Catalina Island : Part 1

For my mom's birthday, we surprised her with a day trip to Catalina Island!
She had no idea where we were going until we pulled up to the ferry.
We really had no idea what to expect or how the day would be with the two boys and my grandpa who isn't very mobile. 
But as soon as we got off the ferry there were bikes and gold carts to rent! 
(there are also lockers for those families *cough cough us* who bring down jackets for the ferry ride and don't want to drag them around the island when it's 75 degrees out :) )

Catalina Island is so incredibly beautiful.
Avalon is so cute with the boardwalk, cute restaurants, adorable cottages and gold cart lined streets.
The water is so clear it's unreal!
I will definitely be kayaking next time. 
We only had time to explore Avalon but next time we will definitely be making a weekend of it and renting a little house. 

{don't worry, Dominique is wearing a bathing suit}

ps. the ferry tickets are pretty expensive. we watched for discounted ones on groupon/living social, so I suggest waiting for one of those deals. Oh, and be prepared for some sea sickness. Shaney and another little girl were taking turns throwing up in the trash can for most of the way there. 


Tori G said...

So much fun! Great pictures!

brittany said...

i love your family so much, even though they'd be like "ummm who are you?" hahahaaaa! anyway, happy bday to your mom!!!

mary-katherine said...

looks like SUCH a nice day! glad you were able to enjoy it so much and definitely hope you get to visit again.

your pictures are incredible too!

xo mk

Christine said...

Beautiful place! Must be nice to spend a weekend there :)

Lovely pictures Nicole!

chantal marie said...

how fun! i absolutely love catalina! it is great for a day trip or a weekend away.

michelle said...

catalina is my happy place! you can sign up for a free boat ticket on your birthday. i am glad you guys had a good time!

Lauren Doxey Packer said...

I absolutely love Catalina island! I have been there with my family to the same place you went and went there for a week to a little camping in cabins part of the island when I was in 6th grade with my school!!

From Foothills to Fog said...

Um, I need your outfit! So cute! What a fun day trip! I've never been to Catalina if you can believe it! Hopefully we make it out there on one of our trips down to see Andrew's family. I bet your Mom had the best birthday, spending the time with all her favorite people in a beautiful place!

Sara Louise said...

This looks like it was a fantastic birthday surprise! I love how your family really seems to enjoy each other, that's so nice :)