Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ventura Harbor

We recently visited the Ventura Harbor. Dan wanted to test his new Flip video camera. Unfortunately there were some issues with the batteries so he didn't get much footage. Still we had a good time walking around and looking at the sights.

We stopped at the The Robert J. Lagomarsino Visitor Center at Channel Islands National Park. There are exhibits on the Channel Islands wildlife as well as some raised relief models of the islands. They also have a small tide pool exhibit with various fish and sea creatures. Here are some anemones and a halibut.

Some of the sea creatures are faux, like the limpets and the sea urchins. I'm not sure about the mussels but the lobster is real.

There is also an observation tower at the visitor center. It's usually windy up there but the view is great.

We walked around looking at the various boats in the harbor. There were mostly sailboats with some fishing boats mixed in.

Here are some different types of boats that we saw.

We stopped by the Ventura Harbor Village Carousel. There are various arcade games, a candy counter, and of course the carousel. Here are some of the carousel animals.

Off to one side of the carousel is Ziggi the Clown. He looked so sad I had to go talk to him. I also put fifty cents in the machine. It was kind of loud in the arcade so I could barely hear what he said - something about picking out something special for me.

The egg that popped out contained Happy Bunny stickers. I'm not sure if I should be glad it was kind of cool or disturbed that it was a Happy Bunny product.

The arcade also had a penny smasher so I got some of those for my collection.