Ferry to Channel Islands NP

I’m a weekend travel junkie. There is nothing better that planning a four day extended weekend getaway. Am I right?

Since my brothers both live in southern Cali, I frequent the area alternating the plentiful arrival airports based solely on the best price. The only Cali National Park I hadn’t checked off my bucket list was the remote Channel Islands. As I close in on visiting all the National Parks in the lower 48 states, this was my 44th of 53 (there are another 10 between Alaska & Samoa/HI). So I tacked on a day at the front end of another family visit to snag a seat on the ferry, which is the only way to access the islands.

The one hour boat ride was very eventful, as we were treated to a wildlife showcase. We captured sea otters piling on a buoy to stay warm, numerous species of birds migrating through the area and schools of dolphins jumping through our wake.

With only 50 guests onboard on an overcast day, we all jumped off at the dock to get lost on the single track trails winding along the dramatic coastal cliffs. The island was rugged and unspoiled…. the perfect place to decompress and enjoy a day of solitude to just think.

Without any commercial amenities, everyone brought their own snacks and I thoroughly enjoyed lunch overlooking the secluded Potato Bay far below. After 6 miles of hiking, I even took some time to take off my boots and wade in the bitter cold Pacific water just as the coastal haze had burned off.

I had a ticket for the last ferry of the day at 4:30pm, as the boat whisked us away from another fairytale of an island getting further and further behind us with only memories left to share.

And I bolted for my 3 hour drive into the middle of the Mohave desert to get my fix of play time with my 5 beautiful nieces and nephews….. until the next adventure ✌️.

Published by elliottcm

Love adventure travel, work hard & play hard, happy in both extremes - relaxing on a remote beach or rappelling down cliffs, take joy in simple things, love being on & near the water, visited 55 countries & 47 states so far in this crazy beautiful life! Goals by my 50th birthday - 50 states. 75 countries. 50 national parks. Be in Antarctica on my big day.

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