05: Catalina Island



Ho Ho Ho, fellow casual geographers. Merry Christmas. We trust that you’ve all been good this year, and because you have, we’ve got an extra special, extra serene episode here for you. We think you’ll enjoy it! And even if you don’t, I think anyone would agree it’s better than coal.

What’s it about? We’re glad you asked. About twenty-five miles off the shore of Los Angeles County, there exists a majestic island, full of breathtaking views, amazing beaches, tiny isolated towns, extraordinarily rich people, and buffalo (yes, that kind of buffalo). Our guests this week, our good friends Robert Cisneros and Julia Urcis, joined us to chat about their unforgettable experiences with this island. Robert is, in fact, one of the finest cartographers we know. Evidence below:

That’s right: he charted his own hike across the island and mapped it so you don’t have to. But that doesn’t mean you should deprive yourself of experiencing this wonderful place. If you’re in the LA area, head down to the Port of Los Angeles and hop on a ferry, or if you’re a hardcore ironman, swim out (it’s been done a bunch of times). But don’t just take the Descendents’ advice, tune in to this week’s episode and hear what our guest have to say about it. You may learn more about it than you bargained for. And that, my friends, is the greatest Christmas gift of all. Hope you enjoy it, and have a safe, fun, happy New Year!

Episode Info
Produced by Tyler
Theme Song by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music includes
“Swimming in Sand” by Buck-o-Nine
and “Catalina” by The Descendents (of course)
All Photos and Maps here by Rob A. Cisneros

[Update: I did wind up going to Catalina a couple of times after we made this episode, and it really is one of the most drop-dead gorgeous places I’ve ever been in my entire life. Highly recommended. I’m not proud of the graphic I made up top, but I’m not going to fix it up now. It’s been 5 years. – Tyler, July 2016]