September 16-19, 2021
Our trip will be to Santa Cruz Island, the largest of all the Channel Islands. We plan to leave San Diego by bus on Thursday evening, Sept. 16, and will be staying at a Motel 6 for one night in Ventura. Our ferry leaves from the anchorage in Ventura at 8am Sept. 17, and leaves the island for our return trip on Sunday, Sept. 19 at 4:30pm. The crossing to and from Ventura usually takes about 1- 1 ½ hours during which we might have the pleasure of being accompanied by dolphins and other sea life.
Santa Cruz Island is known for its secluded coves and beaches as well as for its sea caves and hiking trails. In addition to hiking, depending on the temperature, people also may choose to swim, snorkel, or scuba (at your own risk). We will be staying at a group campground which is about a mile or less from the Anchorage. There is water available at the campsite as well as picnic tables and outhouses. There are no concessions on the island, so you would need to bring everything with you that you might need for the weekend.
One of the attractions of this island is the wildlife, especially the island foxes. However, It is very important that you not feed the wildlife and take proper precautions so that they don’t steal your food. Storage boxes are provided, but you might want to bring other hard sided containers in the event that the boxes are getting full.
There are hikes of varying difficulty on the island, and we will provide leaders to guide these hikes for willing participants. If you are interested in Kayaking, this would be for an additional charge. Guided kayak tours are provided by the Channel Islands Adventure Company, and their website is www.islandkayaking.com. We might be able to have a group tour if people are interested. Reservations must be made in advance since there are no actual rentals on the island.
This is a unique opportunity to explore an area which is different from what we are used to seeing. If interested in joining us, please watch the website for sign up information. Sign ups usually begin about 6-8 weeks prior to the trip. We will also have a pre-trip meeting prior to the actual trip where further information will be provided.
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Space: Limited to 45 participants (including leaders and assistants)
Registration Opens: TBD