b'(\x04t\x1aodVISITING CATALINAS/ns\x11ole 1l\x1aernesWRITTEN BY ASHLEE POLAREKcamping on Catalina Island is a perfectkayak tour by Descanso Beach Ocean way to escape it all and enjoy nature. AnSports to Frog Rock. Along the way enjoy amazing campground for those ready forsightings of animals such as the Garibaldi, adventure is Parsons Landing. ParsonsHarbor Seal, and Bald Eagle. On a Landing Campground is a secludedguided tour, learn Catalinas history and beach campground accessed only bytake note of the Islands flora and fauna. CATALINA ISLAND COMPANYkayak or a coastal hike from Two Harbors.Or, explore on your own and find a quiet HIKING beach to enjoy for the day. Over 165 miles of trails wind throughECO TOURINGCatalina offering leisurely day hikesJoin a certified Naturalist on a Catalina and strolls to more intense multi-dayIsland Conservancy Eco Tour which takes backpacking trips. Day hikers should checkyou through parts of the Island that other out trails like the Airport Loop Trail, a 2.2- tours dont see. As you take in the Island BIKING mile long trail that begins at the Airport infrom an open-air vehicle you have the A unique way to see the Catalinathe Sky, easily accessed by the Wildlandschance to learn all about the Island and wildlands is by bike. For $35, cyclists canExpress Bus. Enjoy interpretive signs alongeven spot some of its famous inhabitants.pick up a Freewheeler Bike Pass, partthe trail that explain bits of Catalinas history of the Catalina Island Conservancylike the soapstone quarry used by the native Membership, at the Trailhead. With yourpeople, who called Catalina home. permit, riders enjoy 40 miles of CatalinaFor more experienced hikers looking for wildlands splendor. Biking around Middlea multi-day hike, the Trans-Catalina Ranch gives cyclists the opportunity toTrail is a 38.5 mile long, strenuous hike enjoy the Thompson Reservoir, a beautifulthat begins in Avalon and ends in Two lake in the wildlands.Harbors. This is one of the best ways to CAMPING really enjoy the Catalina wildlands. Stop at quiet and secluded campsites, and take For the more adventurous explorer,in the often unseen views of the Island. camping is an incredible way to see the wildlands of Catalina. With campgroundsKAYAKINGin the heart of the interior or along someRent a kayak or join a kayak tour to see of Catalinas most secluded beaches,the Island from the water. Enjoy a guidedCATALINA ISLAND CONSERVANCYVOLUNTEERINGWhat better way to connect to nature than to give back to it. Join the Catalina Island Conservancy on one of their many volunteer trips around the Island. Groups and individuals can volunteer with the Conservancy on various projects, including wildlife and vegetation monitoring, invasive weed removal, native plant gardening, fundraising, marine research diving, and more. There are even volunteer vacations where volunteers spend a few days on the Island as they help in the wildlands. Apply for a group or individual volunteer spot online on the Catalina A N I L ATA E C LOV Island Conservancy website. 56 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE'