Channel Islands Sailing – Santa Cruz Painted Cave

Channel Islands national park sailing

Photo: Sailing towards Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

…Continuing from my last post –click here–

After leaving San Miguel Island we arrived at our first nights anchorage on the islands at Becher’s Bay on Santa Rosa Island.  The next day we departed in mid morning and sailed towards Santa Cruz Island.

We made a brief stop for some exploration of Painted cave, the worlds largest sea cave.  It’s quite eerie once inside and completely dark.  I had a large spotlight we me on the dinghy, but in the heavy, misty air inside the cave, it hardly did anything.

The wind had pretty much died here on the north side of the island so we motored our way to the anchorage at Pelican Bay.  Here the skies got dark and we were in for a raining night on the boat.

To be continued…

 

Channel Islands national park sailing

Photo: Leaving Bechers Bay at Santa Rosa Island, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

 

Channel Islands national park sailing

Photo: Sailing between the islands, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

 

Painted cave santa cruz island

Photo: Kayaks at entrance of Painted Cave, the worlds largest sea cave, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

 

Painted cave santa cruz island

Photo: Darkness inside Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

 

Painted cave santa cruz island

Photo: Looking out of Painted Cave, Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

 

Santa Cruz Island channel islands national park

Photo: Calm waters on north side of Santa Cruz Island, Channel Islands national park, California.  April 2012

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