|Ron and Ann, my mother|
My husband is the greatest. He is always looking for fun events that can include my mother. Living with a person who is limited to a wheelchair teaches you how hard it is to get around. The world is still very limited in where they can go. But Ron sees such things as challenges so he got the idea that my mother might enjoy getting on a boat and seeing the flying fish that she grew up with when she was a child. He went down to Afishinados and talked to Karen and John about getting my mother on their amazing yacht for a night tour to see the flying fish.
|Can hold up to 49 people|
|Captain John who is also a chaplain and does weddings on his boat as well|
The Flying Fish are revered here on the island and as many times as I have been here I have never seen a flying fish. I learned why. They come here to the island to spawn among the abundant kelp fields here in our waters. They only come out at night and if you shine a flashlight at the water they are attracted to the light and will jump up and literally fly low over the ocean for varying lengths of time. They are a favorite food of the fun loving sea lions so they have adapted an amazing escape strategy. Their side fins have evolved into these incredible large fins that literally catch the wind like a sail on a boat. They use their powerful tails to gain speed and momentum to propel them out of the water and then their incredible fins catch the wind and it carries them off to safety in a different location away from incoming sea lions. Sometimes its just a short hop but other times they will catch a great wind and they will fly over their water for great distances.
|We are pretty excited to get this show on the road|
|Ron taking a shot from the upper deck|
|a place to sit out of the wind and of course wine and beer|
John and Karen are long time residences of Catalina and they were only all too willing to help a fellow islander. So we met the “Catallac” at 8 o’clock and there were plenty of people that just grabbed a hold of my mothers chair and got her on the boat. We got a great place on the back of the boat and off we went. As we pulled away I marveled at how beautiful the twinkling lights of Avalon looked and Karen reminded me of my good fortune when she said “We are so lucky to live here!!” This came from a woman that was born and raised here and has lived here her whole life. The Island is absolutely magical and enthralls long time residents and tourists alike. I hope I never take her for granted.
|You never get sick of looking at it|
|The harbor that is absolutely breath taking lit up|
|Our beloved casino|
|Too beautiful to look away even for a minute|
|A sunset and the low level clouds,….California eddy….that contribute to our moderate temperatures|
|Tracking fish with my flashlight|
|I was getting into it|
|Brilliant blue even in the night|
|Little jewels of the sea|
There is nothing like being on the water at night. Its so serene and mysterious. We had a small sliver of a moon that shone brightly and upon occasion we’d see lights from a boat moored off shore or from the lights on shore at various camps and other secluded areas. Finally John turned on his lights and told us to do the same and not only were there tons of Flying Fish but now we had the sea lions involved here too. The sea lions have learned to use the lights of our boat to track the fish and for a short time it was a feeding frenzy as sea lions flew out of the water with a mouth full of fish. It was incredible! It was as if I was in the middle of a filming for Animal Planet or the Discovery Channel.
|A shot to show their incredible fins that allow them to take flight|
|Just missed it….a sea lion flying out of the water with a mouthful of fish|
After a short time john suggested we turn off our lights to stop aiding the sea lions in their feeding frenzy. I was impressed that he didn’t want to abuse his knowledge of the behavior patterns of both prey and aggressor but it was nice knowing the sea lions had a good meal for the night.
Ron tried his best to capture such moments on his camera but trying to capture something at night that happens in a blink of an eye is near impossible however he did get some impressive shots non the less that I am pleased to share with you.
|Even more beautiful coming home|
|A Perfect Night|
If any of you come to visit before October when the fish move on until next year I will definitely be taking you on this incredible boat experience. I know I will never take it for granted. I especially want to thank Karen and John for one of the best nights of my life and for working with my mother. You will get a lot of business from me.