A Day Trip to Channel Islands National Park

Kris on the trail at Santa Cruz, one of the Channel Islands.Channel Islands National Park is truly one of the joys of the US National Park system, because even though it’s located off densely populated Southern California, it’s a bit difficult to get to. Which is to say, you can’t drive there. And to most Southern Californians, if you can’t drive there, it doesn’t really exist.
So, a park that doesn’t really exist for the masses is our kind of park. That’s why we went out of our way to get there.
Since we only had one day, we chose to visit the most accessible island, Santa Cruz, via an Island Packers Cruises boat from Ventura. (See below for more details.)
It was easy to book with Island Packers online. They advised showing up 45 minutes before our scheduled sailing time of 9 a.m. and since we had left our lodgings in Los Angeles in plenty of time, we had almost an hour to kill before 8:15, which we spent in a local cafe having breakfast. (Harbor Cove Cafe, located next to the…

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