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JULY 19-23 SANTA ROSA ISLAND / CHANNEL IS. NATL. MARINE SANCTUARY, BACKPACK.

David A.
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Mesa, AZ
JULY 19-23 SANTA ROSA ISLAND / CHANNEL IS. NATL. MARINE SANCTUARY, BACKPACK.
Anyone interested in a "BoatPack" (boat ride & backpack) onto Santa Rosa Island / Channel Islands Natl. Marine Sanctuary, an island in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of CA? http://www.nps.gov/ch...­
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This 5 day trip is one of my favorite backpacks. Porpoises, seals, sea lions, pelicans, sometimes whales, tide pools, starfish, crabs, anemones, gulls, and long sandy beaches and much more, with cool temperatures and the stunning ocean environment. What a contrast to August in the Valley. This is a family trip. Kids and well-behaved adults are welcome.

I haven't been here in two years, but the tentative plan is:
We will be traveling by caravan (or on your own) from the Phoenix area on Thursday July 19, 2012, to Ventura CA, get on a boat early the next morning, for an exciting ride into the Pacific Ocean to the Channel Islands National Park & Marine Sanctuary. Upon offloading on the beach at Santa Rosa Island, we will backpack one and one-half miles, on a mostly flat open trail, to the campground. This is an open island, meaning we can day-hike wherever we want, except for a couple of places that are closed for nesting. There are also hikes organized by the Rangers which work out well. The boat only runs on certain days, and the date of July 19 will give us low tide around late afternoon, during our stay, for investigating a tide pool.

Since the backpack is short, some people bring rolling ice chests (45 lb. limit on the boat) or more well developed menus than a traditional backpack. Bring a light day bag for rain-suit, food, water, camera, sunscreen, on the day-hikes. Waterproof that camera. A breathable rain suit is highly recommended, for wind, rain, and warmth. There are toilets, cool showers, potable water, picnic tables and a two-sided shelter/windbreak with roof for each campsite. You will need a sturdy tent. Backpacking checklist available on request.

The cost in Aug., 2009 was approximately: (Gas is higher now.)
1. Gas; $ 25.00 (rough guess)
2. Motel (2 nights); $150.00 (for 4 people)
3. Restaurants (2 meals); $ 45.00
4. Boat; $ 90.00 (adult)
5. Campground; $45.00 (five people)
6. Food $100.00 (rough guess, for 6 days)

TOTAL ESTIMATED: $455.00 (some of which is shared, such as motel and campground.
Estimate, per person, may be closer to $335.00)
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