A Quiet Place with Few Power Boats
At the end of Grand Caribe in the Coronado Cays is a small park with a sandy beach, an ideal spot for launching kayaks. The Saturday Paddle Group has launched here on occasion at various times of the year. On every paddle we have spotted several kinds of birds nesting or diving for fish, with others poking in the sand for food, or Ospreys just sitting on perches looking back at us. In the fall we have observed large Green Sea Turtles surfacing while munching on Eel Grass, some within 20 ft of our boats. We often hear them breathe before we see them. And on most occasions there have been Mullets jumping out of the water, and Sea Rays swimming under our kayaks. We have sometimes had schools of Mullets under our boats, that surface, causing our craft to rock a little.
The diversity of both Littoral and Pelagic wildlife is abundant here, as the sounds of the city and traffic are distant and soft. There are nesting Least Turns on a land spit, Pelicans diving for fish, and Sand Pipers looking for a meal in the mud. Shearwaters, Egrets, Blue Herons, Cormorants, and Sea Gulls all frequent this environment.
We will be having more of these paddles in the south bay throughout the year, and will announce them through the Club. It is our hope you can join us next time.
Eight of us went looking for the very elusive Green Turtles yesterday, but they were not to be found. It is safe to say, after several paddles in the south bay looking for them, that they are harder to see than the grey whales.
Some special people showed up for this paddle: It was good to see Stan Rohrer doing great.
It was Mary Collier’s first paddle with us, and the first time in her new boat (5th photo). And the last photo was taken by Heather Larson (from Denver) a few years ago, who also joined us yesterday. She said that was the last time she has been able to photo the turtles.
Besides having a relaxed morning, we got to see up close the Dorado Discovery research vessel that some of you may have seen on the Discovery or Nat Geo TV series. Very cool. The photo of some of us on the dock is at Bob’s house in the Cays.
This Saturday morning Diane (Night Heron) and Teresa Boli are going to launch/leave at 9:00 a.m. from Chula Vista boat ramp off of J Street/Marina Pkwy. They plan on doing a round trip up to the Ferry landing and back. This will be a medium paced paddle with very benign conditions. The distance is about 6 miles each way.
They are doing this trip because it is on Teresa’s bucket list – “I have lived here for almost three decades and have never paddled all the way up the bay!” They plan on eating lunch at the Galley cafe at the Marina after the paddle.
Please join them if you want – no need to RSVP.