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Exploring the real, rugged Santa Catalina Island
Exploring the real, rugged Santa Catalina Island

Our Jeep rumbled along a steep road, climbing the rugged hills beyond this resort town. It was early morning, and a misty fog bank separated the island of Santa Catalina from mainland California, shrouding our view of sea and sky. But as we topped a ridge, a fat, yellow sun broke through, glittering on the 22-mile expanse of water far below us. "Welcome to the real Catalina," said driver Cesar Ocampo, braking to a stop so we could get a better look at the sparkling panorama. Across the channel, we could see the dark outline of California's coastal mountains, from Ventura County in the north to San Bernardino County's Mt. San Gorgonio in the east. The cities of San...

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