A pleasant paddle
In August (07), Jenny Yamate led a kayaking
adventure in Elkhorn Slough for members of Summit Whole Body
Fitness. We enjoyed a cool day, kayaking through the tidal wetland
home of sea otters, harbor seals, and hundreds of bird species.
Although it was the first trip for many kayakers, no one flipped. In
fact, all found it remarkably easy and comfortable. The secret was a
short orientation, optional wet suits and jackets, and stable
sit-on-top and recreational kayaks, all provided by Monterey Bay
Kayaks (1-800-649-5357). The only problem was overeating the
larger-than-life-size portions at the Moss Landing restaurant
Of course, this isnít the only way to see Elkhorn
Slough. You can ride into the slough on a pontoon boat, the Elkhorn
Safari. (This is a good option for photographers, families with
small children, and those unable to walk or paddle.) For more
information about the Elkhorn Safari, call 831-633-5555. (For more
details, visit the
website, click on Hikes and other explorations, then click again on
Elkhorn Slough by boat and trail.)
Although it sounds yucky, you can walk trails
through the upper slough. Overlooks, piers, and bridges to islands
get you close to a wide assortment of sea and land birds.
To reach the visitor center and trails, take
Highway 1 south from Santa Cruz to the Moss Landing power plant.
Turn left on Dolan Road, then left on Elkhorn Road. Watch for
reserve signs on the left. For more information, call the visitor
center at 831-728-2822.