SANTA CRUZ ISLAND. SCORPION CAMPGROUND / CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY (http://www.nps.gov/chis/ ): BACKPACKING & KAYAK TRIP
BOAT AND CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS CAN FILL UP FAST.
July 17-21, 2013 ( on the island July 18-20)
Location: 20 miles off the coast of Ventura, California, USA
I have been to all the Channel Islands, except this one. On this island, we can arrange for kayak rental (in advance only) and kayak through sea-life and sea caves. On my many trips along this coast, to get to islands further out, sea life has been abundant. Porpoises, seals, sea lions, pelicans, sometimes whales (though we most often see whales further out), tide pools, starfish, crabs, anemones, gulls, with cool temperatures and the stunning ocean environment. What a contrast to July in the Valley. This is a family trip. Kids and well-behaved adults are welcome.
YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY, AND YOUR OWN COSTS, and for getting to the boat on time.
Carpool/Caravan location: To be worked out in the “Comment” section, or on your own.
If you can drive/carpool please state that in the Comment section.
We will be leaving from the Phoenix area on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, to Ventura CA, and check into a motel, or you can get a campground. Early next morning we get on a boat for a ride into the Pacific Ocean to the Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary, Santa Cruz Island, about one hour away. Upon offloading on the dock at Santa Cruz Island, we will backpack one-quarter to one-half mile to the campground.
Since the backpack is short, some people bring rolling ice chests (45 lb. limit on the boat) and more well developed menus than a traditional backpack (stretching the concept of backpacking). You do not have to kayak. But if you do, be prepared for cold Pacific water, sun, waves, and (sometimes hostile) sea-life. Bring a light day bag for rain-suit, food, water, camera, sunscreen, on the day-trips. Waterproof that camera. A breathable rain suit is highly recommended, for wind, rain, and as an extra layer of clothing. There are toilets, showers, potable water, picnic tables.
I have a backpacking checklist, that I have developed, available upon request. You must bring EVERYTHING you need for your stay. There is NO store. Plan carefully.
Costs can be reduced by carpooling and sharing campsites.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 (morning); Depart Phoenix area and drive to motel, or if you wish, a campground, in Ventura CA. (About a 7 hour drive.) Four people in a hotel room, may be as cheap as a campground. (We may then visit Channel Is. Natl. Park Visitor Center (http://www.nps.gov/chis/planyourvisit/visitorcenters.htm ), and beach with outdoor, open, shower. Dinner is on your/our own.)
Thursday, July 18, 2013 @ 6:00 a.m.; Check out of motel, and drive to boat dock, check in, load gear, and off we go for the party/boat ride to the islands.
NOTE: At this point you are on “island time”. There is no rush.
Later that day: Arrive on the island and backpack (and some will drag) gear to campsite. Set up camp. This may be a good time to relax, cook, hike, explore, coast-comb, etc.
Friday, July 19, 2013; Kayak the coastline, explore for caves and sea-life.
Saturday, July 20, 2013 (afternoon); Get on the boat, and ride back to the mainland, arriving about 8:30 p.m. I’ll probably sleep in the area and drive home the next day.
ESTIMATED COSTS (DEPENDS ON COST SHARING):
The costs VARY, depending on how many people share what.
1. Gas/Carpooling; $ 25.00 (rough guess)
2. Motel (2 nights); $40.00 (with 4 people splitting a room)
3. Restaurants (2 meals); $ 45.00 (optional)
4. Boat; $ 79.00 (adult)
5. Campground; $30.00(up to 6 people, two tents, for 2 nights)
6. Food $100.00 (rough guess, for 5 days)
7. Kayak rental or transport: $See below; I may bring my own. (25.00 for transport.
8. Kayak guide; $ (available if desired)
TOTAL ESTIMATED: $344.00
STEPS YOU SHOULD FOLLOW TO TAKE THIS TRIP:
i. ACT QUICKLY. BOAT AND CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS CAN FILL UP FAST.
1. MAKE YOUR CAMPGROUND AND BOAT RESERVATIONS IMMEDIATELY, AND LET ME KNOW YOU HAVE DONE SO; OTHERWISE YOU MAY WELL BE REMOVED FROM THE “YES” LIST WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE. YOU DON’T WANT TO TIE UP A SPOT AND PREVENT OTHER MEMBERS FROM BEING ABLE TO GO. The boat and campground fills up with other people.
RSVP “yes”, ASAP.
2. Make a campground reservation,or make arrangements with someone who has a campsite, (Santa Cruz, Scorpion Campground / Channel Is. Natl. Park) by calling NRRS Federal Campgrounds
Toll Free[masked], or online at: www.recreation.gov . Pay with credit card. Cost is about $ $30.00/2 nights/6 people & 2 tents max. per site.
3. Contact the boat people (Island Packers,[masked], address: 1691 Spinnaker Dr, #105B, Ventura CA 93001, and make boat reservation. Pay with Credit Card.
a. You want to go to Santa Cruz Island, Scorpion Campground boarding on July 18, 2013 at 9:00 a.m., and returning Saturday, July 20, at 5:00 p.m.
b. You are with David Anderson, from Mesa/Phoenix AZ, and want to be all on the same boat.
4. Rent kayaks, if you wish. Go to http://islandpackers.com/WaterSports.html, scroll to Scorpion Anchorage, East Santa Cruz Island, see three companies on the right (Aquasports, Channel Islands Outfitters, Santa Barbara Adventure.)
Kayaking in the ocean is NOT for beginners, and is inherently dangerous. Having said that:
I question whether we need a guide. I think they stay in Scorpion Bay. We can do that.
Let’s firm this up April 20.
Let’s coordinate a kayak event for Friday, morning, fairly early, if we can, and other times if we have our own boats.
5. Make a motel or campground reservation. I may stay at Motel 6, or a campground. I’ll firm that up by April 20. Motel 6 info: [masked], 2145 Harbor Blvd., Ventura, CA 93001, USA).
Reserve for Wednesday night, and also Saturday night if you will be sleeping before driving back home.
6. Remember, it is your job to get to the boat on time. It/we will leave without you if you are not there.
WEATHER: Lows, about 55 F. Highs 85-90 F. The water is very cool (about 55 F).