Sunday, October 20, 2013

Moonlight Paddle

I love October! The weather the past week has been beautiful and it looks like it will continue at least for a few more days. Yesterday I spent the afternoon leading a tour on the waters of Discovery Bay and then headed to Holland Riverside Marina to paddle under the moonlight.

There has been barely a breeze blowing in the Delta lately which has made lovely paddling conditions. There were lots of people, especially fisherman, out enjoying the water Saturday. I started the afternoon leading a tour in Discovery Bay where we spotted Heron, Egrets, Coots and even an Osprey enjoying lunch.
We couldn't have had better weather for last nights moonlight paddle. More than a dozen paddlers launched from Holland Riverside Marina's new beach into a beautiful sunset! We paddled west and headed to Rock slough where most of us gathered near Becky's bridge to watch the moon rise. The fiery moon rose slowly from the east and shone its light on the quiet slough. We gazed at the moon and stars before leisurely heading back to our put in.

It was a great group of paddlers and I thoroughly enjoyed sharing the evening with them!

Kevin, owner of Holland Riverside Marina, is currently working on upgrading the marina and has created a beach near the launch which is perfect for kayakers. When launching kayaks he prefers we use the beach and is currently charging $5 per boat to launch. There are clean restrooms available and he is also remodeling the little store next to the launch. This is a great place to start your paddling adventure with many destinations to choose from. Be sure and check tides and plan your paddle before you launch.

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