The five remarkable islands of Channel Islands National Park preserve a part of California many visitors thought had long vanished. This isolated maritime sanctuary of natural and human history is a short boat ride from the urban cities of Southern California. The environment provides a serene habitat for many species of birds, marine mammals, wildlife, and plants - plus archeological sites that mark nearly 13,000 years of human presence.
Author Ken McAlpine stands in his front yard one night in Ventura, California, trying to see the stars. His view is diminished by light pollution, making it hard to see much of anything in the sky. Our fast-paced, technologically advanced society, he concludes, is not conducive to stargazing or soul-searching. Taking a page from Thoreau's Walden, he decides to get away from the clamor of everyday life, journeying alone through California's Channel Islands National Park. There, he imagines, he might be able to "breathe slowly and think clearly, to examine how we live and what we live for." In between his week-long solo trips through these pristine islands, McAlpine reaches out to try to better understand his fellow man: he eats lunch with the homeless in Beverly Hills, sits in the desert with a 98-year-old Benedictine monk, and befriends a sidewalk celebrity impersonator in Hollywood. What he discovers about himself and the world we live in will inspire anyone who wishes they had the time to slow down and notice the wonders of nature and humanity.
This two-sided map includes San Miguel Island, Santa Rosa Island, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara Island, and Anacapa Island. The map combines beautiful cartography that shows the topology and natural features of each island, along with hiking trails, camping spots, rest areas, notable ship wrecks, marine reserves, and other features to help get you around each of the islands. Large scale insets of Santa Cruz's Scorpion Area, Santa Barbarbara Island, and Anacapa Island show trail detail, camping, picnic areas, and facilities. The map also includes a detailed description of each island, along with safety information, regulations and guidelines, hiking information and camping information. Includes UTM grids for use with your GPS unit.Scale = 1:25,000 & 1:50,000 Size: 26'' x 38''
The Berlitz Pocket Guide to the Channel Islands has been fully revised and updated and provides all the information you need to enjoy these islands of natural beauty. Clear colour-coded sections enable you to locate the information you need easily and full colour fold-out maps provide instant orientation wherever you are. The most popular attractions are highlighted and include the charming towns of St. Helier and St. Peter Port, and the idyllic beaches of St. Ouen's Bay, Moulin Huet Cove and Shell Beach. Dedicated chapters cover each island of Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm, providing great ideas for day trips. The Channel Islands have a long and fascinating history, all of which is explored within the 'History' section, along with a timeline of historical landmarks for quick reference. Tax-free shopping, sports and children's activities are also covered, as well as a calendar of events detailing festivals, concerts and commemorative dates, ensuring you don't miss out on some of the Channel Island's most exciting cultural and sporting events. An 'Eating Out' section provides information on local specialities, such as seafood and dairy products, as well as traditional British cooking and influences from Europe. Accommodation for all budgets is recommended, along with other practical travel tips. Beautiful colour photographs accompany the text throughout, making this guide a pleasure to read before, during and after your visit.
Every day, thousands of Southern California residents see the California Channel Islands on the horizon, yet few can name all eight. Santa Catalina Island, third largest, is by far the best known. It is the only island with a city, Avalon, where dozens of hotels, shops, and restaurants await visitors year-round. Three of the islands are owned by the US Navy: San Clemente, San Nicolas, and San Miguel. San Clemente and San Nicolas Islands are used for military training, naval weapons development, and missile testing; thus access is restricted. Five islands fall within the boundaries of Channel Islands National Park: San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Anacapa, and Santa Barbara Islands. Close to the mainland and yet worlds apart, scenic day trips and primitive camping opportunities are available on all five park islands. With neither stores nor modern conveniences, a trip to Channel Islands National Park is a step back in time.
Beata Moore explores the rich heritage of British and French influences and the surprisingly varied landscapes of the Channel Islands. From Jersey, an island of opposites, where cosmopolitan city life sits easily with lazy beach holidays to the proudly different Bailiwick of Guernsey, where agriculture remains a bigger part of the island economy, and the islands of Alderney and car-free Sark and Herm. From bustling harbour towns, remote cliff paths, beautiful beaches and rural interiors, Beata Moore captures the diversity and uniqueness of this much-loved archipelago.
Author Ken McAlpine stands in his front yard one night in Ventura, California, trying to see the stars. His view is diminished by light pollution, making it hard to see much of anything in the sky. Our fast-paced, technologically advanced society, he concludes, is not conducive to stargazing or soul-searching. Taking a page from Thoreau's Walden, he decides to get away from the clamor of everyday life, journeying alone through California's Channel Islands National Park. There, he imagines, he might be able to "breathe slowly and think clearly, to examine how we live and what we live for."In between his week-long solo trips through these pristine islands, McAlpine reaches out to try to better understand his fellow man: he eats lunch with the homeless in Beverly Hills, sits in the desert with a 98-year-old Benedictine monk, and befriends a sidewalk celebrity impersonator in Hollywood. What he discovers about himself and the world we live in will inspire anyone who wishes they had the time to slow down and notice the wonders of nature and humanity. To learn more about the author, visit his website at www.kenmcalpine.com.
Comprehensive and authoritative, this guide combines and updates two smaller, long-trusted regional books to provide seamless coverage of the entire California coast from just outside the Golden Gate Bridge to Mexico, with special attention given to the popular offshore islands between Point Conception and San Diego. Brian Fagan draws upon more than three decades of experience sailing those waters under all conditions to offer the definitive cruising guide for both sailors and powerboaters.
A short distance off the mainland of Southern California stand five intriguing islands that make up Channel Islands National Park. On a clear day the islands are easily viewable from just about anywhere along the coastline, from Point Conception to the Santa Monica Mountains. Relatively few visitors make the trip by boat or by plane across the Santa Barbara Channel to the unspoiled shores of these five islands. Those who do encounter a windswept paradise rich in both human and natural history. In this remarkable volume, veteran landscape photographer Tim Hauf captures the flora, fauna, cultural sites, and dramatic landscapes of the little-known Channel Islands. Included are tiny Santa Barbara Island, with its teeming plant and marine life; Anacapa, renown for its lighthouse and sea caves; Santa Cruz, the largest and most diverse of the islands; Santa Rosa, former home of a robust Old West cattle ranch; and San Miguel, the westernmost, with its spectacular pinniped rookery and ghostly caliche forest. Also included is a chapter on the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary, a wonderland of aquatic marvels that encompasses an offshore distance of six miles from the pelagic edge of each island. This book includes nearly 150 outstanding photos, not only of the best- known sites, but those that are less familiar from spectacular vistas to absorbing close-ups. Tim Hauf s long-time collaborator Conger Beasley Jr. provides a descriptive text of the flora, fauna, and history. Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary is a valuable introduction to the astounding natural wonders that flourish just off the coast of Southern California.