Offshore along the drive between Oceanside and Orange County, on a clear day, Catalina Island appears. Avalon was carved from the southern leeward side, and is faintly visible from the mainland. On my first trip there, I saw flying fish:
There's a restaurant in Avalon which will cook your abalone -- provided you bring it. I suspect you could buy some on the black market. Never tried.
lyrics after the jump
Now the party's over, I'm so tired
Then I see you coming out of nowhere
Much communication in a motion
Without conversation or a notion
When the samba take you out of nowhere
And the background fading out of focus
Yes, the picture's changing every moment
And your destination, you don't know it
When you bossanova, there's no holding
Would you have me dancing out of nowhere
There is huge 1920's dance hall in Avalon called Catalina Casino. I saw a movie there once as well.