Channel Islands National Park, California

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to to go on a blue and humpback whale watching expedition to the channel islands with my family and it was truly and unbelievable experience!!! The Channel islands are a national park located off the coast of southern California, and are often refereed to as “the Galapagos of North America”.

These islands & waters contain animals and plants found nowhere else on earth! So for a nature/animal lover like me, I was in heaven! It was a beautiful day and the captain and crew said it was the BEST day they had had in about 3 years! What a blessing! We were able to see over a HUNDRED whales(Blue and humpbacks), THOUSANDS of dolphins, many sea lions, a variety of birds, star fish and even a couple jellyfish! Not to mention we were able to see the beautifully landscaped islands and the “painted cave”, one of the worlds largest sea caves!!!

For more information on the channel islands click —-> HERE

Some people think that they have to leave the country to have amazing experiences, though I DO believe that to be true for the most part, I always try keep in mind that some place I may take for granted others may be dying to visit! This mentality helps me enjoy and appreciate local trips MUCH more!!! Not to mention the fact that my daughter is only 3 years old, so seeing her discover places(that I have visited time and time again) for the first time is like allowing me experiencing it for the first time all over again! It’s a win, all the way around! 😀

There is beauty EVERYWHERE!! You just have to open your eyes, heart and mind. I LOVE the quote, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau.

-The girl with the Map tattoo

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