On Saturday, JoanMarie and I took a boat trip to the Channel Islands. I'm embarrassed to admit, but I completely forgot there were a whole bunch of islands just off the coast until I flew over them a couple months ago. (I guess I should've paid more attention during fourth grade California history.)
On our journey to Santa Cruz Island, we saw these sea lions taking a break from all that swimming.
Here's a pic of our boat after it dropped us off. (That's the California coast in the background.)
Then we began a 3.7 mile hike to Smuggler's Cove. It was odd, because even though we were on an island, it didn't feel like we were on an island. It just felt like we were hiking on some hills near a beach. But then we'd see a nearby island and remember how cool it was to be hiking on an island!
But even on an island, it's easy to get lost. (And yes, there were plenty of Lost and Gilligan's Island jokes.) Thankfully, they had really creepy signs like these to keep us on the right track.
Santa Cruz Island is part of the Channel Islands chain, which includes San Nicolas Island. In its honor, we brought a copy of Island of the Blue Dolphins to read from.
When we got back to the boat, I was feeling pretty good. Not only did I get in a good hike and visit a stunning beach, the boat was departing ten minutes early. That meant I would have plenty of time to visit Ralph's Comic Corner for Free Comic Book Day. (Yes, I did feel a tad guilty thinking about FCBD while surrounded by such beauty.)
But halfway home, the boat turned around and started following...a humpback whale!
As we continued our journey home, some other creatures of the sea decided to play with our boat.
Dolphins! It was truly magical.
And I even got to Ralph's Comic Corner with ten minutes to spare.