Three islands beginning with A...
Ancapa Islands about 12 miles off Los Angeles
They are a part of the Channel Islands that are quite easy to reach by boat or you can take a ferry, usually from Santa Barbara. Anacapa is quite high as local islands go, with a large flat, grassy area, great views and TONS of birds. No one lives on the islands except the Ranger. We visited there many years ago with our two sons. The cliffs are spectacular. You have to pack everything in -- and out. Be sure to take a hat, not only for the obvious reasons with so many birds wheeling about, but they can also be a bit snappish especially in the spring, dive-bombing you to take a piece of your scalp. They're only being protective.
The Abacos in the Bahamas.
Beautiful green, warm water and sandy beaches. The perfect vacation place. There is at least one small town, Hope, which boasts a snazzy looking lighthouse. You remember the youngster on the west coast who last year stole a plane and flew out to the Bahamas? I think he crash-landed in the water as I remember. They called him the Barefoot Bandit. This was where he ended up having been on the run for two years before being taken off to jail for stealing planes, boats and cars and breaking and entering.
Then there's Alcatraz in the San Francisco Bay.
Once notorious as a prison and featured in some movies. It is only 1.5 miles from shore, surrounded by cold and often rough waters, which would discourage prison breaks -- even if you could swim 1.5 miles. Today, it is a park and offers tours and a ferry service. I've never been there, not as a visitor or a prisoner!
THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SEASON OF ABC WEDNESDAY, INITIATED BY MRS. NESBITT who, incidentally lives not many miles north of my beloved Flamborough in Yorkshire, UK. My new banner photo is of some of the caves at Flamborough.
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