So, get this straight. Kayaking, camping on a beach along Tomales Bay and a guided night paddle. Along with a motor boat to follow you to the campsite so you could bring all your camping gear without having to load it on your kayak. Would you choose to do it any other way?
|Blue Waters Kayak dock in Marshall|
Blue Waters is located in Marshall, just south of the famous Hog Island Oyster Company. We arrived around noon and quickly got outfitted with our kayak, wet suits (just in case) and directions to the campsite. The water in Tomales Bay is surprisingly warm and the trip out took us about an hour and a half with mostly easy paddling. We saw pelicans diving for fish, plenty of other birds, jelly fish and a seal popping its head above the water. Some others we met saw leopard sharks and other wildlife.
The campsites along Tomales Bay are permit only. Going through Blue Waters your permit is taken care of along with the luxury of firewood, water, a camping stove and the boat bringing the rest of your gear over. We camped at Tomales Beach, part of the Point Reyes National Seashore. The beach is a decent size with two outhouses and a few small trash bins. You should pack out most of what you take though so garbage space is limited.
|Tent set up on Tomales Beach|
After setting up camp on the beach, careful to avoid the tide lines, we headed out for a quick hike up the side of the hill. We ended up in a cow pasture, but we did see some nice views of the bay.
We knew the night bioluminescence tour was still to happen so we took a quick nap and then hung around the camp fire with the other people taking the tour. Everyone brings their own food and can cook either over the campfire or on the provided camp stove. The outfitter supplies pots, plates and some small utensils.
Everyone was getting excited for the night tour. We started to prepare around 8:30pm for a 9pm departure. I wasn't looking forward to putting a damp wet suit back on, but knew it was going to get cold out on the water late a night. Head lamp, stocking hat and jacket on, we headed out for the start of our tour.
Bioluminescence tour - A paddle through shooting stars
According to the Blue Waters site, bioluminescence is
|Happily heading out!|
|Excited after the night paddle!|