My wife had scheduled a full day of meetings today, so I loaded my kayak on the roof rack and headed out to Tomales Bay. The weather forecast called for warm sunshine and light winds, exactly what I found when I got out there. Rather than drive around the end of the bay to Chicken Ranch Beach in Inverness as planned, I put in at Marconi Cove, to save time driving out and back. Paddling across the bay would be easy enough today.
Conditions for paddling stayed perfect all day long. I paddled north towards Marshall, then across the bay at Marshall Boat Works. I stopped for lunch In Tomales Bay State Park on Pebble Beach, the beach south of Heart’s Desire Beach. It was so warm, I took refuge from the sun under the trees growing on the cliff behind the narrow beach.
After a leisurely lunch I paddled down the bay to just north of Inverness. I crossed the bay at Shell Beach where the bay narrows. I visited the quiet little lagoon sheltered by Tommasini Point.
There were other kayakers and canoeists out today as well as several sailboats. I saw the usual wildlife: ospreys, gulls, pelicans, harbor seals, cormorants, and a magnificent group of more than sixty geese flying south in a vee formation.
As I loaded my kayak back onto the car, a youthful couple stopped at Marconi Cove for a nude swim. Sorry, no photos of that!
Here is a map of today’s nearly eight mile journey.