3/21/16 (Monday) in Santa Barbara, CA (Santa Barbara-Elks)
Yesterday we attempted to go to the Channel Islands National Park Visitor Center, but were frustrated in finding the place, then in finding any parking so we just turned around and came back to our RV. When we returned I did some more investigating. The Visitor Center had moved to 113 Harbor Way, Santa Barbara. It’s inside the building that houses the Maritime Museum, right at the Santa Barbara Harbor. There is even some free parking in the harbor lot (90 minutes limit). Paid parking nearby.
Today we first accomplished a number of projects. We figured out how to reprogram our MCD cockpit shades (they’d “stuck” and wouldn’t move when we arrived here), we cleaned the bugs off our windshield, we installed the new batteries in our TPMS sensors, I cleaned house and John made chili for the crock pot as I cleaned. I called to confirm there would probably be space at the next Elks a first come, first served place. We even had time to talk to our son after lunch.
THIS time we made it just fine to the Visitor Center and John’s good luck even found us a free parking spot. It took some searching for the right building, but we found it, getting to go to the 4th floor. There we had a lovely volunteer explain the Islands and got to enjoy a great view of the harbor here, along with my National Park stamp. I’d like to visit them another time. The boat ride out to Anacapa Island would cost $54 each round trip (for seniors), from Ventura. That’s the smallest of the 8 islands, with hiking, even tent camping available there. 99% of the California’s birds nest or feed at this island! On our way out I couldn’t resist the Bird of Paradise photo op. It sure reminds me of Hawaii.
We decided not to visit the museum; we’d seen a lot of that information in other coastal areas.