Wednesday, April 27, 2011

More Island Adventures

Here are some photos from my recent 4 day, 3 night trip to the Channel Islands (not to be confused with these Channel Islands). Fortunately there were no buffalo encounters this time around...just good times, great hiking, much needed quiet and solitude, and a few nice, new friends made along the way!

Island arrivals were made via picturesque piers in wind-sheltered coves.

The island was still lush and green from the winter's rains.

Tall, windblown grasses - a common theme.
...along with wildflowers in bloom...

...and island foxes!

The western side of the island featured a diverse landscape of riparian oak and coniferous woodlands, with gorgeous views back to the east.

Plenty of spectacular sunsets to be seen...

...and a lovely, solitary sunrise earned through a challenging hike into a remote campground.