Blanche Trask, Poet-Explorer-Naturalist

Blanche Trask, Poet-Explorer-Naturalist, did most of her wild nature exploration and writing on the Channel Islands of Southern California. She was a resident of Avalon on Santa Catalina Island in Los Angeles County, California from 1895 to 1915 (20 Years). Her winter home was located next to the Tuna Club in Avalon, but she also had a summer home at the Isthmus where the Institute of Environmental Studies of USC is currently located.

Blanche Trask published MOONLIGHT AT CATALINA ISLAND in the newspaper of Catalina called CATALINA ISLANDER and also in WINDLE"S CATALINA HISTORY This poem appears to be her last and 10th published poem spanning 10 years between 1896 and 1905. The above narrative and the poem was written and compiled by Robert Roy van de Hoek, in June-July 2000, for educational purposes in recognition of my two younger sisters, and their birthdays on June 21 (Summer Solstice) and July 4.
Avalon, Santa Catalina Island1


Miles and miles of throbbing ocean
Hardly broken by a swell,
Where the moonlight comes and lingers
Where my spirit walks as well

 For the Spirit here loosened
And it treads the silv'ry miles
And the wet and sparkling beaches,
Paved with strange, resplendent tiles.

 Seeks the coves as though it knew them,
Climbs the rocks, as wild and bold;
And it shouts to sky and ocean;
"Ah! we meet here, as of old!"

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