Catalina Island

Oct 20, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

In the predawn hours under the watch of the constellation Orion, National Geographic Sea Lion slipped into Little Harbor on Catalina Island. Morning stretch class took place at sunrise on a gently rolling Pacific Ocean. After breakfast, Laura Menudo, a ranger with the Catalina Island Conservancy gave an insightful presentation on the conservancy’s mission and work on the island. Our morning hikers were treated to views of blueschist outcrops, fresh bison patties, and wonderful coastal vistas, while the kayakers and paddle boarders explored neighboring Shark Harbor.  After a tasty lunch, we cruised along the backside of the island to our afternoon’s destination, Avalon. A photography walk culminated with beautiful afternoon golden light encompassing the marina and the plethora of watercrafts. Guests got scooped at Scoops Ice Cream Shop, then worked it off while walking to the Wrigley Botanical Gardens. A lovely time was had by all taking in the colorful sights of this historical harbor community. We crossed the San Pedro Channel late in the evening, concluding our Channel Islands voyage. 

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Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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