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Santa Cruz Island Adventure

Associate editor Shannon Davis's photo diary of his hiking and paddling trip to Santa Cruz Island.

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Photographer and new pal Michael Darter.

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Scorpion Canyon Trail as it winds out of the canyon.

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California brown pelicans on the Scorpion Rocks.

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Michael Darter “shooting snaps.” He shot 700 snaps a day.

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Our awesome guide, Andy Babcock of Aqua Sports in Goleta, CA.

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Darter paddles out of a sea cave west of Scorpion Anchorage.

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Michael Darter on the Montanon Trail struggling under an overloaded pack.

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View from High Mount, the highest point on the Montanon Trail.