Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Sycamore Slough with BASK

This past Saturday I had the pleasure of paddling with members of the Bay Area Sea Kayakers. This was my first trip initiation for the club and we all had a wonderful day on the water.

We launched under threatening clouds from Tower Park Marina around 12:45 and headed north with the tide to Sycamore Slough. I've found this area is the best spot for viewing the Sandhill Cranes who will be leaving the area soon. We spotted a few standing atop the levy and many more flying high above us. We also spotted lots of snow geese and a couple of unidentified hawks.

We reached Sycamore Slough in under an hour and spent another hour and a half exploring the area. The rain never materialized and there was barely a breeze blowing. After our time in Sycamore Slough we proceeded back to Tower Park with a brief stop at Westgate landing to see what we could find. We spotted a night heron and I also noticed that the majority of water hyacinth has disappeared which allowed us to get a little closer to the surrounding trees.

I had a blast with BASK and look forward to paddling with them again. For more info about BASK, check out their website. It's a group that has a passion for paddling and a wealth of experience and knowledge!

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