Sea Otter Watch by Kayak: Elkhorn Slough  and Concert with Tamra Engle's Cougar Rock Show. October 9th 11:00am-6:00pm

Dear Sea Kayakers:

We would like to welcome you to our very special event for women hosted by Betty's List . Kayaking will be provided by Blue Water Ventures and a private concert will be performed by the talented musicians of Tamra Engle's Cougar Rock Show.

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.

After a day on the water, we will caravan a short distance to the Sea Harvest Restaurant for lunch where we'll meet Tamra Engle, a musical performance not to miss! Naturalist-led kayaking trip and concert included; meal on your own

               For more details and to register please visit: Betty's Slough Trip

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: 11:00am on October 9th. 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 lunch with live music by Tamra Engle from 4:00pm-6:00pm.

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
* 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

MORE ABOUT TAMRA ENGLE’S COUGAR ROCK SHOW
Come on a dynamic visual journey with this Cougar Rock storyteller and her power combo- mixing harmonies, flavors, and rhythms from around the world that leaves audiences smiling, singing & dancing.

Showcasing songs from her Award winning debut CD “The Blonde Flame Sessions” (On the nominating ballot for the 50th annual Grammy Awards for best contemporary folk album), and soon to be released “Living the American Dream”. When not performing Tamra is a social entrepreneur, business consultant and motivational speaker helping others reach their dreams.

HEAR WHAT FOLKS ARE SAYING ABOUT TAMRA ENGLE'S MUSIC:
“You’re folk music’s answer to Pat Benatar!” – John Zipperer Songwriter

“Your Energy fills the room- You’re better than coffee kid!" - Tommy Tedesco, Studio Musician

"When you reach into your heart, something magic happens" - Martin Page, Producer/Songwriter

“You’re living the dream through music and making people sit up and listen. You go girl!” -Ali Wilder, DJ Energy 92.7

That covers the logistics for Sea Otter Watch by Kayak and Concert with Tamra Engle's Cougar Rock hosted by 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
www.bluewaterventures.org
email: bluewaterventures@sbcglobal.net
108 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060

DIRECTIONS TO ELKHORN SLOUGH (NORTH MOSS LANDING HARBOR, 2390 Highway One)

FROM SANTA CRUZ

* TAKE HIGHWAY 1 SOUTH TOWARDS MONTEREY

* TURN RIGHT AT BAJA POTTERY/ MONTEREY BAY KAYAKS
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 (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.

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.

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