John & Anne Wiley

2012/10/12

Tough Call

We took some time deciding whether to chance the return flight from Catalina, or stay the night in Two Harbors. In the end we decided to try for it, and worst case spend the night in our tent at the airport hoping clouds would clear the next day. So on the long bus ride, we were discouraged to see this as we passed Little Harbor and started the climb up to the airport.

0805 Ominous Clouds

0805 Ominous Clouds

Luck was with us though, and the airport was clear. Five minutes after takeoff, we were back where the bus had started 45 minutes before we got to Tripp.

0813 Two Harbors

0813 Two Harbors

We waved our wings to our friends on their boat in Isthmus Cove on the right, and decided to fly around the island one last time for an aerial tour.

0851 Clearer Catalina

0851 Clearer Catalina

Even though there were clouds here and there, this view as we passed the eastern tip was much clearer than what had greeted us approaching from the same direction the day before. How many memories and fun moments we’d enjoyed! After we’d passed the other end on our brief tour, we circled Avalon beginning our climb for the crossing to L.A. for our flight home.

0897 Leaving Avalon

0897 Leaving Avalon

We savored the variety of things we’d done in just one day on this unusual island, and after an hour of beautiful vistas Tripp had brought us home. I love to fly! 😀

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