Elkhorn Slough Kayaking Trip
Date: March 27th – 29th
SPL: Cody P.
Tour Leaders: Ms. Tu & Mr. Paine
Written By: Richard C.
On this amazing trip, we had many exciting experiences including kayaking through the waters of the Elkhorn Slough, seeing wildlife up close, and having fun at Sunset Beach!
We started this trip on Friday night. After a long drive from Warm Springs Elementary, we finally arrived at our campsite near Sunset Beach. Since it was already dark, everyone pitched their tents and settled down for the night. The next morning, we quickly ate breakfast and drove to Kayak Connection, where we rented our kayaks and started a guided tour. Since we were a large group, the troop was split into two groups of around 20 people.
After our tour guides taught us how to correctly use our paddles and how to maneuver the kayaks, and we put on our sea skirts and personal flotation devices, we were finally able to start kayaking.
When everyone was in the water, we started paddling towards the slough. Along the way, we saw sea otters and sea lions.
Some of the wildlife got very close to the kayaks – one sea otter even climbed onto some of our kayaks!
Our tour guide also directed our attention to the various birds found in the Elkhorn Slough. A myriad of birds stood on the shores near the kayaks.
In addition to these wildlife, we also saw sea slugs, sea stars, and sea lions. After two hours of exploring, we finally paddled back and unloaded at the dock.
After kayaking, we traveled to the Elkhorn Slough National Research Reserve to eat lunch at a few picnic tables.
After lunch, a park ranger came and educated us about the Elkhorn Slough National Research Reserve. She also told us about a barn where two owls lived and lent us several pairs of binoculars to look at the owls.
We then took a short hike before heading to the owl barn to look at the owls. To avoid scaring the owls away, we had to be very quiet while near the owl barn.
The troop then returned to camp, where the scouts rested until they had to cook dinner.
After dinner, the troop walked to Sunset Beach for several fun rounds of glow-in-the-dark capture the flag.
After returning to camp, everyone went to their tents to sleep. The next morning, we ate breakfast, packed up, and finished this incredible outing.