The Ghost in the Machine Gun (Park) on Catalina Island
a Private Tour of Catalina
The locals refer to this patch of open land in the center of Santa Catalina Island‘s only town, Avalon, as “Machine Gun Park.” The name comes from the mounted World War I German machine gun standing out in the open space. City Park, as the grounds are formally named, acquired this memento of man’s inhumanity from the local American Legion post along with the metal helmet you can see below the weapon. Not that this is the best reason to visit Santa Catalina Island by any means, but it is something that caught our eyes as we were exploring the town as part of a private Los Angeles tour. We flew to the island by helicopter. All of our helicopters are twin-engine aircraft so we can safely and legally make the 23-mile journey from the Los Angeles shore over to the largest of the Channel Islands strung along the Southern California coast. Once on the island we can avail ourselves of any number of fun activities from sightseeing to ziplining, shopping to snorkeling, community activities to deep sea fishing. Oh, and there’s talk of a ghost in the park. Catalina Island is a tiny offshore paradise from where you can easily see the giant city of Los Angeles…a getaway without going far…a perfect luxury tour destination.