Santa Rosa Island

Dexter Sear, Video Chronicler, December 2019

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  • 09 Dec 2019

Santa Rosa Island, 12/9/2019, National Geographic Venture

  • Aboard the National Geographic Venture
  • California Coast

What a perfect day in the Channel Islands starting with a 360-degree view from the middle of the Santa Barbara Channel. On our approach to Santa Rosa Islands, we were treated to a stunning view of the four of the Channel Islands and the entire Gaviota Coastline from Point Conception to the Santa Monica Mountains.

Some of us went on an all-day hike in the Torrey Pines Forest, while others took walks along the coast and Cherry Canyon. We explored the buildings and surroundings that represent the islands rich history of ranching. Many of us had a glimpse of the endemic islands fox during our walks. One of the personal highlights for me was seeing Santa Barbara Islands in the far distant only viewable on such a clear day.

The later part of the day we cruised further west to San Miguel Islands to see the white beaches covered in Northern elephant seals and California sea lions. After the green flash appeared in the sunset, we set our course towards Catalina Island. What a perfect day in Channel Islands National Park.

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