Kayaking ... We're Back!

Kayaking ... We're Back!

This will be a 4 hour self-guided tour of the Elkhorn Slough. Beginners are welcome!!

Why?

Why do we drive to Moss Landing instead of kayaking closer to home? Four simple reasons: 1) it's a great and relaxing day trip, 2) you see more wildlife than in Oakland, 3) the price is better - it covers four hours instead of two, and 4) the meal at Phil's Seafood is ah-MAA-zing! Here are the logistics: Our time begins with a little mini-lesson by one of the managers. If you do not have your own kayak, then you can rent a single for $35, or a double for $50 ($25/per person) for 4 hours. Pssst! Here's the big secret ... you can arrange to kayak down as far as you'd like and, for $15 extra, they will send a boat to pick you up! (Not a requirement, but a pretty cool option.) You can kayak in one direction! No more pushing into the wind and the current on your return. 

Included in the low price

Boat skirts and wet suit are included. In order to make a reservation for a kayak, you need to call[masked]-5692. We will meet at 12:00 p.m. and then process the rental paperwork (for those renting), and plan on leaving shortly thereafter for a 4 hour paddle. Please RSVP reserve your kayak with Kayak Connection, and then email me to indicate your reservation. If you need to change your RSVP to a "no," please cancel by Sept 5th. You are otherwise subject to a 50% penalty.

Carpools

Instead of commenting about carpools in your RSVP, please indicate whether or not you would like to carpool in the "discussion" for this event. (Most people don't read the RSVP notes.) Most of us participate in carpools in going to this event as parking is limited. Please indicate if you are willing to be a driver for the event, or if you would like to ride with someone in the discussion section below. It has become a tradition for us to do a group dinner at Phil's Restaurant in Moss Landing - about 1.5 miles from Kayak Connection. Our group members typically comment that the meal alone is worth the drive! Located on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, 0.5 miles from Moss Landing, the Elkhorn Slough has been described in the San Francisco Chronicle as the best place for wildlife viewing along the length of California Highway 1. The wildlife are awesome! You should be able to see the otters, sea lions, seals, pelicans, and various other birds. This spot is home to freshwater, saltwater and marshland wildlife. During migration season (spring and fall) you would see plenty of shore birds and waterfowl. You can also view photos from the March 27th, 2011 event. This should give some indication of the spectacular scenery! RSVPs are being accepted as of Aug 17th!

 

 

 

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  • Nash

    Thaks so much to our drivers who were so generous with helping everyone get there. I enjoyed meeting each person. The weather was great and the wild life - you really could not ask for more. This was clearly one of the best days for me this year. Thank you all so much! Hope to see everyone again soon.

    September 9, 2012

    • Gifford

      Thank you, Nash, for leading the trip! You're an enthusiastic and efficient organizer. And great choice of Phil's for dinner! Glad you made it all happen; I had a great day meeting everyone and enjoying a beautiful day out in nature.

      September 9, 2012

    • Nash

      Aw shucks! That was kind of you. It was great meeting you as well!

      September 9, 2012

  • Shannon M.

    I had a great time kayaking and dinner conversation was great as well. I hope to see you all again soon.

    September 9, 2012

    • Nash

      Thanks Shannon. It was great to meet you as well!

      September 9, 2012

  • Nash

    The weather was absolutely splendid but the people were even better. What an awesome group of people who came and such wonderful people who helped with carpools. (Thank you so much!) This as a trip well worth the wait.

    September 9, 2012

  • Randi T.

    Beautiful

    September 9, 2012

  • John W.

    Shannon, I'm hoping to carpool with you. My email is [masked]

    September 6, 2012

    • Shannon M.

      John, That is great. I have been meaning to get back to this thread and make more arrangements. I will email you as well.
      What time should we leave and where should we meet?
      I can drive or pitch in for gas. If I drive, I will have room for two others if anyone else needs a ride.

      September 6, 2012

  • Nash

    Dear All,

    I have not yet been able to reach the Kayak Connection with my work schedule but wanted to remind those on the wait list they still have time to: 1) reserve with Kayak Connection; 2) send me an email to confirm this. Also reminder to all we have a $1 donation that I will collect for Pete to contribute to the cost of the website. Thanks for your patience. See you all on Saturday!

    September 6, 2012

  • Gifford

    Oh, and I'd like to join the group dinner afterwards too!

    September 3, 2012

  • Gifford

    I live in Berkeley and would like to carpool. I'm willing to be a driver (I can take 3 passengers) if it makes sense--i.e. if there are people between Berkeley and Moss Landing who need a ride.

    September 3, 2012

  • Nash

    Greetings,
    I hope everyone is excited about the kayaking event. I can't wait to see you all! Kayak Connection will provide a final list of those who reserved kayaks by Wed., Sept 4th. If you already made your reservation but are still on the wait list, please email me. Otherwise, I look forward to seeing you on Sept 8th!

    August 31, 2012

  • Nash

    Dear All,

    Sorry for the delay. I'm still a little jetlagged from being in the UK. I have updated the list via Kayak Connection. If you reserved your kayak but you are not on the "yes" list, please send me an email. Otherwise, please feel free to reserve your kayak by calling Kayak Connection, and you will be moved to the "yes" list . See you all Sept 8th!

    August 27, 2012

  • Nash

    Hi Sharon,
    Rookies are welcome! Looking forward to meeting you!

    August 21, 2012

  • Shannon M.

    I made my reservation and would like to carpool. I live in Walnut Creek by the Pleasant Hill Bart Station. I'm a rookie.

    August 20, 2012

    • John W.

      We can definitely Carpool!! I work at the PMI building right there and live a little further down Treat Blvd.

      August 20, 2012

  • John W.

    I'm definitely interested in carpooling. I live in Concord/Walnut Creek area.

    August 20, 2012

    • Mary

      She moves you off the waitlist after you pay/reserve your kayak.

      August 20, 2012

    • John W.

      Thanks Mary.

      1 · August 20, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I reserved a kayak and would like to go to Phil's as well.

    August 17, 2012

    • Nash

      Hi Kecia! Thanks for reserving. I will try to get a list of confirmations from Kayak Connection by Fri, Aug 24th. All those confirmed will be moved up to the "Yes" group. It will be great to meet you! Glad you're coming!

      August 19, 2012

  • Mary

    Is it $35 total or $35 here and $35 to the Kayak co?

    August 16, 2012

    • Nash

      Hi Mary! It is $35 for a single kayak or $25 each for a shared double. You do not pay me the $35. However, I do collect $1 from each person for the even which I forward to Pete.

      August 19, 2012

  • Nash

    Hi Rena,

    I have opened the RSVPs starting Aug 17th to give people a few days to reserve their kayaks. Next week, Kayak Connection will send me a list of the first group that have reserved their kayaks. Based on that list, I will move people up to "yes." It's the easiest way to be sure that people who are confirmed have a kayak waiting for them! Have you reserved your kayak yet?

    August 16, 2012

  • Rena

    It looks like there is a waitlist with 1 person attending. Is that what you intended?

    1 · August 15, 2012

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