Stefanie & Zeinab read my post about kayaking Anacapa Island and wanted to do it. We booked a ride to Anacapa with Island Packers, but when we tried to reserve kayak rentals at the Channel Islands Kayak Center they said the winds were up a bit and tiny1, unprotected Anacapa wasn’t such a good idea, but that we could rent kayaks for larger and more wind-protected Santa Cruz island.2
I do think that kayaking Anacapa is a spectacular experience, but Santa Cruz is also a great place to kayak and filled with Sea Caves too. Plus you can’t really hike on tiny East Anacapa, but you can on Santa Cruz. So… off to Santa Cruz!
We left home around 6 or 6:30am this morning to make sure we’d be on time. Going on a Sunday rather than a weekday probably helped a lot with the traffic. After a long day of boating, kayking, and hiking, we headed home.
As soon as we started the drive home from Ventura, Stefanie and Zeinab passed out! Fortunately the driver (me) was uncharacteristically awake and alert.
- If you consider East Anacapa by itself, it’s the smallest island in the 8-island Channel Island chain. Santa Cruz is the largest. ↩
- Some of the 8 California Channel Islands, like Santa Barbara, San Clemente, and Santa Cruz, have the same names as cities on the California mainland. Don’t get confused! :) ↩