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 was outside watching. It was incredible! They seemed to be enjoying it as much as the people did. :-)
We saw so many pelicans I gave up trying to count them. One picture I am adding had at least 27 on one rock.
Santa Cruz Island is located about 20 miles from the mainland coast. At over 96 square miles in size the island is a miniature of the California mainland.
It is the largest of the Channel Islands it is also the most diverse with plant communities from marshes and grasslands to chaparral and pine forests. The island also has a native fox, not seen anywhere else on earth. We had hopes of seeing one but we missed out this time.
The trip was absolutely wonderful, we highly recommend it to everyone in the area. We will be leaving Ventura in the morning. Check back later for more from California.