Old Fashion Romantic Adventure on Santa Catalina Island

Written by Carolyn Proctor

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A sign nearrepparttar check-in window reads, “NOTICE TO PASSENGERS - Road torepparttar 140530 interior is unpaved, steep, winding, narrow, bumpy & dusty (as well as scenic).” The big advantage torepparttar 140531 Unimog is that it can go on roads inrepparttar 140532 interior where big tour buses can’t.

The open-air Mercedes Unimog takes 12 passengers on a tour ofrepparttar 140533 mountainous interior of Catalina Island.

“Part ofrepparttar 140534 Canyon Road is still washed out fromrepparttar 140535 rains,” Dave announces. “We’ll do The Loop instead—my favorite road, actually.”

As we leaverepparttar 140536 plaza, Dave fills us in on some island history and trivia: Discovery Tours isrepparttar 140537 oldest tour company onrepparttar 140538 island, dating from 1894 when people traveled by horse-drawn wagon. The City of Avalon covers one square mile and is part of Los Angeles county. There are no home deliveries of mail; everyone has a P.O. box. Catalina Island gets 10 to 15 thousand visitors a day (summer). Six diesel generators provide island electricity. In 1921 Wrigley installedrepparttar 140539 first one. The Santa Catalina Island Conservancy owns a 42,000-acre private reserve, representing 88% ofrepparttar 140540 island.

Narrow winding roads lined with eucalyptus trees snake around steep hillsides. My husband says, “This is a one-gear road.”

Dave looks up to where a hawk glides inrepparttar 140541 sky. “We’ll climb several hundred feet. Inrepparttar 140542 old daysrepparttar 140543 stagecoach took 2 ½ hours to get torepparttar 140544 top.” He saysrepparttar 140545 first interior tour “was a day and a half trip to Two Harbors by stagecoach.”

We reach Middle Ranch Canyon andrepparttar 140546 ground slopes gently, covered with grasses and wildflowers in bloom. We’re approaching an American Bald Eagle habitat when we spotrepparttar 140547 big beasts in a nearby field—buffalo? No. Dave educates us that these are North American bison (bison bison). “To say ‘buffalo’ is to confuse them withrepparttar 140548 Cape or African Buffalo (Syncerus caffer).”

Fourteen head of American bison were brought to Catalina Island by a film company in 1924 for a movie version of The Vanishing American by western author Zane Grey. (Grey lived and wrote many of his books on Catalina Island.) Afterrepparttar 140549 film wrapped,repparttar 140550 bison were left behind. They did what any animal left to roam a nice place with food and water would do—they multiplied. Whilerepparttar 140551 Conservancy has determinedrepparttar 140552 island can support up to 300 head, about 120 are kept onrepparttar 140553 island today.

“How do you tell ifrepparttar 140554 bull will charge?” Dave asks.

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The Top 100 Travel Products That You Can’t Live Without

Written by Kriss Hammond

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Natural Linen Shades™ w/ Earplugs

Washable,100% light blocking blackout cloth creates complete darkness,Super soft padding cradles your eyes without pressure,Velcro straps secure shades easily and comfortably,Super-soft padding makes these a shade above other sleep masks,Bucky Shades™ cushion your eyes in complete darkness, stimulating your body s own natural melatonin production. This hormone calledrepparttar 140529 all natural nightcap isrepparttar 140530 body's sleep/wake regulator and plays a part in protecting cells, strengtheningrepparttar 140531 immune system, anti-aging, and alleviating depression. Bucky Shadesä won t leave you withrepparttar 140532 hangover effect you may experience with sleeping pills. Wake up refreshed, re-energized, and ready to enjoy work or play,Earplugs (included) store in handy pocket

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