Angel Island Kayaking Trip with Environmental Traveling Companions
By Sherpa Lucas D (‘15) and Kim D (‘14)
Our adventure began in the familiar Urban driveway at 8:30am, as the nine members of the group loaded their bags and gear into vans, shivering in their stylish garb of water shoes, athletic shorts, and cheap sunglasses. We reached Sausalito mid-morning, where we were greeted by warmer weather, four ETC guides, and the three Marin-dwelling members of our group: Alex, Jessica, and Marie. After a rather lengthy packing and safety session, we were on the water heading for Angel Island.
We reached the island just in time for a delicious lunch after an uneventful and smooth paddle across the mouth of Richardson Bay. After eating, we explored the island, finding vistas with beautiful views that doubled as outdoor classrooms, as our ETC guides explained some of the geographic history behind the island and the greater bay area. After this spontaneous breech in our supposedly “learning-free” weekend, most members of the group took an afternoon snooze, encouraged by the gentle breeze and the sound of breaking waves on the beach.
As evening fell, we prepared and ate dinner in the kitchen of our shelter for the night, a Civil War Era brick building, used to store ammunition for the Union army in the event of a Confederate attack by sea. We then hiked to the top of Mt. Livermore, the highest point on the island, where we were rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the Bay Area at night.
We awoke the next morning to the sight of a shining sun and glassy bay. We quickly ate, packed up camp, and headed across the water to sea glass beach, our lunch stop for the day. After paddling through the Sausalito harbor, we unpacked our dry bags, put the boats “to bed,” and loaded into the vans back to Urban, satisfied with a great weekend of paddling and exploring.
Wednesday March, 26, 2014 at 01:21PM
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