After last week’s post in which Huell paid a visit to San Nicolas Island, I thought I would go ahead and continue the theme of visiting the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara. This episode is all about San Miguel Island. Unlike San Nicolas, San Miguel is part of the National Park system, so it’s open to visitors. It also has a rich history that includes Spanish exploration, sheep farming, and the wonderful resurgence of the seal and sea lion populations.
In this episode Huell visits San Miguel Island, with a group of history buffs who recreate the 1542 landing of Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo – the 1st European explorer of the California Coast. Complete with authentic costumes, boats, and the fact that it’s done on the deserted white sandy beaches, this re-enactment really does take you back in time.
Huell is also joined by National Park Rangers, and a woman who actually lived on the island with her parents during the 1930’s and 40’s.