An Island Escape Where One Of The Things To Do Is To Do Nothing Creating The ‘Two Harbors Dilemma’
Have you ever been to a place where there’s a lot to do, but sometimes you want to do nothing?
A spot where the mental temptation to take advantage of all the activities before you clashes with the “no hurries, no worries” pace of the place that puts you in a I’ll-get-to-it-tomorrow frame of mind?
Key West and Waikiki Beach are a pair of destinations where this happens to me. There’s another one, too, which that is far less recognized and popular from a worldwide perspective: Two Harbors on Catalina Island in Southern California.
I call it the “Two Harbors dilemma.”
On the one hand, I want to plunge into the tempting blue water of the cove and swim, paddle and kayak through the harbor. Get on a bike and ride along the cliffs to the other harbors and take in the spectacular scenery of interesting rock formations while looking out to the deep, blue Pacific.
On the other hand, I want to stay on land and simply admire the beauty, taking in the dramatic difference of the dusty brown hills against the blue water, seeing the sailboats bob up and down on their mooring balls and observe people paddling in the calm harbor.
I am in in flip flops, haven’t shaved since I arrived and have been wearing the same bathing suit, which is always slightly damp. The only “activity” I want to partake in is having Buffalo Milks from the deck of the Harbor Reef bar while staring out at the scenery.
This is why I like to spend three days on Two Harbors. That way, I can be both active and inactive at my leisure.
From an active standpoint, I sure do get pumped up when I do the bike ride along the western end of Catalina Island and love mingling with the boaters while paddling on a kayak or a board. Heck, sometimes those on the boats will toss a beer down to me or hand me one from one of their floating contraptions; on one trip a huge inflatable sofa or sorts was tethered to a boat.
Here are photos of myself enjoying Two Harbors, both on the go and just relaxing at the Harbor Sands palapas. It is a photo journal of a three-day camping trip to properly illustrate this travel journey.