Ventura Pier

Ventura lies about halfway between Los Angeles and Santa Barbara.  It’s that often forgotten place where people who drive through it on the 101 Freeway say things like, “We need to come here sometime,” but never do.  Well, just off the freeway is a pretty cool pier that might make you want to change your mind the next time you driving up or down the coast. It’s a long pier.  To be precise the pier today is 1,600 feet long.  It’s had various lengths over the years.  In 1872 when the pier was first built it was 1,200 feet long…

Anacapa Island

On a cool, fog shrouded Monday the monkey joined a gaggle of 4th graders for the most anticipated field trip of the year:  A journey to Anacapa Island.  Part of Channel Islands National Park, Anacapa Island is only accessable by boat.  No people live on the island and there is no fresh water.  To get onto the island intrepid adventurers must climb 157 stairs up a steep cliff to reach the visitor center.  Unless you use an airplane and a parachute, there is no other way to get there. The name Anacapa is derived from a Chumash Native American word (Anypakh)…