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Santa Cruz Island - Channel Islands National Park

Updated: Aug 28, 2019

August 2019

Mary and I have been talking about visiting the local islands in the Channel Islands National Park. We really have no excuse now since they are literally in our backyard, as Sarah Palin would say "we can see them from our house".

We finally took our first trip out today, first of many I should say. Stunningly beautiful landscapes and wildlife. Our version of the Galapagos with many native plant and animals species-specific to each island or the Islands in general. Preservation efforts have returned much of the land and habitats previously destroyed by efforts to raise crops, sheep, and pigs to their original state.

Close to the California Mainland...Yet Worlds Apart

Channel Islands National Park encompasses five remarkable islands and their ocean environment, preserving and protecting a wealth of natural and cultural resources. Isolation over thousands of years has created unique animals, plants, and archeological resources found nowhere else on Earth and helped preserve a place where visitors can experience coastal southern California as it once was. Read More


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