Welcome to our fabulous day together on August 8th visiting the elephant seals of Ano Nuevo State Reserve and the Tidepools of Davenport Landing hosted by Betty's List and Blue Water Ventures. 8:30am-3:00pm Early Bird Special ~$75 before July 8th and $85 after July 8th.
We are so eager to get back into nature, to share the wonders of our marine world during this very challenging chapter of our lives. Our program is 100% outdoors in fresh air. We will practice social distancing and keep a ratio of 9 women to 1 guide. Finally, we will screen everyone prior to August 8th, based on our protocol developed for our kayaking programs that may be reviewed here: COVID-19 PROTOCOL
We invite you to join the lead naturalist and owner of Blue Water Ventures, Kim Powell as we hike to Ano Nuevo State Reserve, an area rich in cultural and natural history. By early August, the huge male elephant seals have returned to the remote beaches of Ano Nuevo for molting season. They have been feeding in Alaska for several months now and their size is impressive, some weighing well over 5000 pounds!
We will hike through this State Park jewel to view these amazing animals learning about their ecology and behavior. The Ano Nuevo area was once a large settlement site for the Ohlone Indians. Our day will include examining a shell midden left by these early Native Americans. Before hiking to Ano Nuevo, you will have the option to join your naturalist as we explore the tidepools of historic Davenport Landing.
We are so eager to get back into nature, to share the wonders of our marine world during this very challenging chapter of our lives. Our program is 100% outdoors in fresh air. We will practice social distancing and keep a ratio of 9 women to 1 Blue Water Ventures guide. Finally, we will screen everyone prior to August 8th, based on our protocol developed for our kayaking programs that may be reviewed here: COVID-19 PROTOCOL
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On August 8th, we will hike rain or shine, but not in a heavy downpour. Refunds are given if we cancel the trip due to heavy rains which are extremely unlikely in August. In the unlikely event that Ano Nuevo is not opened in August, we will provide a full refund.
$10 parking fee at Ano Nuevo State Reserve; lunch at Road House Cafe in Davenport or bring a picnic lunch
How to Dress:
Please be prepared for a hot sunny day or a cool fog laden one. Dress in layers with an outer shell such as a windbreaker. Please bring a lunch and water bottle on the hike. Be sure to have sunscreen. Cameras and binoculars packed in a daypack with a garbage bag inside in case it rains is recommended. Hiking shoes or a sturdy tennis shoe for walking over sand are needed. You will need shoes that can get wet ( no flip flops) for tidepooling at Davenport Landing. Sandals with a back strap and some tread are acceptable for tidepooling. Please bring a face mask or buff and personal hand sanitizer.
Distance We Will Hike
Ano Nuevo: 3 1/2 miles round trip over sand with some elevation gain while hiking over sand dunes; some cardiovascular conditioning suggested
Davenport Landing: 1/2-1 mile round trip over sand; leisurely pace
Timing Of Day
8:30am-10:00am: Tidepooling at Davenport Landing which is south of Ano Nuevo and about one mile north of Davenport town off of Highway One; park near the bathrooms and entrance to the beach. We will gather up on the bluffs past the bathrooms facing the beach. 335 Davenport Landing Road, Davenport, Ca 95017 Get Directions
10:30am-11:00am Transfer to Ano Nuevo and enjoy a picnic lunch together before hiking (bring your own lunch).
11:45am -3:00pm Hiking at Ano Nuevo State Reserve. The reserve is located about 90 minutes south of San Francisco off of Highway One. The entrance is 12 miles south of Pescadero Road, 3 miles south of Rossi Road, and just north of the San Mateo/Santa Cruz County border. For more details, please visit Ano Nuevo,
We are looking forward to our adventure together to view the Elephant Seals of Ano Nuevo and beyond!
Kim Powell, MRPA
Owner, Operator & Naturalist
Blue Water Ventures
phone & fax: 831-459-8548
127 Mason St., Santa Cruz, CA 95060