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Sep 15, 2016 - Smugglers Cove

A Hike to Smugglers Cove Thursday, September 15: Scorpion Campground to Smugglers Cove and back Weather: low 60s and calm winds in the morning with sun and breezes in the afternoon. Last night's wicked wind died down sometime during the night. Route: From Scorpion Ranch we followed the Smugglers Cove Road/Trail to Smugglers Cove then returned on the Scorpion Canyon Loop Trail to our campsite -- about 8 miles round trip This cove earned its name from the contraband smuggling of sea otter traders during the Spanish and Mexican years...

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Sep 14, 2016 - Sea Cave Kayaking

A gorgeous day on the water Wednesday, September 14: Scorpion Campground to Scorpion Beach Weather: cool 50s last night, warming to 70s and sunny all day, ending with gusty 15-20mph winds in the evening Route: Kayaked southeast from Scorpion Beach towards Scorpion Rock to enter 4 caves, then kayaked northwest past Scorpion Beach to see 4 more caves. Although our day was bookended by two unpleasant events we were fortunate to have a wonderful day for kayaking. - Our young, upbeat Santa Barbara Island Adventure guides, Tris and Aaron, met...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Humpbacks, foxes and raptors

Ferrying to Santa Cruz Island Tuesday, September 13: Ventura Ranch KOA to Scorpion Campground Weather: Cloudy morning in the low 60s with RAIN (well...a few sprinkles that are considered rain here), partially clearing and warming to 70s in the afternoon Route: Ventura Ranch KOA to Ventura Harbour via CA-150, Island Packers Ferry from Ventura to Scorpion Landing on Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park How to have a great day: - Pack up camp early enough to drive through Ventura before rush hour. I didn't whine much about...

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Sep 13, 2016 - Channel Islands N.P.

About Channel Islands National Park This National Park, created by an Act of Congress in 1980, includes 5 of the 8 Channel Islands off the coast of southern California -- San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa and Santa Barbara -- as well as the nautical mile of ocean surrounding them. These 5 islands, isolated from the mainland thousands of years ago, have developed 145 unique plant and animal species found nowhere else in the world. Because its isolation is key to the survival of its fragile ecosystem, the Act ensured that the...

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Apr 23, 2013 - Channel Islands Natl Park

Today has to be the best yet of this trip. We took a boat out to Santa Cruz in the Channel Islands State Park and expected a nice ride (it was a calm day), a hike, and maybe to see some birds we had not spotted this trip. All of that happened pretty much as we anticipated, and the walk was especially interesting. The volunteer who led it told us a great deal about the history of the island, the damage done by the animals brought in by ranchers, the endemic species (nearly 150 including plants and animals) and how they are gradually...

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May 11, 2012 - Channel Islands N.P.

We had another one of those "wowser" days. We took a tour to the Channel Islands National Park. It took about an hour to cross Santa Barbara Channel from Ventura Harbor. Our catamaran landed at East Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion Anchorage. During our crossing we saw one Humpback Whale, several sea lions, one with a baby pup. We saw hundreds of dolphins swimming along beside our boat. The tour guide said they always come out and greet the boats, both going to the islands and returning home. They were jumping all around the boat and everyone...

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Apr 17, 2008 - The Channel Islands National Park

What a magical day! I remembered my lesson from Jessica (our 8 year granddaughter) as to how to set the alarm on the cell phone. For some reason, we were lacking an alarm clock on this trip - imagine that! Anyway, the alarm woke us at the proper time and we prepared for our day on the island of Santa Cruz in The Channel Islands National Park. The weather the past few days has been beautiful, but windy so we were delighted this morning to find the ocean relatively calm and with very little wind. It was still chilly so we layered our hiking...

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Dec 9, 2007 - Channel Islands National Park

The weather gods must be looking out for me. Today was beautiful, although a bit chilly for Southern California, and I boarded a boat for Channel Islands National Park. It had been rainy and the wind so strong the previous two days that all cruises had been cancelled. I certainly have lucked out with the weather. We sailed out of Ventura Harbor for Santa Cruz Island, the largest among the Channel Islands. There are five islands within Channel Islands National Park, but boats sail to only two of them during the winter months. Although just...

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