Sunshine & Kiddie Beach
Sunday June 25
By: Robert Tongen
There was a very heavy marine layer on the ground when I left Thousand Oaks this morning, but when arriving at Kiddie Beach the sun was poking out. Bob Glickman, Peter O'Sullivan, Lance Pillsbury, and I launched from Kiddie Beach in Channel Islands Harbor, avoiding a stinky dead small female seal. The barricade to the kayak access lane, next to the seawall, had been removed.

Bob and Lance headed south and Peter and I met up with Lori and Tom Volk in their SOTs. They live aboard a large sailboat in the harbor. They were coming in the channel as we were going out. They caught us up with happenings around the harbor. We then paddled out through the pond and into the choppy water outside the breakwater, making for a fun paddle. As we reentered the channel we spotted what appeared to be the same seal we reported to the Harbor Patrol last week, lying dead in the kelp.

When we arrived back at Kiddie Beach there was a big bull seal sitting next to the seawall. By the time we were ready to leave there must have been much more than a hundred people on Kiddie Beach.

We appreciated paddling under sunny skies and clear (no red tide) waters for the first time in many weeks.

It was a pleasant day to be on the water.

That is the way it was this first Sunday of Summer 2023.

 
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