Women's Valentine's Day Paddle, Baby Otters and the Love Life of Sea Creatures: Elkhorn Slough by Kayak, Gourmet Picnic with Professional Chef, Clarissa Flores   February 11th. $80.

Join the naturalist of Blue Water Ventures for a great day on the water! Launching from  Elkhorn Slough, we'll have a leisurely kayak trip through the protected wetlands which is rich in wildlife.  Sea otters, harbor seals, and an array of migratory birds will join us for our paddle. Great trip for beginners and those interested in coastal ecology.  In honor of Valentines Day,  we plan to include special interpretation to explain the mating rituals of sea creatures. Ever wonder how a barnacle cemented to the back of a whale finds a mate? This and other fun antidotes will be shared.  Singles and couples welcomed to join us on our Valentines Day Paddle.

Clarissa Flores, a superb professional chef plans to meet us afterwards with a hearty homemade soup, snacks and hot drinks. You may bring your own adult beverage of choice to enjoy after kayaking.

 

Dear Women:

 

We would like to welcome you to our very special outdoor event for women hosted by Blue Water Ventures   and Chef Clarissa Flores.

Our day will begin with a 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. Our trip will begin with a quiet observation of sea otters that reside in North Moss Landing Harbor. With 90% of California's wetlands loss to development, Elkhorn Slough offers a special opportunity to observe a biologically rich and critically endangered habitat. First time kayakers are welcomed and most abilities can be accommodated.

After a day on the water, we will meet Chef Clarissa for a gourmet picnic.   Naturalist-led kayaking trip and  gourmet picnic included. Directions below.

               For more details and to register email kim powell at: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com

             

Timing For The Day

Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2360 Hwy One) at: 9:30am on February 11th. We will be using closed deck 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 12:30pm. From there we will meet Chef Clarissa Flores for a gourmet picnic

 

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
* snack in a compact lunch bag--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 to be left in car for picnic time

That covers the logistics for Valentine's Day Paddle for Women..Full refunds will be given if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather ( high winds or rain; not light mist or fog). Release forms will be discussed and signed before launching our boats. We are looking forward to our adventure together in the Slough and beyond!

Very Sincerely,

 


Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventuressc@gmail.com
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

DIRECTIONS TO ELKHORN SLOUGH (NORTH MOSS LANDING HARBOR)

FROM SANTA CRUZ

* TAKE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH TOWARDS MONTEREY

* TURN RIGHT AT BAJA POTTERY/ MONTEREY BAY KAYAKS 2360 HIGHWAY ONE
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.

* MOSS LANDING NORTH HARBOR LAUNCH RAMP
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 $8 parking fee. Your Blue Water Ventures guides will have your parking permits to leave in your car. You will need $8 in dollars in cashwhen you check in with them, no checks or credit cards please.

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.

NOTE
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.