Travel Vlog California Catalina and Joshua Tree
Two ventures in one video. The weather held up for the Catalina excursion. We took the ferry from Long Beach to Avalon. The primary reason for the visit was to complete the Aerial Adventure at Descanso, one of the island’s beach clubs. The Aerial Adventure consists of two beginner courses, two intermediate courses, and one advanced course. I wish I had photos or video of the climbing and swinging through the series of challenging obstacles. Avalon was quaint and reminded me of my trip to the Amalfi Coast. They can’t be compared per se, but I had nice feelings during my experience. It was peaceful to spend time at the port by the boats, watching the families create memories together. The ferry ride back to Long Beach ended with a rainbow. The very next day, we went east to Joshua Tree. In the desert ecosystem, I encountered many strange rocks with names and odd-looking cactus trees. I learned that Joshua Trees are yucca plants and are members of the agave family. The Joshua Tree is considered a monocot, a subgroup of plants that includes grasses and orchids. I saw Skull Rock, Hidden Valley, Cholla Cactus Gardens, Arch Rock and Split Rock, and the Hall of Horrors. Was I in the land of Dr. Seuss? I think so, until the coyotes came. There were actually a lot of animals that lived symbiotically here. But later, it was a beautiful night under the sparkling sky. I can now understand why people call it one of the best locations for stargazing and travel here from many miles away. Just a bit advice for travelers. There’s no cell service. Safety awareness. Stay hydrated. Wear sunblock. The SoCal sun is strong. At night, stay warm. Bring blankets. It can get cold. It is the desert. Thanks all for watching my latest travel vlog. Be well!