Dear Women

Welcome to our day together on July 31st visiting the massive elephant seals and vast beaches of Ano Nuevo State Reserve hosted by Betty's List and Blue Water Ventures.   11:30am-6:00pm

We invite you to join our team of naturalist as we hike Ano Nuevo State Reserve, an area rich in cultural and natural history. By late July, the huge male elephant seals have returned to the remote beaches of Ano Nuevo for molting season. They have been feeding in Alaska for several months now and their size is impressive, some weighing well over 5000 pounds!

We will hike through this State Park jewel to view these amazing animals learning about their ecology and behavior. The Ano Nuevo area was once a large settlement site for the Ohlone Indians. Our day will include examining a shell midden left by these early Native Americans. After hiking, , you will have the option to join your naturalist as we explore an incredible stretch of beach near the parking area of Ano Nuevo.


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To Register and for more details,  contact Kim Powell at:

Early Bird Rate postmarked by July 15th, please send a check  for $65 made payable to Blue Water Ventures to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060. After July 15th, the fee for the day is $75. You may also pay via pay pal at our secure Payment Center


Additional Fees
$10 parking fee at Ano Nuevo State Reserve; lunch at Road House Cafe in Davenport

How to Dress:
Please be prepared for a hot sunny day or a cool fog laden one. Dress in layers with an outer shell such as a windbreaker. Please bring a lunch and water bottle on the hike. Be sure to have sunscreen. Cameras and binoculars packed in a daypack with a garbage bag inside in case it rains is recommended. Hiking shoes or a sturdy tennis shoe for walking over sand are needed. You will need shoes that can get wet ( no flip flops) for tidepooling at Davenport Landing. Sandals with a back strap and some tread are acceptable for tidepooling.

Distance We Will Hike
Ano Nuevo: 3 1/2 miles round trip over sand with some elevation gain while hiking over sand dunes; some cardiovascular conditioning suggested
Ano Nuevo Beach : 1/2-1 mile round trip on sand; leisurely pace

Timing Of Day

11:30ampm -1:00pm: Brunch in Davenport at the Roadhouse Cafe (brunch on own)

1:30am- 5:00pm: Hiking at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The reserve is located about 90 minutes south of San Francisco off of Highway One. The entrance is 12 miles south of Pescadero Road, 3 miles south of Rossi Road, and just north of the San Mateo/Santa Cruz County border. For more details, please visit Ano Nuevo,


5:00pm -6:00pm: Beachcombing at a spectacular beach near the parking area of Ano Nuevo so you may return to your car or join us on the beach.

We are looking forward to our adventure together to view the Elephant Seals of Ano Nuevo!

Very Sincerely,

Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548

127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060