11/1/2010 – The mini rigs of Catalina

Catalina is not a very large island. Something like 18 miles long by an average of 3 miles wide. So, you don’t need a Ford F-150 to get around. And, I noticed that dyed diesel, like we get to use in boats and other off-road vehicles, costs over $5.00/gallon, I can only assume that gas is equally expensive. And, come to think of it, I haven’t seen a single gas station except the marine fuel dock. So, like other things on a small island, the cars have adapted. Mostly it seems like everyone gets around in golf carts.

But there are a lot of way more interesting vehicles:

And, of course, the old (emphasis on old) reliables like the original Mini Cooper:

As well as the first Hondas to grace our shores back in the 70s:

There was also the occasional Smart Car which seemed right at home. Some of the little vans and trucks had familiar names like Subaru, but others sported monikers like Tiger Truck. Some had right hand steering indicating, possibly, that few were made for the American market.

If there must be cars, let them be like these little guys instead of like these:


About sryoder

Steve & Lulu... retired. Had enough of the cold wet dreary fall/winter/spring in the Pacific Northwest. Bought a boat, fixed it up, sold our home and sailed to Mexico in November, 2010. Been here ever since except for occasional forays to the States (summer only, thank you) to visit the kids, parents and siblings. If you're looking for a sailing blog, this is the wrong place. This is a traveling, hunkering in, eating blog. Sailing is just how we get from place to place when we can't walk.
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5 Responses to 11/1/2010 – The mini rigs of Catalina

  1. Anonymous says:

    While noticing your picture of the HUMMER I found it hard to believe that there are parking garages on Catalina Island. Seems Odd!!!!

  2. No, no, no…. the Hummer picture is just some stock internet footage. I haven't seen any parking garages, or Hummers, here. Sorry for the confusion.-Steve

  3. What cute little cars! I'd love to live somewhere where golf carts are the norm … one day!

  4. Cody says:

    Those cars are awesome! I love the old Hondas.

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