I got a group of 7 together to go kayak camping in tomales bay. Five of us got there on Friday around noon and got onto the water as quickly as possible. It was a 5.6 mile paddle to the beach we had been given, Tomales Beach.
We had a long stopover on Indian Beach, which was approximately the halfway point. There we pulled out the stove and cooked a bit of sausage. After everyone got some food we got back on the water and made the final push to our campsite. The fog was rolling in low and it was difficult to make out the far shore. We started up a nice fire pretty quickly and got everything nicely set up. A Prius showed up later from the service road and a few guys got out and set up a camp. I was pretty sure that they weren’t allowed to drive in. They looked like they were crabbing and fishing. We had a good fire that night and good food. Riley cooked up a storm, and had brought way too much food, but we weren’t complaining.
The next morning Riley cooked up a lot more great food, and I headed out to meet up with Tina and Amit, who were coming in a day late since Amit had to work on Friday. I got some good alone time on my paddle back, and made it to Inverness much faster than anticipated. It only took me 1:45 to paddle the 6 miles back. I got in early enough to have a nice meal and rest at the diner next door, where I got a huge veggie omelette.
Tina and Amit got in and we got onto the water pretty quickly. The wind didn’t gust as fast on the way out with them as it did on Friday, but there was a lot more consistent of a wind. We did a break at Indian Beach again, after which Amit took off and outpaced us by a large margin. We were paddling near a large group that was heading towards Marshall Beach. They were somewhat annoying, and had been slowly leaving behind their slow members. The fist ones they left behind I don’t think made it to the campground.
Once we got in Steph got the fire going again. She had a log with lots of sap on it, and once it started burning it put off a huge flame and lots of black smoke. I was pretty impressed. We had a great fire that night, as we had only gone through a third of the wood on Friday. The food was amazing again, with Riley providing asparagus and bacon, with Adam providing spit-forks to roast them on. We sat around the fire and talked for hours. Eventually we ran out of wood and went to bed. The next morning we had a long trek back, that was mostly uneventful. We grabbed lunch in Point Reyes Station and dropped by the Cowgirl Creamery. We got back and took care of the gear and vegged the rest of the day.