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.
National Geographic Venture
The most beautiful day of the trip broke just opposite Catalina Island and cast a gorgeous glow onto the town of Avalon. We went ashore into the bustling harbor and made our way into town. Some chose to find their own way through the streets amid the golf carts, while others took a walk up to the botanical gardens or the historic casino. Afterwards we returned to National Geographic Venture and set sail to the other side of Catalina Island for some more wild activities. We landed at Little Harbor and set up a beach party. Some opted for guided kayaking, some sprung for a long hike. Still others enjoyed their own meanderings on the beach or margaritas served onshore by the bar team. The sun set in a glorious Southern California fashion and closed out a beautiful trip.