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The proposed group trip this summer is camping on Catalina Island or some other more local beach. Below is a list of possible dates for the trip, followed by some camping options that are available for each set of dates.  If you are interested in attending, please add your name to the list below, listing after your name at least one of the trip options, in order of preference.  '''Please indicate your interest by Friday, July 6!'''
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[[Image:catalinasky.jpg]]
  
<H3> Possible Trips </H3>
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The group trip will be to the Little Harbor Campsite on Catalina Island.  Trip information can be found below. 
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<li> August 22-24 (Wednesday - Friday) - Camping on Catalina at the Little Harbor Campsite
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<H3> Trip Schedule </H3>
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<li> Leave Caltech for Long Beach at 6:15 am Wednesday, August 22.
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<li> Depart Long Beach Downtown on Catalina Express boat at 8:30am (check-in by 7:30am).
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<li> Arrive at Avalon on Catalina Island at about 9:30am.
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<li> Leave on Safari Bus for Little Harbor campsite at 10:30am.
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<li> Arrive at Little Harbor Campground at about 12:00 on Wednesday.
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<ul> <li> Camping at Little Harbor Campground Wednesday and Thursday nights.
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<li> Activities:
 
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<li> Kayaking- we've rented two doubles for two days
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<li> Snorkeling (rentals available- see packing list for info)
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<li> Surfing lessons (we will bring 3 boards from Caltech)
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<li> On Thursday morning, a group will leave from the campsite to hike to the top of Mt Orizaba (2100ft), the tallest mountain on the island. Views of LA and nearby channel islands. 8 mi round trip. Return midafternoon.
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<li> Leave from Little Harbor Campground at 10:30am Friday, August 24 (check-out time is 11am)
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<ul> <li> Depart on Safari Bus at 10:30am.
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<li> Arrive in Avalon at about 12:00.
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<li> 5 hours in Avalon for exploring, swimming, hiking, or biking. (Lockers for baggage available)
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<li> Depart on Catalina Express boat for Long Beach Downtown Landing at 6pm (5pm check-in).
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<li> Arrive at Long Beach Downtown Landing at about 7pm.
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<li> Arrive in Pasadena at about 8pm Friday, August 24.
 
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<li> August 24-26 (Friday - Sunday) - Camping on a "local" beach
 
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<li> August 25-27 (Saturday - Monday) - Camping on a "local" beach
 
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<H3> Camping Options </H3>
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<H3> Little Harbor, Catalina Island </H3>
<P>The following activities are available at the Little Harbor and "local" beach campsites: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, surfing (plus lessons), scuba diving, and swimming. </P?>
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<P>The following activities are available at the Little Harbor campsite: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, surfing (plus lessons), scuba diving, and swimming. </P>
<H4> Little Harbor, Catalina Island </H4>
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[[Image:littleharbor2.jpg]]
[[Image:littleharbor.jpg]]
 
<BR> (some random picture I found when I searched for "Little Harbor Catalina")
 
 
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The following description has been copied from the [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com Santa Catalina Island Company's website]:</P>
 
The following description has been copied from the [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com Santa Catalina Island Company's website]:</P>
 
<P>Rated "One of the Best Campgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine, [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/camp_littleHarbor.php '''Little Harbor Campground'''] is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation.  Facilities and activities include BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, lockers, and kayak and snorkel gear rentals are available from Wet Spot Rentals daily.</P>
 
<P>Rated "One of the Best Campgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine, [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/camp_littleHarbor.php '''Little Harbor Campground'''] is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation.  Facilities and activities include BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, lockers, and kayak and snorkel gear rentals are available from Wet Spot Rentals daily.</P>
<P> The round-trip boat ride to Catalina is $50.50 and camping is $12/night/person. Gear rental and food is extra.</P>
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<P> The campsite costs $12/person/night.  Camping reservations can be cancelled with full refund if more than 72 hours before scheduled arrival. </P>
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<H4> Transportation Details </H4>
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<P> Catalina Express offers several boat rides each day from two ports in Long Beach to Avalon on Catalina Island.  We can get the round trip tickets for a discounted price of $50.50.  The [http://www.catalinaexpress.com/portLongBeach.php Downtown port] in Long Beach has daily parking of $12/vehicle and an extensive schedule found [http://www.catalinaexpress.com/scheduleFaresLanding.php here].  The schedule for the return trip from Avalon can be found [http://www.catalinaexpress.com/scheduleFaresAvalon.php here].  Full price round-trip tickets ($59) are refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before the first departure time. </P>
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<P> Once in Avalon, we will need to take a shuttle to get to the campsite.  The [http://www.visitcatalinaisland.com/avalon/tran_safariBus.php Safari Bus] links Avalon, Little Harbor, the trailhead for Black Jack campsite (the mountain), the airport and Two Harbors.  The round-trip ticket is $33.50 per person, and is refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before first departure time. </P>
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<H4> Local Beach </H4>
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=== Confirmed Campers ===
<P> Some options for the "local" beach are the Morro Strand State Beach, Crystal Cove State Park, and possible Malibu Creek State Park.</P>
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* Julia Braman
<P> The following description was copied from the [http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=593 Morro Strand State Beach website]. </P>
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* Sawyer Fuller
<P>This beach is a coastal frontage park featuring outstanding picnic sites. A three-mile stretch of beach connects the southern and northern entrances to the beach. Fishing, windsurfing, jogging, and kite flying are popular.</P>
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* Richard Murray
<P> The following description was copied from the [http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=644 Crystal Cove State Park website]. </P>
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* Andreas Ulbig
<P>In addition to the Historic District, Crystal Cove State Park has 3.5 miles of beach and undeveloped woodland, which is popular for hiking and horseback riding. The offshore waters are designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is used by mountain bikers inland and scuba and skin divers underwater. The beach is popular with swimmers and surfers. Visitors can explore tidepools and sandy coves. Crystal Cove offers sand and surf, rocky reefs, ridges and canyons - plus recreational opportunities - that appeal to everybody. State Park Rangers conduct nature hikes in the winter.
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* Mary Dunlop
The park features three miles of Pacific coastline, plus wooded canyons, open bluffs, and offshore waters designated as an underwater park. Crystal Cove is not just used by people who enjoy water related activities, such as swimming, surfing, sunbathing, scuba and skin diving, but also people who like to fish, mountain bike and hike. </P>
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* Elisa Franco
<P>Info on the Malibu Creek State Park can be found [http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=614 here].</P>
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* Michael Epstein (refundable)
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* Dominic Rizzo
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* Nok (refundable)
  
  
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[[Trip Packing List]]
  
=== Interested People (order of preference) ===
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[[Pictures from the Catalina Trip]]
*  Julia Braman (1, 2, 3)
 
* Sawyer Fuller (1, 2, 3)
 
* Richard Murray (1, 2, 3)
 
* Mary Dunlop (1, 2, 3)
 
* Elisa Franco (1,2,3)
 

Latest revision as of 16:14, 5 September 2007

Catalinasky.jpg

The group trip will be to the Little Harbor Campsite on Catalina Island. Trip information can be found below.

Trip Schedule

  • Leave Caltech for Long Beach at 6:15 am Wednesday, August 22.
    • Depart Long Beach Downtown on Catalina Express boat at 8:30am (check-in by 7:30am).
    • Arrive at Avalon on Catalina Island at about 9:30am.
    • Leave on Safari Bus for Little Harbor campsite at 10:30am.
  • Arrive at Little Harbor Campground at about 12:00 on Wednesday.
    • Camping at Little Harbor Campground Wednesday and Thursday nights.
    • Activities:
      • Kayaking- we've rented two doubles for two days
      • Snorkeling (rentals available- see packing list for info)
      • Surfing lessons (we will bring 3 boards from Caltech)
      • On Thursday morning, a group will leave from the campsite to hike to the top of Mt Orizaba (2100ft), the tallest mountain on the island. Views of LA and nearby channel islands. 8 mi round trip. Return midafternoon.
  • Leave from Little Harbor Campground at 10:30am Friday, August 24 (check-out time is 11am)
    • Depart on Safari Bus at 10:30am.
    • Arrive in Avalon at about 12:00.
    • 5 hours in Avalon for exploring, swimming, hiking, or biking. (Lockers for baggage available)
    • Depart on Catalina Express boat for Long Beach Downtown Landing at 6pm (5pm check-in).
    • Arrive at Long Beach Downtown Landing at about 7pm.
  • Arrive in Pasadena at about 8pm Friday, August 24.

Little Harbor, Catalina Island

The following activities are available at the Little Harbor campsite: snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, surfing (plus lessons), scuba diving, and swimming.

Littleharbor2.jpg

The following description has been copied from the Santa Catalina Island Company's website:

Rated "One of the Best Campgrounds in the West" by Sunset Magazine, Little Harbor Campground is perfect for campers who enjoy playing on the beach or in the water. Located about seven miles east of Two Harbors and 16 miles from Avalon, Little Harbor is a sandy, beachfront campground with lots of opportunities for recreation. Facilities and activities include BBQ and fire ring, showers, fresh water, chemical toilets, lockers, and kayak and snorkel gear rentals are available from Wet Spot Rentals daily.

The campsite costs $12/person/night. Camping reservations can be cancelled with full refund if more than 72 hours before scheduled arrival.

Transportation Details

Catalina Express offers several boat rides each day from two ports in Long Beach to Avalon on Catalina Island. We can get the round trip tickets for a discounted price of $50.50. The Downtown port in Long Beach has daily parking of $12/vehicle and an extensive schedule found here. The schedule for the return trip from Avalon can be found here. Full price round-trip tickets ($59) are refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before the first departure time.

Once in Avalon, we will need to take a shuttle to get to the campsite. The Safari Bus links Avalon, Little Harbor, the trailhead for Black Jack campsite (the mountain), the airport and Two Harbors. The round-trip ticket is $33.50 per person, and is refundable if cancelled more than 24 hours before first departure time.



Confirmed Campers

  • Julia Braman
  • Sawyer Fuller
  • Richard Murray
  • Andreas Ulbig
  • Mary Dunlop
  • Elisa Franco
  • Michael Epstein (refundable)
  • Dominic Rizzo
  • Nok (refundable)


Trip Packing List

Pictures from the Catalina Trip