Tag: Santa Barbara Channel


Tip of Anacapa

This is the furthest tip of Anacapa Island, one rock beyond Arch Rock.  It marks a boundary between the Santa Barbara Channel and the great blue Pacific!  To me, it is amazing to think that the next continent is Asia, thousands and thousands of miles away across the sea.  I don’t think I would want to have to sail there from here, much less swim.



Whale watching on Valentine’s Day found a few whales and oodles of dolphins.  Unfortunately, none of my pictures really did the dolphins any credit.  I never seemed to get one that caught their energy and spirit.  Still, I want to post something . . . this was taken as I stood at the front of the boat, watching the dolphins leap and turn in the water.  This guy is the pin-up for that day!



I believe this lighthouse, located on the tip of Anacapa Island closest to Arch Rock, was the last one built in California.  When I lived at the beach, I could see it winking across the Santa Barbara Channel, a friendly light on a dark night.



The Channel Islands of California are in my back yard, but miles away and difficult to reach.  They act as a barrier between the coast and the wide open seas of the Pacific Ocean.  As well, it is part of the migration route of many sea mammals, such as whales, as they travel from Alaska to the Sea of Cortez.

There is a rich history here, too, of Native Americans (the Chumash in our area) and the Spanish explorers.  I’ve sailed here, been out on whale watching expeditions, and visited Anacapa.  Now, this area is protected as the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park.  I think I need to visit these islands more frequently!

This is a picture taken from the eastern side of Anacapa, looking northwest.  The first few humps are Anacapa Island, and the rest are Santa Cruz.