The most relaxing part of this trip was the fact that other than a few NPS maintenance rangers that I never even saw, I was by myself. There was supposed to be a family that camped on the island as well but no one turned up. Leaving me all by my lonesome! No complaints here. It was very calming and peaceful. The only downer was carrying all my equipment.
By no means did I pack light. I brought 5 gallons of water for cooking and drinking, all my camera equipment including 4 lenses (one of which was a 150-600mm,) Camping gear, and my Goal Zero Yeti 400 battery cell. I wasn't carrying all that on one trip from the campsite to the boat dock. It took me 3 trips!
This photo was taken above the boat dock on top of the 157 stairs. I wanted to capture part of the experience of this trip, including a simple thing like carrying a ton on your back going up these steps. I noticed through the viewfinder a large group of birds flying towards me realizing they were brown pelicans. These birds were flying to the western parts of Anacapa Island for nesting. They were taken off the endangered species list as recent as 2009. Brown Pelicans are truly the perfect example of what animal conservation can do for a species.