In August, we kayaked the Elkhorn Slough in honor of Regina's birthday. This is a brackish inlet from the Pacific Ocean in Moss Landing, about 15 miles south of Santa Cruz.
We paddled up the slough: Martha admires the otters...
It felt good to have a posse on the water.
There are a variety of birds on the slough. These pictures don't show how big these birds are.
Otters were everywhere during our visit--apparently there were a lot of young otters learning how to swim and feed. These otters are a threatened species.
California sea lions enjoy a shallow area in the slough.
As we began our return trip, we realized the importance of the instructions about tides and winds:"The Slough's tides can give you a free ride back to your launch site, leave you stranded on a mudflat, or even wash you out to sea.... Strong afternoon winds, typically out of the northwest at 10 to 20 knots can be difficult to paddle against."
We had a last view of an otter.
But apparently two pets is enough!
Looking forward to Regina's next birthday!