ESCAPE to Elkhorn Slough

ESCAPE Club trip #150 was another great adventure!

The ESCAPE Club began 18 years ago in 1999. We’ve been taking about nine trips each year, and just this past month, we are grateful to say we’ve reached our 150th trip! What an amazing accomplishment! Thanks to each of you for your support, your time, and your encouragement.

Trip #150 was all that we’d hoped it would be as we spent the day at three very special locations.  About 50 of us set out from DeJean early in the morning, headed south to Moss Landing. But on the way, one of our caravan suffered a flat tire, which altered our plans. Most of our group detoured to the wharf in Santa Cruz. It was the perfect spot to spend a little extra time, enjoying the sea lions and the sunshine.

Our group reunited at Elkhorn Slough, and we got prepped for kayaking. The water was calm, and loaded with wildlife. We paddled about a mile into the slough, and then back to the harbor. Paddling can be hard work, and a challenge, but also a great experience and accomplishment. The slough was full of otters, jellies, seals, pelicans, and much more.

We wrapped up our day at an old favorite–the monarch migration at Natural Bridges in Santa Cruz. By the time we got there, the sun was low, and the weather too cool to see many butterflies in flight. But we were able to enjoy seeing thousands hanging together in the trees. We all had a taco for the road, and headed home. Check out the video below if you have a few extra minutes.

We’re looking forward to our next trip to Fort Point, the Golden Gate Bridge, and Marine Mammal Center, and are working out plans for the rest of the year. Maybe we’ll even try something different? Or not. We’d love to have you join us!

See all the photos and video of the trip here!