50/52 year reunion

Catalina Island, May 21, 2013

Desconso Beach, Avalon, Catalina, CA     by    Bill Lapham

From the Cameras and minds of those that were there.

On this page we will attempt to write notes on the Reunion activities that took place at Catalina Island. Photos of the activities will be posted to the Photo Gallery. Be patient.

 Some photos are posted at http://www.flickr.com/photos/30372209@N03/sets/  with many more to come

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The Picnic

The cruise ship anchored early Tuesday morning several hundred yard off the Avalon pier. We had a light breakfast at the buffet and watched the tenders, all four of them, transport passengers to and from the island. Unfortunately, the day was overcast and gloomy which didn't bode well for the picnic.

About ten clock some of us grouped up and went to the tenders to head for the picnic. Arriving at the Avalon pier we could see Desconso Beach not too far away. We meandered through town looking into shop windows and looked at all the goodies for the tourists. When we arrived at the beach we found that Fred and Trish Gereb as well as Henry and Margaret Dennis had beaten us to the punch.

By that time the overcast and fog had dissipated and blue skies and high clouds were everywhere. The beaches were becoming populated with sunbathers, kayakers, scuba divers and in general just tourists.

Some of our classmates had hit Avalon early and had taken tours around the island, but I don't think any of them went on the Zip line that terminated at the beach. The new Star Trek movie was playing at a the old Avalon Ballroom, which is now a museum and apparently a casino.

The catering crew had everything ready to go at 11:30. They had arranged the tables and umbrellas in seatings for 4s, so we promptly rearranging them all and sat down to have and very nice picnic.

We had hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, tamale pie and all the condiments you would ever want to go with it. There was plenty of iced tea to go around and the bar was about 10 feet away. Lunch went from 11:30 to 1 o'clock and we had stragglers coming in as late as one; but the catering staff joyfully took care of everyone.

I think that a good time was had by all. It was really hard to put an end to it but the last tenders left the dock at 4 clock in the afternoon so we all had to scoot. We left those that were staying overnight and some that were returning to the coast later in the evening.

The gang from the Cruise got back on board and I think most of them took a nap so that they could continue on with the nightly activity.

It was a very fun time, and it was so nice to spend more time with classmates that came over for the day. I think everyone agreed that it turned out to be a great choice for an event.   Lapham