The cheapest Island getaway I know of is Catalina Island. Hence it has become a Smart favorite. This trip we were lucky enough to have the usuals (Rick, Cher and Phyl) plus Beetle, Mindy and co.
Sunshine and smiles on the ride out.
The cousins were front and center for the boat ride. Notice anybody missing from the last picture. Beetle and Mindy played ditch the dummy on Sara.
It's official! Those shades have Grandpa status written all over them.
Ricker was trying to cut my grass as Caroline's "best friend."
Caroline and Benson were hoping to stow away for some real adventure.
The first thing the kids wanted to do upon arrival?
The beach of course.
Benson had to go potty. Beetle told him to go in the water.
He minds really well.
I can't resist Caroline, especially in polka-dots.
Ricker's fishing exaggerations are second only to those of his Irish blood lines.
Above is the catch of the day, complete with trick photography to help sell his story to anyone not present. Below is a legitimate photo.
Benson tried catching some ZZZ's.
Grandma Phyl-Phyl, the Matriarch of the whole clan.
She also tried cutting my grass as Caroline's best friend.
The submarine ride was a hit for everyone old and young.
Grandpa Ricker always treat's the grandkids to ice-cream and they make sure to all get Rainbow Sherbet so they don't have to share with Mom or Dad.
The Snorkeling Crew. People always think me and Roman look like twins. Try to tell who's who in full snorkel gear.
The only thing that is better than watching Beetle put on a wet-suit that is too little is listening to him shriek and squeal like a little girl as he enters the cold water.
Sara saw this picture and said "Dang we should have kept our sunglasses on!!"