Channel Island National Park
Continuation of impressions from Ventura Southern California
From the coast where we stayed in Oxnard, we could see the contours of The Channel Island. At the harbour of Ventura, there is a Channel Center Visitor Center.
If you can’t go to the desolate and exotic islands, the Visitor Center is a fine substitute. At a widescreen, a film is about the magnificent nature of the islands. At the islands are some of the animals unique and not seen in the rest of the world. The Island fox is one of them. I was tempted to buy the little toy fox.
At the shop, I also found a famous children’s book about an Indian girl who had to live alone at one of the islands for 18 years. The Title is “Island of the Blue Dolphins” by Scott O’Dell. All the Indians had been taken away by the hunters and she was horrified that her brother was left behind. She escaped and found out that she was utterly alone. I knew that I couldn’t read that book but the story is fascinating. She was eventually taken to the Santa Barbara Mision and quickly dies as so many other Indians. Never having been exposed to the viruses of the Spanish immigrants she had no defence for beating that.
The Channel Islands:
Santa Cruz, the largest of the islands
Santa Rosa Island
Santa Barbara Island
Imagine going back to hike on these islands