So this year, on Black Friday, my family did things a little differently and went to Catalina Island. My mom (and everyone else to be honest) wanted to skip the lines this year and go on a mini adventure.
Black Friday is a tough day for me. On one hand, I think it’s the day that we should really be thankful for what we have instead of rushing out to buy more stuff. After all, it’s the day after Thanksgiving. Lately, Black Friday has even been starting “early” – on Thanksgiving day of all days! It’s one of those things that really rubs me the wrong way. I mean, Thanksgiving is a day to spend with families and if you start your Black Friday sale early, it isn’t even technically on Black Friday! Plus, all the poor people have to work. On the other hand, I am a shopping addict, so it can be hard for me when the thing I’ve been eyeing for months finally goes on sale. However, I’m a bit more of a Cyber Monday type of person.
This Black Friday was much different. Like I said, my whole family went to Catalina Island for the day. We spend the day eating, exploring, and we even got to go on a Zipline course! You read me right, a zipline course! There were 5 ziplines, each of a different length, that took you from the top of the mountain all the way to the bottom. I have literally jumped out of a plane, jumped off a platform, jumped off a crane, and yet I have never gone ziplining before. It was so much fun! It was everyone in my family’s first time too, so that made it even better. I was pretty proud to watch my parents ziplining right there with us. We even took our Christmas photo (in helmets).
To get to the island, you have to take a boat there, obviously. We took our boat out of Long Beach, but there are other options. The boat ride was probably about a half hour and I deifnitely recommend getting the upgraded tickets. You get priority boarding, a seat inside a special area, and a free drink included! Plus, the priority boarding and exclusive inside seating area is a real blessing when you’re coming back late at night and it’s cold.
Catalina Island was such a cute getaway and I already can’t wait to go back and see what else there is to do!