in the last destination post, i detailed (with a gazillion photos – sorry to anyone who grew weary scrolling through those…) my trip to ventura, california last year for the ‘craftcation’ conference. at the end of that week, i had an extra day before leaving on a red-eye back to boston. i took the opportunity to catch a boat out of ventura harbor to santa cruz island. santa cruz is part of the channel islands of california … which are breathtaking. if you find yourself in this area, cannot recommend highly enough taking a day trip out to this beautifully serene yet dramatic and biologically diverse island.