Estero Americano is a garland of lakes extending four and a half miles from Valley Ford to the Pacific.
A paddler can beeline directly north from the launch and avoid paddling in the channel.
The leisurely trip out to the ocean took me an hour and a quarter.
Fish-eating creatures—River Otters, Herons, Egrets, Cormorants—were scarce. Lots of muddy water made hiding from predators easier for fish.
Times are good for those who eat gophers and mice, many of whom were flooded out of their houses..