We drove on Memorial Day to Long Beach, CA to catch a ferry to the lovely Catalina Island! We were traveling with our good friends Maria and Scott Gates, and their kids Kinley and Emery. We rented an amazing house with unbelievable views (71 stairs to our door however) and were able to cookout, make glorious breakfast meals and enjoy cocktails on the deck after kids went to bed. We spent 3 nights on the island and it was truly a great fun and relaxing trip. The first day we spent at a private beach on our chaise lounges, ate ice cream and walked around this quaint town. The second day we toured the historical casino and did paddleboats. The third day the kids spent more time playing on the beach and we watched them and couldn't believe this is our life - surrounded by such joy. On the hour long ferry ride back to mainland the boat was slowed so we could gather and watch 50+ dolphins play in the waves of our boat! Then we headed to our hotel in Anaheim to continue the fun with the Gates family - as they showed us the ropes at their beloved DISNEYLAND!