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Channel Islands National Park

On a sunny weekend of July 2008 I went on for a three day excursion to Santa Cruz island in Channel Islands national park. Me and about a dozen or so people from a meetup group went on a Island Packers boat ride of just over an hour to arrive at Scorpion bay on the largest island of the NP. The campground is less than a mile from the harbor thus many people on the boat were caring large items such as ice chests to the campground making it feel more like car camping vs. backpacking. I guess the proper description would be boat camping. On the first day of my visit to the island I went on snorkeling in and around the Scorpion bay and for a short hike of about three miles to watch the sunset over Pig's bay. On the second day I went on another snorkeling trip this time trying to swim a bit further and try to check out some of the sea caves. I managed to go into some caves, however, most caves are best explored with a kayak unless you like swimming long distances. Next time when I am here I will explore with a kayak. Maybe even I go as far as Prisoner's harbor and check out the painted cave which is the largest sea cave in the world. After snorkeling I went on for a hike to Chinese bay which was almost 18 mile round trip hike which ended this exciting day. On the last day I went for a 12 mile round trip hike to the Smuggler's cove and an overlook to its right. Compared to the Chinese harbor the Smuggler's cove was not very exciting. Another boat trip and I was back on the mainland, with some views of whales thrown in.

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whale swimming 3
whale swimming 3
whale swimming 2
whale swimming 2
whale swimming 1
whale swimming 1
whale splash from going up in the air
whale splash from going up in the air
whale exchailing 3
whale exchailing 3
whale exchailing 2
whale exchailing 2
whale exchailing 1
whale exchailing 1
water is clear and you can see the ocean floor around 15ft deep here
water is clear and you can see the ocean floor around 15ft deep here
view just above the upper campsite
view just above the upper campsite
very steep rock around pig bay on sant cruz island
very steep rock around pig bay on sant cruz island
underwater caves in the clif just to the right of scorpion bay on santa cruz island
underwater caves in the clif just to the right of scorpion bay on santa cruz island
some of the higher 1600ft peaks of Santa Cruz island largest one in the interior of the island is almost 2500ft
some of the higher 1600ft peaks of Santa Cruz island largest one in the interior of the island is almost 2500ft
smugglers cove from overlook at santa cruz isalnd
smugglers cove from overlook at santa cruz isalnd
santa cruz island scorpion bay from the right bank
santa cruz island scorpion bay from the right bank
santa cruz island fox 3
santa cruz island fox 3
santa cruz island fox 2
santa cruz island fox 2
santa cruz island fox 1
santa cruz island fox 1
santa cruz island cost line
santa cruz island cost line
sant cruz island from pig bay overlook
sant cruz island from pig bay overlook
sant cruz island cost just before sunset
sant cruz island cost just before sunset
sail boats from the left of the scorpion bay on santa cruz island
sail boats from the left of the scorpion bay on santa cruz island
sail boats at a small bay to the right of scorpion bay on santa cruz island in channel islands national park california
sail boats at a small bay to the right of scorpion bay on santa cruz island in channel islands national park california
sail boat
sail boat
our motor boat
our motor boat
more sea caves at santa cruz isalnd
more sea caves at santa cruz isalnd
more fog over the hills
more fog over the hills
looking towards the ocean
looking towards the ocean
little valleys on sant cruz island interior
little valleys on sant cruz island interior
large sail boat goes back towards califronia cost
large sail boat goes back towards califronia cost
large fraighter moving few miles from the cost of sant cruz island
large fraighter moving few miles from the cost of sant cruz island
its a long way down towards the bay
its a long way down towards the bay
it looks like the water is cold
it looks like the water is cold
from overlook to the right of smugglers cove on santa cruz island
from overlook to the right of smugglers cove on santa cruz island
fog rolling over the hills of Santa Cruz island
fog rolling over the hills of Santa Cruz island
fog over hills of sant cruz island
fog over hills of sant cruz island
day is almost over at bay of pigs
day is almost over at bay of pigs
another place to park your sail boat on sant cruz island
another place to park your sail boat on sant cruz island
another look at the mini mountain range
another look at the mini mountain range
anacapa island see over rolling hills
anacapa island see over rolling hills
anacapa island from the scorpion bay overlook of santa cruz island
anacapa island from the scorpion bay overlook of santa cruz island
abandomed oil scouting drill
abandomed oil scouting drill
 

Album created on 2008-07-27 and last updated on 2008-07-27