While we usually greet Monday mornings like two sprint runners
competing in the 100-meter dash, this Monday was different. Instead of
heading to work, we were heading out for a Santa Cruz Island adventure
with a day of hiking, nature watching and soaking up the seascape in
store. Having already experienced the island’s magnificent sea
kayak this was our first chance to explore the island on
"Island Adventure" waits at the dock while we get ready for the one
hour ride from Ventura Harbor. Weather is definitely in our favor
Passengers settle in while Captain Dave Corey, a 10-year Island
Packer’s veteran, describes the journey and introduces the
Captain Corey alerts us with an “uh-oh, we've got visitors…" when
two Humpback whales decide to pay us a visit before we reach the
island. We got some good video of them...
On land again at Scorpion’s Bay, we are free to explore the island on
our own after brief instructions from Channel Island National Park
guide, Marty Flam. We opt to join Marty for an informative guided hike.
out to Cavern Point bluff, we pass one of
the island’s two
campgrounds. Channel Islands camping is considered "wilderness camping"
since there are no services and you must carry in all your camping
supplies by foot.
Lichen covered rocks create interesting orange colored markers along
the winding trial as do the fields of bright mustard colored blooms.
They add a plash of spectacular spring color on the hillside.
the trail, we keep an eye out for the Channel Islands Fox. A
species unique to the Channel Islands, the fox is much smaller than its
mainland cousin. About the size of a housecat and unlike the mainland
fox the Channel Islands fox is frequently spotted during the day, but
she eluded us today.
150ft above the bay, Cavern Point provides a spectacular view of Santa
Cruz Island. We’re careful not to get too close to the steep edge and
find a romantic spot to munch on a quick snack before heading back down
down the trail loop, the view on this side turns out to be just as
spectacular, with Spring flowers in the foreground and neighboring
Anacapa Island in the distance.
By the time we get to the end of the trail, it's already time to
the Island Adventure, which has returned from it's last stop on Santa
Cruz Island, Prisoner's Harbor.
Dolphins race along side our boat as we cross the Channel back to
Ventura Harbor. We call this video "Nascar at Sea"...
As we re-enter the harbor, we are treated to a view
of Two Trees over Marina Park that you can't see from land.
bad for a Monday!