Channel Islands National Park: Santa Cruz Island Wonderland

Santa Cruz Island is just about 23 miles off the coast of Ventura, California and accessible by boat. Island Packers is the National Park Service concessionaire who offers daily service to the islands. With the recent rainstorms in southern California, the Channel Islands are alive with waterfalls and blooming flowers. Hiking through the islands allows... Continue Reading →

Return to the Island: Two Nights on Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands National Park

This was my second camping trip over to Santa Cruz Island in the Channel Islands National Park. We again took Island Packers over for the hour and a half voyage to the island. Upon arriving at Scorpion Anchorage, we walked approximately 1/4 mile to our campground. Our campsite #17 was perfectly sheltered in a nearby... Continue Reading →

Oahu (Part 4): LOST TV Show Filming Locations

We were vacationing in Hawaii, why not find a few of the LOST filming locations? The locations were not really out of our way, since most of them were near where we spent a lot of time on the north shore. We begin with the house that Hurley bought for his mom with lottery winnings.... Continue Reading →

Oahu (Part 3)- Polynesian Cultural Center

Our visit continues in Oahu with one of the most advertised places on the island, the Polynesian Cultural Center. The center opened in 1963, and is primarily staffed by students from the local BYU Hawaii campus. According to some material handed out and several staff members, these student staff members pay their way through school... Continue Reading →

Oahu (Part 1) Waimea Valley: A Little Slice of Paradise

My wife and I decided back in the winter to take a trip to Oahu for our 14th Anniversary. This is her first time traveling to Hawaii, and my 3rd. When setting up our schedule, we wanted to have a balance of relaxation, yet not miss any of the "must see" places on the island.... Continue Reading →

Island Adventure: Camping on Channel Islands National Park

SANTA CRUZ (SCORPION RANCH)--- CHANNEL ISLANDS NATIONAL PARK My latest adventure took me off the road and onto a boat, traveling to the Channel Islands National Park. Specifically, I went to Santa Cruz Island (Scorpion Campground). Santa Cruz Island is one of five islands in the national park, off the coast of southern California. Island... Continue Reading →

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