- Posted October 2, 2013 by
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RAVERS SHOCK TOURISTS @ CATALINA ISLAND THIS PAST WEEKEND
It was my birthday weekend and I got a free round-trip boat ride over on the Catalina Express. I brought along my lovely daughter &her boyfriend. We were all just looking to have a relaxing, fun weekend in the sunny and surprisingly warm early fall weather.
Little did we know the onslaught of Babylon that awaited us! Friday, Sept. 27, the Carnival fun ship pulled away from the port of Long Beach, CA. loaded to the gills with assorted goth types, scantily-dressed females (who looked to me like strippers & dancers) and salivating men who undoubtedly thought they had found Nirvana.
When my family arrived Saturday the 28th, we noticed the large cruise ship anchored outside of Avalon harbor. We thought that it was one of those 3-day weekend getaway cruises that go to Catalina and Ensenada, Mexico and then back by Sunday.
We, all good Christians, were mortified when roaming through the peaceful streets, were partiers already loaded and swilling booze at noon. My daughter, her boyfriend and I jumped on the Avalon trolley to take a $4.00 ride around town to orient ourselves. I overheard one other passenger lamenting the booze-addled exhibitionists who were dressed in next to nothing. In fact we saw one women wearing pasties and a thong--walking down the street!
Later on, the bus driver informed us that all the action was part of a chartered cruise out of Long Beach full of electronic dance music fans that had come over for the night on Catalina. Later on, as the trolley got near Descanso Beach Club (where the rave was located,) dozens of drunken celebrants came running towards the trolley, looking to get on board.
They needed to get back to the dock area and start checking in to go back home. Loud music played in the background as people wearing bathing suits and drinking margaritas just ran on to the already full trolley.
I was sitting in the first row and a man holding hands with a women with dyed bright red hair started making out as they stood in front of me. I got an upfront view of this guy's hands moving all over this women's body but I think they were both too high to realize what they were doing in public. I prayed that the kids on board the trolley were not seeing this "get a room" behavior.
Now I am no prude and I think taking a cruise and hanging out for the weekend is a great idea. But the drugs, excessive drinking, and Ecstasy probably was not the best idea for this family-oriented resort.
At dinner that night, my daughter and her boyfriend were talking to a Descanso Beach employee who was clearly enjoying the many tips he received that day serving the party boat. He told them that "$40,000 worth of booze was sold this one day alone" at the Descanso Beach bar that sits right on the beach! That, apparently, was a record of some kind for the popular Catalina hangout.
So my quiet little getaway to do some writing and relaxing did end up having a boatload of exotica and spiciness, after all, thanks to these wild party people! Once the gang was all loaded up on the Love Boat back to Long Beach, many islanders let out a big sigh of relief. The old folks staying at the Pavilion hotel would no longer be at risk of a heart attack from the melee and things could go back to being fairly boring but scenic, once again.