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FULL DAY PADDLE AND HIKE - NATURALIST LED TOUR


Full Day Paddle and Hike - Naturalist Led Tour

We will meet at the Blue Waters Kayaking site in Inverness. After organizing gear and going over basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we'll launch our boats and paddle along the bay.  We'll paddle along the Pt. Reyes shoreline, enjoying the  wildlife and beautiful scenery. We'll share a leisurely potluck lunch at one of the many beautiful Tomales Bay beaches.  After lunch we will put on our hiking shoes and explore the trails of Tomales Bay State Park.  Your naturalist guide will interpret the plant and animal life and the geology of this fascinating area. After hiking we'll re-launch our kayaks and paddle back to base, enjoying the quiet and solitude of the bay.

A perfect trip for beginners and pros alike.
Fee: $98. Time: 9 - 3
Dates: See Calendar

Itinerary:   We will meet at the Blue Waters Kayaking site in Inverness. After organizing gear and going over basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we'll launch our boats and paddle along the bay.  We'll paddle along the Pt. Reyes shoreline, enjoying the wildlife and beautiful scenery. We'll share a leisurely potluck lunch at one of the many beautiful Tomales Bay beaches.  After lunch we will put on our hiking shoes and explore the trails of Tomales Bay State Park.

     
Equipment:   Our double kayaks track well, are difficult to capsize, and are easy to maneuver. All the necessary gear such as life jackets, paddles and spray skirts is provided.
     
What to Bring:   Come prepared for variable weather. Bring clothes that reflect your degree of sensitivity to heat or cold.
* Sun screen & lip balm
* Hat with sun visor
* Wool or fleece hat (for cold days)
* Sunglasses
* 1 liter (minimum) water bottle
* Shorts or baggy pants that can be rolled up to your knees are best for paddling
* Shoes you don't mind getting wet such as Teva type river sandals, wetsuit booties, or aqua socks.
* Tennis shoes with wool socks or rubber boots are good in cool weather.
* Waterproof jacket
* Wool, capilene, poly pro, or some other synthetic long sleeve, long underwear shirt that will keep you warm when it is wet. (Cotton or cotton blend clothing retains water and will keep you cold if it becomes wet.)
* Pile or fleece pullover or a wool sweater
* Change of clothes, including dry shoes
* Potluck lunch (if booked on full day tour) - please bring picnic items that you can share with other people
     
Release Form:   Please print out, read, sign, and BRING the release of liability and assumption of risk form with you on our trip. 
     
Directions:   Blue Waters Kayaking - Inverness is located on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard 1 mile north of the town of Inverness at 12944 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Our site is located next to the Tomales Bay Resort. The driveway is just past (west) the entrance to the Tomales Bay Resort. PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT THE TOMALES BAY RESORT.

NOTE: We do not recommend using Mapquest from San Francisco because it takes you on Highway 1 through Mill Valley, which is much longer than the route proposed below.


From San Francisco and southern Marin County (1.25 hours from Golden Gate Bridge):
  • Take the Golden Gate Bridge and go north on Highway 101 for 8.5 miles to the Sir Francis Drake Boulevard exit.
  • Exit at Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 22.8 miles through Ross, San Anselmo, Fairfax to Olema.
  • In Olema, turn right on Highway 1 and go 2 miles.
  • Turn left on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 5 miles through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness.
  • We are one mile past Inverness on the right side just past the Tomales Bay Resort.
*Alternate Route from the south through Central San Rafael:
  • Take Highway 101 to the Central San Rafael exit.
  • Turn slight right onto Irwin Street and go 0.1 mile.
  • Turn left onto 3rd Street and go 1 mile.
  • Turn slight right onto 2nd Street
  • 2nd Street becomes 4th Street after 0.4 miles.
  • 4th Street becomes Red Hill Avenue after 0.5 miles.
  • Red Hill Avenue becomes Sir Francis Drake Boulevard after 0.6 miles.
  • Stay on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard for 17 miles through San Anselmo and Fairfax to Olema.
  • In Olema, turn right on Highway 1 and go 2 miles.
  • Turn left on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and go 5 miles through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness. We are one mile past Inverness on the right side just past the Tomales Bay Resort.
From Santa Rosa and other points north:
  • Take Highway 101 to the E Washington Street exit toward Central Petaluma.
  • Turn west on E Washington Street and go 0.6 miles.
  • Turn left on Lakeville Street and go 0.1 mile.
  • Turn right onto D Street.
  • Take D Street until it becomes Point Reyes / Petaluma Road after 4.6 miles.
  • Stay on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road for 11 miles until you get to the purple bridge stop sign.
  • Turn right to stay on Point Reyes / Petaluma Road and go 3 miles.
  • Go left on Highway 1 and go through the town of Point Reyes Station for 0.8 miles.
  • Just outside of town you will go over a green bridge and take the next right on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (follow the signs for the lighthouse).
  • On Sir Francis Drake you will go 5 miles through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness. We are one mile past Inverness on the right side just past the Tomales Bay Resort.
From East Bay:
  • Take I-580 west over Richmond/San Rafael Bridge and go west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard.
  • For the rest of the directions, see Sir Francis Drake route explained above in first set of directions.
*Alternate Route From East Bay:
  • Take I-580 west over Richmond/San Rafael Bridge and go north on Highway 101.
  • For the rest of the directions, see first alternate route directions above.

From Sacramento to 101 South:

  • Take I-80 west to Hwy 37.
  • Merge onto CA-37 W toward San Rafael and go 21.3 miles.
  • Merge onto US-101 S via the exit on the left toward San Rafael / San Francisco and go 8.1 miles.
  • Take the Central San Rafael Exit and go 0.2 miles.
  • Stay straight to go onto Hetherton Street and go 0.2 miles.
  • Turn right onto 3rd Street and follow the directions from 3rd Street in first alternate route above.
Please arrive 15 minutes before the tour begins!

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