In Loreto Bay: Kayaking on the Sea of Cortez

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Clint and I decked out in our “kayaking gear” ready for a Sunday morning paddle in the smooth blue waters of the Sea of Cortez.

Just got back from an energizing and productive annual conference of the National Assocation of Court Management held in Anaheim, CA this year. When I arrived at the conference on Tuesday, I was quite confused because the National Model Railroad Association conference was happening at the same time, in the same hotel. The badges were the same color and the acronyms of NACM and NMRA are not that far off. Luckily, by the second day I was able to get myself to the correct room for my speaking session. Enough about my week.

This weekend promises to be full of adventure as we are going sailing with friends. Thoughts of being on the water reminded me of the great time Clint and I had kayaking on the Sea of Cortez. We stayed at the Inn at Loreto Bay and went on a complimentary Sunday morning kayak tour.

We couldn’t have chosen a better day to go out as the sky was a clear blue and the water was still as glass. The rhythm of the paddle was the only thing that broke the calmness. Ok, maybe that and my back-seat driving orders to Clint even from the front of the kayak. I have a very good sport for a spouse, for only he tolerates my type A personality.

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Clint takes this photo from afar as I chat with Annie, one of our Agua Viva neighbors. Annie is a photographer and the first time I met her, I marveled at the size of the lens on her camera. She took a great photo of Clint and I which I’ll post another time.

If you haven’t gone out kayaking, it is a must-do activity. I promise you it will relax you while giving you a good upper body workout. It is also a very easy sport to pick up. In fact, the last time I kayaked was 6 years ago glacier waters in Alaska during an 11 day camping trip.

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Kayaks provided by the Inn at Loreto Bay. The two person kayaks are surprisingly comfortable. Tip: Make sure you get a kayak that has the seat padding inserts. They look thin, but they do make a difference.

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Helpful staff at the kayak shack “Aturo’s Watersports Activity Center” showing me how to paddle.

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Clint and I liked this guy a lot, he was quite the character. I didn’t catch his name so if anyone knows, please let us know.

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The kayak guy explaining that should we run into an issue, we should raise the paddle up in the air with both hands and someone would come and help us.

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Me doing my Charle’s Angels pose.

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Behind every great woman is a… Although, I am the one wearing a life jacket that says “Sherpa”….hmmm…Clint, are you paddling?

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Clint, if you are taking this photo of me, then who’s paddling?…

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Golf course and bridge up ahead!

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Going under the bridge, I liked how the reflection of the water played against the wooden planks of the bridge.

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The Villages of Loreto Bay from afar.

I can’t wait until the estuaries in Agua Viva are done – kayaking in those will be exceptional. High expectations, but the current estuary construction progress seems to be meeting them.

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  • Bob Kopolow

    <p>Thanks for posting this! It reminded me of my calm and fantastically beautiful first kayak in the same area this past February. We went down to Loreto Bay with another couple who are building AV110 and fell in love with the area. My wife, Suzie, and I are now building AV186 and really forward to spending much time in LB. I am an avid sailor, kayaker, hiker, windsurfer, etc and look forward to meeting you two adventurers!</p> <p>Bob Kopolow</p>

  • Bob Kopolow

    Thanks for posting this! It reminded me of my calm and fantastically beautiful first kayak in the same area this past February. We went down to Loreto Bay with another couple who are building AV110 and fell in love with the area. My wife, Suzie, and I are now building AV186 and really forward to spending much time in LB. I am an avid sailor, kayaker, hiker, windsurfer, etc and look forward to meeting you two adventurers!

    Bob Kopolow

  • Bob Kopolow

    Thanks for posting this! It reminded me of my calm and fantastically beautiful first kayak in the same area this past February. We went down to Loreto Bay with another couple who are building AV110 and fell in love with the area. My wife, Suzie, and I are now building AV186 and really forward to spending much time in LB. I am an avid sailor, kayaker, hiker, windsurfer, etc and look forward to meeting you two adventurers!

    Bob Kopolow

  • Penny Davis

    <p>Such a handsome couple!!</p> <p>Every time I look at the water in the bay, I am mesmerized! It's so calm. I love it!</p> <p>I'm looking forward to Kayaking the canals too!</p>

  • Bob Kopolow

    Thanks for posting this! It reminded me of my calm and fantastically beautiful first kayak in the same area this past February. We went down to Loreto Bay with another couple who are building AV110 and fell in love with the area. My wife, Suzie, and I are now building AV186 and really forward to spending much time in LB. I am an avid sailor, kayaker, hiker, windsurfer, etc and look forward to meeting you two adventurers!

    Bob Kopolow

  • Penny Davis

    Such a handsome couple!!

    Every time I look at the water in the bay, I am mesmerized! It’s so calm. I love it!

    I’m looking forward to Kayaking the canals too!

  • Penny Davis

    Such a handsome couple!!

    Every time I look at the water in the bay, I am mesmerized! It’s so calm. I love it!

    I’m looking forward to Kayaking the canals too!

  • Loni Kao Stark

    <p>Hi Bob – Glad you enjoyed this posting. I always have fun writing these entries as I get to relive the experience. Looking forward to seeing you out on the waters.</p> <p>I agree with you Penny! (comment about the water and canals, not the handsome couple part, we're modest too ;-) ). Sometimes it is hard to keep paddling, you just want to sit there and take it all in.</p> <p>Wish me luck sailing today, will be my first time. Clint use to be a sailing instructor.</p>

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Hi Bob – Glad you enjoyed this posting. I always have fun writing these entries as I get to relive the experience. Looking forward to seeing you out on the waters.

    I agree with you Penny! (comment about the water and canals, not the handsome couple part, we’re modest too ;-) ). Sometimes it is hard to keep paddling, you just want to sit there and take it all in.

    Wish me luck sailing today, will be my first time. Clint use to be a sailing instructor.

  • Loni Kao Stark

    Hi Bob – Glad you enjoyed this posting. I always have fun writing these entries as I get to relive the experience. Looking forward to seeing you out on the waters.

    I agree with you Penny! (comment about the water and canals, not the handsome couple part, we’re modest too ;-) ). Sometimes it is hard to keep paddling, you just want to sit there and take it all in.

    Wish me luck sailing today, will be my first time. Clint use to be a sailing instructor.