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If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...

Thursday, August 20, 2009

When Exactly Does a "Rock" Become an "Island"?

Another question to keep me up at night...
I have always been told we have four Southern California Islands off our Coast with another four further South.
We have San Miguel, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz and Anacapa.
Remember these four belong to us....
Further South "they" have Santa Barbara, Santa Catalina, San Clemente and San Nicholas.
So far I have been to six of the eight that I knew about.
But wait...
What are these other islands?
Are there more?
Are there more that I have been to?
At San Miguel, there is an outlying island, "Prince Island"!What is this "Prince Island" thing?
Why is it not included in the list of Southern California Channel Islands?
And what about it's little buddy, "Castle Rock"?
Wouldn't you think the Prince would have his Castle be on an island?
What is "Castle Rock" missing to make it only be a rock, when it's slightly larger neighbor gets to be an island?

Hey, Santa Cruz has a little buddy too.
"Gull Island"!And Santa Barbara Island has a second island as well!There are small rocks and big rocks.
March Rock.
Judith Rock.
Nifty Rock.
Nifty? Who came up with that one?
Frog Rock.
Hen Rock.
Bee Rock.
Hare Rock.
Hey, I am starting to see an animal pattern here...
Clover Rock.
Gull Rock.
I don't even like seagulls and they get a rock and an island!
Middle Rock.
Can Rock.

And three extra islands.
Does a rock need a scrub brush to become an island?
A harem of harbor seals?
Does it have to be a particular size?
When exactly does a rock become an island?

1 comment:

Alaskan Dave Down Under said...

My definition would be that if you (or some really crazy person with awesome outdoor skillz) can live on it self-sustained, then it's an island.