet is impressive:
We had a very enjoyable time, croquet is a silly game. (Made sillier by us and a little alcohol… )
At the end of the game, Nerissa had us do a fun panorama shot:
The rest of the evening was filled with fun card games, (Cards Against Humanity, obvi, and a really fun game that Erik & Nerissa brought called “We Didn’t Play Test This At All.”) champagne/wine, delicious dinner and lots of laughter. It was a fantastic way to end an amazing weekend. We stayed up too late for our early wake-up call, but it was worth it.
The next morning we were up early to catch the 8:00 ferry. This meant one last sunrise:
Packing up and getting to the ferry was hectic, but we made it happen. Farewell, lovely island. Thank you for a beautiful weekend. Even the tough parts…
Good-bye, ridiculous condo. You were a wonderful place to stay.
The ride back was a bit quieter and more subdued than the ride out. Thankfully, so was the external temperature.
We killed a few hours in Long Beach. First at a great breakfast place and then a really cool coffee house:
Then it was time to say good-bye and head for home. Such a fun trip!