California's Santa Rosa Island

Oct 04, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird

National Geographic Sea Bird arrived at Santa Rosa Island early this morning. One of our hiking destinations was the Torrey Pines grove, a millennia-old relic of the Pleistocene era, when the island was cooler and wetter. Santa Rosa Island is also the discovery site of the remains of a pygmy mammoth and the Arlington Springs Man. Supporting evidence indicates they were found together on the island over 10,000 years ago. As we entered the quiet trail of Cherry Canyon, it was easy to feel like we had stepped into a distant landscape far back in time.

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Daniel Baldwin


An educator at heart, Dan finds great joy in opening doors for others to explore and connect with the world around them. He has taught marine sciences in the Florida Keys and on Catalina Island, and science and math in international schools in Mexico, Costa Rica, and the South Pacific. 

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