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Elkhorn Slough Kayaking Trip

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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.

Scouts learning to use their paddles.

Scouts learning to use their paddles.

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.

Two scouts paddle away from the dock.

Two scouts paddle away from the dock.

When everyone was in the water, we started paddling towards the slough. Along the way, we saw sea otters and sea lions.

A long line kayaks paddles towards the slough.

A long line kayaks paddles towards the slough.

Some of the wildlife got very close to the kayaks – one sea otter even climbed onto some of our kayaks!

A sea otter swims by our kayaks.

A sea otter swims by 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.

A few birds rest on the shore.

A few birds rest on the shore.

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.

Unloading was a slow process.

Unloading was a slow process.

After kayaking, we traveled to the Elkhorn Slough National Research Reserve to eat lunch at a few picnic tables.

Scouts eat lunch at the Elkhorn Slough National Research Reserve.

Scouts enjoy their lunch at the Elkhorn Slough National Research Reserve.

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.

The park ranger also told us about pineapple weed, an invasive plant that smells sweet when you squeeze it.

The park ranger also told us about pineapple weed, an invasive plant that smells sweet when you squeeze it.

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.

Scouts walk from the owl barn (the building in the top left behind the other barn).

Scouts walk from the owl barn (the grey building near the top left behind the other barn).

 The troop then returned to camp, where the scouts rested until they had to cook dinner.

A pineapple upside-down cake cooked by the adults.

A pineapple upside-down cake cooked by the adults.

After dinner, the troop walked to Sunset Beach for several fun rounds of glow-in-the-dark capture the flag.

Sunset Beach

A view from above Sunset Beach

After returning to camp, everyone went to their tents to sleep. The next morning, we ate breakfast, packed up, and finished this incredible outing.

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