~Lagunitas…It’s not just an IPA!

~Most of you beer drinkers will be familiar with the name Lagunitas, as it’s a very popular IPA.  However, the Lagunitas I’m talking about is a Creek on the Southern end of Tomales Bay, that is critically important to the survival of the endangered Coho Salmon.

I’ve dipped my paddle into Tomales Bay at least a dozen times, but this time I’m heading inland. You see, the tide was high and the winds almost non-existent.

We launched from the Tomales Bay Resort.  If you’re not a hotel guest, they charge $5 for your kayak and $10 to park in their lot.  The sandy beach makes launching a breeze, when the tide is high.  It’s another story if the tide is low.

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After we’re all safely in the water, we paddle across the bay and start moving our way inland.  This is my first experience on this side of the bay and I’m soaking up the almost 70 degree weather in January.  Yes, January!

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We’re all thrilled to get a break in the weather, as the rain has continued to fall day after day in Northern California.  We’re not complaining about the rain at all, but you have to admit, it’s nice to get a break in between storms.

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Just look at that big smile on Nancy’s face!  She’s most certainly enjoying the nice weather.

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If you paddle regularly, you know that a day on glass like water is treat.  Most flat water paddles start this way, but when you start like this on the Coast, all I can say is “AH”!

As I glide across the flat water, the birds are plentiful.  The Great Blue Heron poses for a shot in the photo above, and the little shorebirds in the following pictures were zipping in and out, and up and down.  I must have took about 20 pictures of these beauties.

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If you’ve seen my photos, you’ll recognize that I enjoy capturing pictures through objects, openings in tree roots, etc.  The tree once attached to this giant root was stranded on a little island.

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Sorry to brag again, but do you see the mirror like reflection of the water?  Can you believe this is Tomales Bay?

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We explored a few miles inland before turning around to head back.  The breeze was starting to pick up a little and we wanted to get checked into our accommodations for the weekend.

A quick photo op of this long abandoned ship, which you can actually walk down to from the little grocery store in Inverness.  Seems a recent fire has destroyed the backside of the vessel.

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The Cormorants were out in full force as they dried their wings and feathers.  You see, they don’t have oil on their feathers like a lot of other birds.  This allows them to dive under water.  However, because of the lack of oil, they have to air dry their feathers before they can take flight!

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This was by far one of my most enjoyable days on Tomales Bay.  Can these conditions be duplicated again?  Maybe so.  Maybe you’ll come out and paddle with us the next time.

You can find Sacramento Paddle Pushers on meetup.com.  We paddle all over California, and sometimes venture into Oregon and Washington.

 

 

 

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