Bay Area Older Adults' Tidepools, Seals & Chocolate Adventure Day Trip
Date and Time: Wednesday June 16, 2021 from 8:45 AM (departure) to 6:00 PM (return)
Meeting Location: Saratoga CA
Fee: $115 per person for Premium Members, $130 per person for Basic Members and $145 per person for non–members. Fee includes motorcoach transportation, lunch, artisan hot chocolate, all gratuities and two tour leaders.
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- The bus driver and tour guides have been fully vaccinated.
- The bus will be disinfected before use.
- Everyone must wear masks.
- The order of outdoor events may be reversed depending on the time of low tide
First Stop: Davenport Landing Tidepooling
We head to Davenport Landing, a protected cove with a sandy beach which is the original site of a once thriving whaling town. Waves crash against the rocky shore and creatures like Black Turban Snails and Shore Crabs search mussel- and barnacle- covered rock crevices for food. Davenport Landing beach is known for its tidepools, and we will have an hour to leisurely explore the rocks for Ochre Sea Stars, Seagrass, Sea Brush, Iridescent Seaweed, Sea Urchins and Solitary Anemones. We may see Black Oystercatchers feeding on the rocks, Brown Pelicans flying overhead and Conspicuous Chiton sunning themselves on the beach. Davenport Landing Tidepools. Image by Kyle J. McElroy CC BY 3.0
Second Stop: Wilder Ranch Picnic Lunch and Leisurely Wildlife Walk
Our second stop is Wilder Ranch State Park that was formerly a dairy ranch. Many of the historic ranch structures such as the Victorian home, barn and adobe have been restored. We will break for a social picnic lunch nearby some of these historic sites. The sumptuous calories will fuel us on our 2.5-mile flat wildlife walk along a path overseeing beaches and cliffs. Our first overlook is of rugged cliffs and sandy Strawberry Beach. Wilder Ranch Cliffs and Beach. Photo by Grey3k - Own work, CC BY 3.0
A little further along is Fern Grotto Beach where we can spot harbor seals with their spotted coats in a variety of shades ranging from white or silver-gray to black or dark brown. Harbor seals reach 5 to 6 feet in length and weigh up to 300 pounds. Wilder Ranch Beach Harbor Seals
Along the trails, we may see narrow-leaved clovers, sweet pea, bright yellow bird's-foot trefoil and deerweed, purple sky lupine, pale pink Spanish clover, hot pink tufted vetch and more. At the Wilder Beach overlook, there are dark rocks where shorebirds such as Caspian Tern, Brandt's and Double-crested Cormorant rest between feeding. Brandt's Cormorant with Striking Blue Chin Patch
Third Stop: Chocolate Heaven in Downtown Santa Cruz
Our next stop is award-winning Mutari Chocolate House and Factory that sources ethically traded cacao directly from farms in Ecuador, India, Peru, Honduras, Bolivia and Madagascar. Owners Katy Oursler and Stephen Beaumier are experts with a deep passion for all things chocolate. They hand grind single-origin cacao beans to create their small batch drinking chocolate, confections and baked goods. We will pick up our artisan hot chocolate orders and have an hour to stroll around downtown Santa Cruz before heading back to Silicon Valley.
Mutari Craft and Dark Sipping Hot Chocolate
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