We launched the kayaks about 9AM on the beach near Back Bay Estuary-the largest in southern California. It was an easy paddle and we followed the shoreline around. We spotted some few waterfowl and several jumping mullet. The wind and current were to our advantage the first half. We suddenly realized that signs posted in the waterway stated that a permit was required in order to kayak the area! Oops,we had already completed more than half our journey without incident. So we continued our travels and enjoyed the beautiful peaceful scenery. We were the only boats in the back bay until near the end. We worked far harder on the second half of the journey since the wind and the tide were against us. The final straw was when a large barge pushed by a giant tug crept up on our rear and startled us. That was the end of our peaceful travels.

We then toured several RVs at a sales event adjacent to our launch site. Bill got the salesman hustle but was saved by the call of hunger. So we pried ourselves free and headed to The Crab Cooker for a delicious fresh halibut lunch. Another great California day.

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