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Channel Islands National Park

Posted by on June 26, 2017

The Channel Islands are a group of 8 islands off of the coast of California. We decided to visit Santa Cruz Island, the largest with 61,972 acres and most easily accessible of the islands.  A central valley splits the island along a fault.  We had originally planned to tour CINP by sea kayak but changed our minds and instead just went for a half day tour.  We left at 1pm with the island concessionaire, Island Packers for the 1 hour boat ride.  The seas were rough and we were headed straight into them making for a choppy ride out.  We made landing at the Scorpion Anchorage cove and our family went straight into a hike on the 2 mile Cavern Point Loop Trail.  We hiked clockwise to avoid the steep climb and enjoyed fantastic coastal views from Cavern Point and along the last half of the trail.  The island fox were near the beach and were very adept at opening backpacks for accessible snacks.  We hope to make it back to these beautiful islands one day for sea kayaking in the caves and an overnight stay.  The boat ride back was much smoother and we saw dozens of dolphin on the ride back.  We rested up back at the RV watching some TV and getting caught up this evening.  Tomorrow we are off further North up the coast.

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