Sunday, May 6, 2012

Twenty Six Miles Across the Sea

Santa Catalina is the place for me.  We fly there often since Joe has an annual pass which waives the landing fee and also gives us free fresh baked cookies.  It takes about 10 minutes from Long Beach and we generally pack all three dogs into the plane and treat ourselves to breakfast and a three mile hike on the airport loop trail.  And that's just what we did today.

There's a song about Catalina called "26 Miles" written by Belland and Larson in 1957 and made famous the following year by the Four Preps.  Here's the first stanza:

Twenty- six miles across the sea
Santa Catalina is a-waitin' for me
Santa Catalina, the island of romance, romance, romance, romance
Water all around it everywhere
Tropical trees and the salty air
But for me the thing that's a-waitin' there-romance
It seems so distant, twenty-six miles away
Flying over Long Beach for the 26 mile flight to Catalina.  That's our dog beach on the upper left.

 The tile and pottery that was manufactured on Catalina Island between 1927 and 1937 is one of the Island's unique historical treasures.  Click HERE to read more.

 I collected some dried up, dead branches today.  Thought they'd make a good display for earrings.  I plan to put them in some sort of pot and pour in cement to firmly hold them.  The only problem is it'll be cumbersome to transport.  Future project....I think so.

Ever faithful N7542N

 Getting ready to land at the Long Beach Airport.

Huge C17 parked outside of Boeing-Long Beach where they're manufactured.

 One of the Boeing C17 buildings is on the airport and behind Airflite which is the FBO Joe uses.

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