Endless, pristine beaches with no one on them (click/tap to enlarge).
My son chooses a favored spot,
and prepares to take a very long nap.
Santa Rosa Island,
in Channel Islands National Park in Southern California,
is like a distant, undiscovered paradise. It is only a three hour bumpy small boat ride from mainland California, but it feels worlds away.
It is the only place in the world, besides my hometown in La Jolla, where Torrey Pine Tree forests grow naturally.
This is our boat leaving Santa Rosa Island with Santa Cruz Island in the background. The islands are suprisingly large, unpopulated and completely undeveloped. The waters around them team with wildlife, including blue whales and the largest population of multiple species of dolpins in the world. Super pods are often encountered here and I have been in the midst of them several times, including yesterday, which is a thrilling experience. I will show you some dolphin and whale photos soon.
Wild flowers are still growing profusely in mid-June!
The islands are home to lots of fauna too, including Channel Islands Foxes, which live no where else in the world, are tiny, adorable, and unafraid of humans. Photos of them soon.
What the islands may lack in modern conveniences,
they make up for in spades with unspoiled splendor.
Cheers to you from Santa Rosa Island~