This morning I went ashore on the first tender into the City of Avalon on the island of Santa Catalina. It was a fairly cool morning with overcast skies. The city and harbor look like a bowl and there were two obvious places to hike for a scenic view. First I walked through town and hiked up to the Chimes Tower (after missing a turn and walking an extra ¾ mile uphill). It was a lovely view from up there and a nice walk. I thought of my friends Mike & Janet who just left the ship. We hiked together on numerous occasions. I walked back down into town and ran into my friends Aart & Yvonne. We decided to hike up the other side to Mt Ada. Again, it was a nice walk and even a more scenic view. The town is lovely with a number of significant highlights like the Casino, a 12 story ballroom and the Holly Hill House with its pointy red & green roof built in 1890. The whole town is very picturesque. It was a lovely day!