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he five islands that comprise Channel Islands National
Park - Santa Rosa, San Miguel, Santa Barbara, Santa
Cruz, and Anacapa - have been described as the
Galapagos of North America, but definitions are boxes, and
boxes are restrictive. How can you box a wild and wondrous
place where housecat-size foxes scamper through fields of
Seuss-like flowers, elephant seals bellow challenge, and moon
and sun shine down on the untamed - while just across the
water, on the mainland, man goes about his busy-ness?
Channel Islands National Park (established in 1980) offers
magic on so many fronts. One of them is a beautiful paradox:
Here you have the wildest place, squatting just off the porch of
modern civilization.
From Ventura Harbor, Island Packers Cruises, the Park's
long and loyal (and sole) concessionaire, will whisk you out to
Santa Cruz or Anacapa, the two closest islands, in roughly an
hour. Not that the trip across the Santa Barbara Channel should
be discounted, for the channel is an oceanic Eden where you
might see Humpback, Gray or Blue Whales (yes, the largest
creature on the planet), all manner of playful dolphins, Orcas
and, honestly, who's to say? Nature is not a zoo exhibit, and
there lies the eclectic joy.

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