Channel Islands Campout Pre-Trip

Camp on Santa Cruz Island in Channel Islands National Park for two days and one night, plus one night stay at the Sheraton Four Points Resort in Ventura, with welcome Wine & Cheese Pool Party. Wednesday, September 2nd to Friday, September 4th

Summary: Arrive any time on Wednesday, 9/2, into LAX Airport, and shuttle over to Ventura Harbor (about 90 minutes from LAX). Ventura is a quaint harbor town, as well as a surfing mecca. We’ll be staying at the Sheraton Four Points Resort (double occupancy), right at the harbor, featuring hot breakfast, wireless Internet, pool, spa, gym, and more! On Wednesday evening, we’ll organize dinner on the town, followed by a welcome wine & cheese pool party at 8:30 p.m., for those arrive in time. All Wednesday activities will include both the Channel Island campers, and those who will be spending two nights at the resort.

On Thursday morning, we’ll board the Island Packers Ferry (departs from Ventura Harbor) for a one-hour boat ride out to Santa Cruz Island. The Channel Islands are often described as the Galapogos of California. Beautifully rugged, you’ll experience some of the most pristine hiking and kayaking on the west coast, with lots of wildlife. We’ll bring with us everything that we’ll need for one night (there is potable water), and return on Friday afternoon, along with some Mosaic members who will be coming out for the day on Friday. Upon returning to Ventura Harbor, we’ll grab our gear from the hotel, and board a shuttle to camp.

Cost: The cost of this adventure is $220, and includes welcome wine & cheese pool party, hotel stay at Sheraton in Ventura on Wednesday night with luggage storage till Friday, all meals from breakfast on Thursday, through lunch on Friday, cost of round trip ferry to Santa Cruz Island, limited kayak availability, camping fees, and more. (A no hotel option is also available.) The Mosaic shuttle from Ventura to camp and back to the airport will be an additional $45. You will need to provide your own transportation to Ventura from LAX when you arrive on Wednesday; we'll provide you with shuttle company info and contacts soon. Shuttle price is in the $20-$35 range.

Contact: For more information, contact Marsha Zellner at 203-393-2816 (call her any day but Wednesday or Thursday) or between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 a.m. Eastern time.

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