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2018 INSPIRATION GUIDE

(running water, electricity). We changed into wet suits, carried
our double-kayaks to the bay, and paddled toward the sea caves.
We skimmed over dense kelp forests and scooped our
paddles through the crystal clear blue water. We soon arrived
at the first cave. Caco darted in first to check the conditions
then gave us a big thumbs-up ("All clear!"). We lined up our
kayaks single file and paddled through the entrance. Waves
were crashing in as we scanned the water for rocks protruding
just below the surface. Nicole and I sharpened our team-building
skills, paddling in tandem together to get through the cave,
counting out loud to streamline our strokes.
We spent the next hour in and out of caves, including the
large Elephant Belly Cave and Harbor Seal Beach, where we
indeed saw a harbor seal perched on a rock.

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Back on dry land, we had lunch with Caco, who had a wealth of
information on the island's history. At his suggestion, we set off to
hike Cavern Point Trail, a moderate trek with stunning coastline
views. From there, we crossed over to Potato Harbor Trail and
entered a eucalyptus grove at Scorpion Canyon Campground.
The scent wafting off the trees was enough to make me want to
come back with a tent for a longer stay. Along the way, we saw
several Island foxes trotting around, a species native to the islands.
Despite a full boat coming to the island, we rarely ran into any
other day-trippers. It was like we had the island to ourselves.
When it was time to sail back to Ventura Harbor, we were
tired, yet somehow rested. A few days after my trip, I found
myself talking my husband into making a return visit. Maybe
I'm more adventurous than I thought.

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