* Kayaking in Tomales Bay with your naturalist guides; beginners welcomed!
*Kayaking at night to experience bioluminescence, an erie glowing plankton that lights up the water with every stroke of the paddle
* Sampling fresh seafood and sharing a drink at the local salon in Point Reyes Station
* Hiking deserted beaches with a group of great women
* Observing massive male elephant seals arrving to our beaches from Alaska for molting season
* Visiting Point Reyes National Seashore and the Historic Lighthouse
* Enjoying a private guided tour of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm
Dear Point Reyes Women:
We are please to announce a very special naturalist-led weekend for women hosted by Betty's List and Blue Water Ventures. Our destination is the beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore in West Marin.
TO REGISTER PLEASE CONTACT BETTY SULLIVAN AT: BETTY'S LIST
What's Included: 2 naturalist-led kayaking trips, naturalist-led beach exploration, Tour of Point Reyes Lighthouse and Drakes Bay Oyster Farm and the company of a great group of women for the weekend! We have given you the option to either camp or treat yourself to a cozy room at one of the local hotels. Pack a cooler of snacks or dine out.
On Saturday, August 8th, we will kayak through Tomales Bay, a scenic wetlands teaming with life found within the boundaries of the National Seashore. As we make our way through this protected bay, we'll look for such animals as harbor seals, bat rays, harmless leopard sharks, white pelicans and migratory waterfowl. We will stop at one of the secluded beaches for a snack (be sure to pack something to munch on). Join our team of naturalist as we pull a large seine net to see what lives below the water's surface.
On Saturday evening after dinner, we'll offer a short paddle into Tomales Bay for a "new moon" paddle. As our eyes adapt to the low light conditions, we will see sparks of light produced by bioluminescent plankton that rises from deeper water to the surface. Paddling at night surrounded by glowing water is a truly unique experience and one not to miss!
On Sunday, we have planned a hike to one of the outstanding destinations that Point Reyes National Seashore has to offer. We will gather at 9:30am at the Tomales Bay Resort and caravan out to Point Reyes Lighthouse enjoying incredible scenery along the way. We will tour the historic lighthouse site and then look for marine mammals such as elephant seals, sea lions and harbor seals on the rocky shoreline below the site.
While August is a bit early for spotting California Gray Whales as they migrate south, this is an ideal location to look for other species of whales such as Humpbacks which spend summers off the California Coast. From there, we will caravan a short distance to Drakes Beach, and then hike the beach towards Drakes Estero. The beach scenery is spectacular and shore birding is excellent.
Our day will end with a private guided tour of Drakes Bay Oyster Farm where we can sample fresh oysters and purchase them to take home. To learn more about the sustainable oyster farming practices please follow this link: Drakes. Our hike will be over mostly flat terrain, much of it on beach sand and we will cover about 3 miles total.
Timing & Schedule -
Our weekend adventure will begin on the shores of Tomales Bay near the town of Inverness at 11:30 AM on August 7th when we meet at the Tomales Bay Resort on the shores of Tomales Bay. First, we'll have instructions on kayaking. We use double sea kayaks that 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 have a short break and then an early dinner or appetizers at Thepmonggon on the Bay Restaurant. The restaurant is conveniently located at the Tomales Bay Resort where you may choose to stay. Thepmonggon on the Bay specializes in Thai cuisine using local seafoods. Later that evening you may join us for an optional drink at the popular local salon in the nearby historic town of Point Reyes Station. Our evening paddle will begin back at the Tomales Bay Resort at 8:00pm. We will be off the water by 10:30pm and your comfortable room is just a few steps away!
On Sunday, August 8th, we are offering a naturalist-led hike that will begin at 9:30am and finish up at 3:00pm. August is a beautiful time to hike Point Reyes as the large male elephant seals can be seen on the beaches and shore birding is excellent. Please bring a sack lunch with you on Sunday. There's a great deli not far from the Golden Hinde in Inverness.
To learn more about Point Reyes National Seashore please visit: Point Reyes and Tomales Bay.
Lodging or Camping Options -
We hope that you will consider staying on Saturday night at the Tomales Bay Resort (formerly the Golden Hinde Inn) that has affordable lodging and is conveniently located at our launch site for Saturday morning and evening. As you make a reservation, please mention that you are part of the “Betty's List” event and you will be given a 10% discount.
We are also pleased to offer a 10% discount at the lovely Point Reyes Seashore Lodge in the quaint town of Olema. For more information, check the website and mention “Betty's List” as you make your reservation.
If you are interested, camping is available at Olema Ranch Campground at Samuel B Taylor Park or you can also reserve a bunk at the Point Reyes Youth Hostel.
What to Bring With You - As far as things to bring, here are a few suggestions for kayaking or hiking
- 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.
- Windbreaker 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 or Ziploc to take in boat with you; snacks for the weekend
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Sunglasses (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
- Change of warm clothes for night paddle
- Flashlight or headlamp
- $10 parking fee per day if you are not staying with us at the Tomales Bay Resort
Directions to the Tomales Bay Resort
(12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness California 415-669-1389)
From the Golden Gate Bridge, head north on Hwy 101
Take the San Anselmo/Richmond Bridge Exit.
Continue through the town of San Anselmo and Fairfax (you're now on Sir Francis Drake Highway) until the road dead ends at Highway One in the small town of Olema.
Take a right (north) on Hwy One and a
Left onto Sir Francis Drake Highway which indicates a sign towards Inverness (before crossing the bridge into Point Reyes Station).
Continue through the town of Inverness. You will see the Tomales Bay Resort located on Tomales Bay to your right directly on Tomales Bay.
I am looking forward to our weekend together in Point Reyes National Seashore.
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Kim and partner, Nellie hiking Point Reyes