I walked into another gift shop filled with seashells. The guy behind the counter, Eric, hands me a business card. He has his own little side business called Island Style Deliveries. Dependable deliveries to your home, condo or hotel. Delivering what? Well, he claims whatever you want, whenever you want. If you want tacos at 2 am in the morning, he'll bring them to you! Anyway, I thought this was handy information. He seemed eager to promote himself and was a very nice guy.
Wrigley bought Chicago's Cubs baseball team in 1916, three years after he purchased the controlling interest in Santa Catalina Island Company. In 1921, he began bringing the Cubs to the island for spring training. He even built a baseball field to match the dimension of Chicago's Wrigley Field. Every year exhibition games are put out for the local crowds.
To see and photograph wild buffalos you can take the "Inland Safari" tour from Avalon. But there's no guarantee you'll see any.
The attached buffalo photo was taken near a place called Echo Lake. From the airport (Airport-in-the-sky) it's about 1 hour hike to the east. Before you reach the lake there's a plateau with great ocean view. That's where I took the shots. You need a decent map to get there. I recommand the trail map from Santa Catalina Island Conservancy.
Fourteen buffalos were first brought to the island in 1924 for filming purposes. These must be very healthy buffalos because they soon multiplied and became a huge herd. Today they still roam freely on the island but the Santa Catalina Island Conservancy makes sure they are healthy and controls their population at around 300.
These cute little guys can fly! They are so agile. They can stay still in mid air or even fly backwards. In Catalina I photographed hummingbirds in the wild for the first time.
Here's some animal footprints. Four toes... could they be buffalos'? Possible. There's no other large-size wildlife on the island.