Are you visiting California or just looking to beat the San Fernando Valley heat this summer? Head out to Anacapa Island on the good ship Vanguard (operated by Island Packers) and take in the ocean breezes while watching pods of dolphins playing in the surf. Join us in this episode of California Living when host Lisa Keating takes to the waves with a paddle and kayaks on the ocean. Guide Mike Lamm, owner of Channel Islands Kayak Center, gives our crew an extended tour of the caves and waves in this family friendly adventure.
The trip out to the island took about 1 hour. We had plenty of time on the boat to build excitement and chat with other passengers headed out to Anacapa for snorkeling, diving, hiking and picnicking. The Vanguard dropped us off at the landing dock, where Mike gave us a quick and simple lesson on how to handle our kayak. Then we paddled off to explore the shoreline and caves of Anacapa Island! You’ll have lots of wild company on your journey, from Spotted Harbor Seals, sea lions, dolphins, California Brown Pelicans, to the Garibaldi, the California State Fish, Starfish and Comerants!
Our first stop was “Frenchy’s Secret Chamber,” a cave named after a pioneering hermit who lived on the island. Then on to various fossil sightings, including the bizarre Channel Island Pygmy Mammoths. We enjoyed beautiful scenery, more mysterious dark caves, and definitely made use of those kayaking techniques that Mike taught us! Here’s a tip: when it comes to the little falls (where you can get dunked), keep paddling and don’t stop!
This trip requires some stamina, but was suitable for an active mom and 10 year old child with no prior ocean kayak experience. Our cameraman was paddled around in a separate kayak (thanks Roxanne!) so we had lots of support for making this a trip to remember. Don’t forget to apply your SUNBLOCK. I had mine in the kayak with me the whole day, but never applied it to my arms and legs. Can you say ouch??!
Special thanks to the beautiful Pierpont Inn, located within walking distance of the Ventura Pier, historic Downtown Ventura and the San Buenaventura Mission. The quick trip to the coast is less than an hour from Los Angeles, CA and about 40 minutes from north on the 101 from Encino!
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