Saturday, June 23, 2018

Catalina Island #4

Avalon, Catalina Island

Research for SLICK DEAL

                    We spent five days in Avalon, on Catalina Island to research our latest book, SLICK DEAL the fourth in the Skylar Drake Murder Mystery series.
          Today was our last full day on the island, so we made the most of it:

We went to the Catalina Museum, got some good information on the life and times of Avalon in 1950s. Avalon was quite a playground for the rich and famous of Los Angeles and Hollywood in the 1940s and 50s.

          After lunch, we strolled downtown and pinpointed spots for specific scenes, car chases, etc.  Also, we identified areas for our character’s homes.

We packed ready to leave tomorrow morning.
Catalina is well known for birds that swim and fish that fly. Here is a what they are talking about:

The California flying fishCheilopogon pinnatibarbatus californicus, is a subspecies of Pacific flying fish. It may grow up to 15 inches (38 cm) in length and is the largest member of the flying fish family. It is found in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, from Oregon to Baja California. As with all other flying fish, they can't actually fly, they launch themselves into the air, using its specially adapted fins to glide along the surface.

Cormorants (birds that swim) Phalacrocoracidae is a family of some 40 species of aquatic birds. A large diving bird with a long neck, long hooked bill, short legs, and mainly dark plumage. They are known to breeds on coastal cliffs and have a voracious appetite. They are excellent divers, and underwater they propel themselves with their feet and with help of their wings.

Night time Avalon
We walked along the coast and watched the sunset. It was a lovely ending to our research trip

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