Sea Otters By Kayak~Naturalist-Led Hike in Search of Whales: Elkhorn Slough with Betty's List   July 30th

We would like to welcome you to our very special outdoor event for women hosted by Betty's List   and  Blue Water Ventures

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 20-30 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. Our day will include a short hike to the beach to search for humpback whales that are often seen close to shore near Moss Landing during the summer months.

After a day on the water, we will caravan a short distance to the Whole Enchilada for an early dinner.   Naturalist-led kayaking trip and hike included; meal is on your own. Cost for this amazing day on the water and beyond is $75 if post marked by June 1st and $85 if postmarked after June 2nd.

               For more details and to register contact Betty Sullivan at:


Timing For The Day

Plan on meeting at the public boat launch ramp in North Moss Landing Harbor just behind Monterey Bay Kayaks (2390 Hwy One) at: 10:00am on July 30th. 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 3:00pm. From there we will caravan over to enjoy an early dinner together at the Whole Enchilada in Moss Landing.



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 or snack 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)

* Small bills to settle check at lunch
* Change of clothes to be left in car for time at restaurant

Looking for a place to stay in the Santa Cruz area ? We love the oceanfront accommodations and fine dining at the Dream Inn.

That covers the logistics for Sea Otters By Kayak~Naturalist-Led Hike in Search of Whales: Elkhorn Slough with Betty's List. 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
108 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 (2390 Highway One); park behind MBK in the public boat launch area ($5 to park; look for dispensers at bathrooms-use exact dollar amount ). We will be unloading gear on the beach to the left of the boat ramp.

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