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another night in avalon

We've been in Avalon for a few days with our friend who just left on the ferry back to the mainland. I went diving yesterday and today, renting some gear from Scuba Luv which I highly recommend to any SCUBA folks headed to Avalon. 

My second dive was utility in nature: a quick brushing off the bottom of our boat for any nasty growth, and a changing of the shaft zinc. I had two fairly irritating run ins with the Avalon Harbor Patrol. The first was when I was on the surface in my dive gear with a screw driver and a zinc in my hand, and the guy in the patrol boat says "What are your intentions?"

I showed him the zinc in one hand and the screw driver in another, and he said "Okay then, just next time let us know so we know you're not trying to bomb the harbor or anything."

Not to question Avalon's finest in keeping their bay safe, but the run in is emblematic of what Avalon is: a tourist destination that keeps itself well policed and buttoned up. No one should be mad when they run into a place's defining characteristic, if that place was their intentional destination.

Tomorrow we'll probably stay in Avalon another night, and I'd like to get up to Emerald Bay after that, weather and schedules permitting. It will be nice to change the scenery a bit and encounter a bit more laid back and less officialdom riddled part of Santa Catalina Island.

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