Thursday, July 5, 2012

The Chronicler's Paradise

     It used to be that going to Catalina was just what I was doing; a present experience in my young life. Somewhere along the road it became something I have been doing for years and years. It's weird how that happens.
     I have so many stories from that island. Like going to Camp Fox with my dad for Indian Princesses when I was six. It was my first Catalina experience. I entered a logo design contest for the camp t-shirt. I drew a big smiling fox with huge round eyes, my dad said he was sure was going to be the winner. I knew he was proud of me for drawing that fox too, even though it didn't win. It was the way he held it away from his face with two hands and examined it with his happy eyes. 
     Then there was the first time we took our boat out. Since I was the oldest child at the ripe old age of nine I was, therefore, assigned to help my mom get the boat on the mooring ball (essentially a floating boat parking spot). My sisters Danielle and Maddie, who were six and four at the time, were too young to help. It was up to my mom and me to stand up on the bow and grab a bobbing stick that was connected to the rope we would use to tie the boat up. I remember pulling up the soggy yellow rope and then having no clue what to do with it. While my dad rushed down from the cockpit to assist his rookie crew, we nearly hit two other boats that were moored nearby. It was the first time I knew the meaning of "all hands on deck!". 
     After that, I studied how other boaters accomplished this task without error and committed myself to becoming a boat girl. Now, when I take that algae covered rope in my hands I feel empowered. I feel I can help my dad achieve something he loves - being on his boat in Catalina making memories. 
     And we made many new memories on this trip. Legends, a San Diego based stand up paddle company, gave me two boards to take with us, making a total of four boards so we could all paddle together. We tried to capture the moment using the camera timer, which really didn't give us enough time, hence this picture of my dad almost falling over in the foreground. 
     We made fish tacos on the boat on Friday night and played Guesstures. My parents kept saying things like "You're taking too much time to look at the words!" and "You're cheating!" It was hard to believe they were on the same team.  
     And the moon looked like a big white ball, lighting the night and giving us some of the best memories of all.
     On Saturday we played frisbee golf in town. We stood out in the fields, with the tall yellow grass tickling our knees and the wind telling our frisbees which way to go. 
     That evening we came back into the Isthmus for dinner. The wind was wrapping around the island and stinging our skin as we skipped across the water in the dinghy, but the sun was still fighting for our attention by painting the island in a warm red light that made all Catalina memories flood my mind. Most of those memories include my sisters and my heart ached in every corner for them as they were off having their own adventures and not there to share in ours. 
    After dinner, music began to play outside of the restaurant and like a flash mob people from every corner of town filled the dance floor. I felt ten years old dancing on those creaky boards. My mom and I even learned some moves to the song "Call Me Maybe" from some teenage girls. I've know this for a while, but the fact that my mom is now more like a friend of mine than a manager, came to my mind then. 
       On Sunday morning we hiked the Cat Harbor overlook road. It wasn't the easiest thing in sandals, but we survived. It was a new memory, and that's what we were here for.
Happy birthday Dad!

21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous photos! It sounds like it was a wonderful weekend.

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  2. That looks fun. The hike looks beautiful!
    When I look at your pics I realize how badly I need a new camera. ;)

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  3. Looks like so much fun!! The pictures of you guys dancing are my favorite :-)

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  4. Fresh fish tacos on the water? I'm drooling! And my husband and I just love to frisbee golf! Looks like a blast!

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  5. Great pictures! I think my husband and I are going to try to go to Catalina for our 1 year anniversary in October, we haven't been yet :)

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  6. All your pictures make me want to leave for a vacation immediately! They are beautiful!

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  7. I'm a new follower..i found you thru #FF :)

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  8. Just discovered you and your blog thru #FF. I. Am. Hooked. And I think it's because we lead such vastly different lives (which is a big reason I love to read blogs!)
    Love the Catalina photos/trip. Went once when I was in college (waaay back in the day....) and loved it, but the way your family experiences it is so real - every bit of it.
    I'm an enthusiastic new follower who will look forward to reading all about your oceany/beachy adventures - all the way in Minnesota!

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  9. What a lovely trip! I have never been to Catalina... take me with you!!!

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  10. 1. You are an absolutely beautiful writer. And I can tell that from one post and your about me page. 2. I found you through Follow Friday over at Hollie's blog. 3. I can't wait to continue reading along! oh and 4. I'm jealous of your beach life. ;)

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  11. what a trip! please take me with you nest time (:

    i LOVE that paddleboard self timer photo.. because my WORD, i could NOT imagine trying to take a self timed photo on a paddle board.. you've got skillz

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  12. That looks like the BEST time ever! Fish tacos on a boat AND Guesstures...I'm am jealous of your life!! Stopping by from the blog hop! Am now a new follower:) Would love if you could follow me back!
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  13. perfect perfect perfect everything about this is perfect! i haven't been to catalina in so long !! need to go! the water is incredible!!

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  14. Great pics. Have never been to Catalina but it looks amazing.

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  15. New follow - Kathy B.
    Hop over and join me your always Welcome!
    http://www.southernmadeintheshade.blogspot.com

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  16. I know I'm late in reading this, but I love this post. I'm actually kind of jealous that you live so close to your parents, that you're all so active to do things like frisbee golf together, and that your family is so close with Scott as well as you! It makes me really happy to see families like that!

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  17. looks/sounds like an awesome time! love that frisbee shot :)

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  18. And now I so wanna go to the beach!!! Can I live where you live?!!

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