Women's Sunset, Moon Rise and Wildlife By Kayak ~Monterey Bay ~July 8th, 4:00pm-9:30pm $70

(we will gather for an optional social time at Aldos Restaurant in Santa Cruz Harbor from 4:00-5:30)

 

Dear Sea Kayakers:

I am pleased to welcome you to an incredible opportunity exploring Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Encompassing 5,322 square miles of ocean, our remarkable sanctuary supports one of the planet's most biologically diverse marine ecosystems. We plan to kayak above the canopy of a kelp forest as we look for some of its residents. We always hope we may encounter Humpback Whales which are present in our sanctuary this time of year. Whales can be difficult to spot from a kayak and as with most wildlife, sightings are not guaranteed. We will be searching the water for commonly seen residents such as sea otters, harbor seals, sea lions and sea birds. With some luck, we'll spot whales too!

A  full moon will be rising as the sun sets, a magical time to be on the water!

This trip is appropriate for athletic beginners or people with some experience kayaking. Our approach to this trip is conservative, but our search will take us offshore, in ocean swell and/or chop. We will be using double sea kayaks which are very stable and easy to use making the chance of a capsize low.

To confirmyour place on this trip, please send a check in the amount of $70 made payable to Blue Water Ventures to 127 Mason Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. Refunds are given when cancellations are made at least 10 days in advance of trip date. Space on the roster is guaranteed when payments are received.

You may also pay for the trip using a Card Credit via Pay Pal. Please visit our Payment Center for instructions.

Our group will meet at the Santa Cruz Harbor small boat ramp at 5:30pm (on the opposite side of the harbor from the Crow's Nest; see directions below). Bring a credit card to pay the $6 parking fee in the public parking area.  Anticipate being off the water by 9:00pm.  If you would like to gather at  Aldos Restaurant near our launch area for social time, plan on gathering there at 4:00pm.

                    

As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions we 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 may get wet as we 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)

* Money to settle bill at Aldos
* Change of clothes to be left in car

*Sea Sickness Medication If you are prone to mild sea sickness, we recommend bringing some form of prevention. Medications such as Bonine or Dramamine are usually effective although drowsiness or thirst can be a side effect. Your local pharmacist or physician can advise you. In the past, several clients have successfully used "sea bands" which employ a pressure point on the wrists rather than medication. Sea Bands have no side effects and can be purchased at most dive shops or some drug stores.

That covers the logistics for Our Monterey Bay Kayak Tour! A full refund 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 Sanctuary.

Very Sincerely,

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

DIRECTIONS TO THE SMALL BOAT RAMP FROM SAN JOSE
(West Side of Santa Cruz Harbor)

* From Highway 17 take the Ocean Street Exit (if you are traveling from San Jose, Hwy 17 becomes Ocean Street)

* Left on East Cliff Drive (Ocean Street will dead end at East Cliff Drive which becomes Murray)

* Right on Seabright Ave (Betty's Burgers and Seabright Brewery are located here)

* Left on Atlantic Ave (sign says: West Harbor)--just a few blocks down on Seabright

* Left on Mariner Parkway/Santa Cruz Harbor(if you kept going you would run into Aldos Restaurant-616 Atlantic Ave, Santa Cruz CA 95062)

Follow the road down along the harbor; we will meet at the Small Boat Ramp, just past the F Dock;

You will see kayaks stored near this boat ramp and the US Coast Gaurd Station Sign behind the boat ramp.


DIRECTIONS THE SMALL BOAT RAMP, FROM HALF MOON BAY
(West Side of Santa Cruz Harbor)

* Head South on Highway One which becomes Mission Street as you enter the westside of Santa Cruz

* Right onto Laurel Street ( this is a light and the Santa Cruz Medical Building is on the right corner of Mission/Laurel)

* Turn Slight right onto San Lorenzo Blvd. (you have just crossed over a bridge)

* San Lorenzo Blvd becomes East Cliff Drive

* Turn Right onto Seabright Ave. (Betty's Burger and Seabright Brewery are located here)

* Left on Atlantic Ave (sign says: West Harbor)--just a few blocks down on Seabright

* Left on Mariner Parkway/Santa Cruz Harbor(if you kept going you would run into Aldos Restaurant-616 Atlantic Ave, Santa Cruz 95062 if using Mapquest)

Follow the road down along the harbor; we will meet at the Small Boat Ramp, just past the F Dock;

You will see the US Coast Guard Station Sign behind the boat ramp.

 

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