Dear Friends of Melissa

We are very excited to offer a super fun day on the water as we kayak among sea otters, seals and cool sea creatures of Elkhorn Slough in Moss Landing Harbor. We have planned a kayaking fund raiser with 100% of the proceeds raised being donated to Melissa Puckett and her courageous journey to be cancer free. Melissa has personally inspired me as she has so many.

Her determination, kindness and positive attitude through a sometimes dark journey has helped me better understand how simply to be… be a better person, friend and partner. To be living in the moment and embrace the joys of life each day.

Melissa has been a treasured gift to so many and offers a model for living that we as friends can all learn from.


Melissa has enriched my life. It is an honor to offer a special day at my favorite place in the world to observe wildlife from the quiet perspective of a sea kayak.

Date: June 25th: 9:30am-2:00pm

Location: Elkhorn Slough
Donation Suggestion: $75-$100

Registration Deadline:June 1st

Group Size: limited to 22 people


For more details and to register contact Kim Powell at:

To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check made payable to Melissa Puckett to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA  95060.


Seals and and Sea Otters: Elkhorn Slough by Kayak

Join Blue Water Ventures for a day in Elhorn Slough.   Summer is a lovely time to experience the wildlife of the Slough with lots of marine mammals around. Leaving from Moss Landing Harbor, we'll have a leisurely paddle through Elkhorn Slough. Birding is excellent with many species arriving into the slough to feast in the mudflats. Our trip will begin with a quiet observation of sea otters. sea lions and  birds that reside in Moss Landing Harbor. Beginners welcomed.

Dear Sea Kayakers:

I would like to welcome you to our kayaking adventure in Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary. The protected water of the Slough is an ideal place to observe some of California's finest coastal resources. Sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and an array of birds can be seen at close range. With 90% of California's wetlands loss to development, Elkhorn Slough offers a special opportunity to observe a biologically rich and critically endangered habitat.

For more details and to register contact Kim Powell at:

To confirm your place on this trip, please send a check made payable to Melissa Puckett to: 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2390 Hwy One) at 9:30am on

June 25th. We will be using double sea kayaks which are very stable and easy to use. No previous kayaking experience is necessary.

We expect to be back at the launch area by 1:30pm and wrapping up by 2:00pm.

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions I can offer:
* Dress in layers -- Fleece, capilene, silk or wool are good insulators; bring a warm top that can be put on if cool weather (fog) approaches; a sweatshirt is adequate.
* Long pants or shorts- sweat pants that can be rolled up work well; an outer shell of nylon material dries quickly, but jeans get soggy and   are not recommended.
* Wind breaker or paddling jacket
* Footgear - tennis shoes, Teva type sandals or wet suit booties -- any style is fine; they will get wet as you wade in to launch your boat.
* Hat with visor for sun protection
* Water bottle
* Lunch in a compact lunch bag or ziploc--take in boat with you
* Sunscreen and lip balm
* Sun glasses (or prescription glasses) attached with a leash
* Binoculars and camera in waterproof bag ( use at your own risk); disposable cameras work well.
* Small, compact daypack (optional)
* Change of clothes for ride home to be left in car

That covers the logistics for your Seals and Sea Otter Watch. Release forms will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Slough!


Very Sincerely,

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


127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060





you will pass Moss Landing State Beach, then Kayak Connection; it takes about 30 minutes from Santa Cruz; this right turn takes you into Moss Landing North Harbor.

The public boat launch area is behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2360 Highway One); park behind MBK in the public boat launch area. When you arrive, you will need to pay your $7 parking fee. Your Blue Water Ventures guides will have your parking permits to leave in your car. You will need 7 in dollars or coins when you check in with them.  The first 6 cars may use my pre paid parking passes at no charge.

We will be unloading the trailer from a blue toyota sequoia at the boat ramp directly behind Monterey Bay Kayaks in North Moss Landing Harbor.

as you're heading south you'll see the Moss Landing power stacks on the left side of the highway; if you go over the bridge and pass these stacks you've gone too far.

Kim can be reached on her cell phone on the day of the trip at: 831-345-2417