|Sea Kayak Instruction in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast of California.|
|Liquid Fusion Kayaking's 5 day Art of Sea Kayaking Mendocino gets 2 Thumbs UP!|
We left the Tsunami Ranger retreat a day early so that we could teach and present at the Headwaters Albion Bash. Just before we departed, our Tsunami tribe gathered to wish us off. Captain Kakuk issued the official invite for me to take my Tsunami Ranger test at next year's retreat. I feel incredibly honored by their invitation and look forward to many more adventures with the Tsunami Rangers.
|Colorful boats and colorful characters of the Tsunami Rangers kayaking in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast.|
The Headwaters Kayak Shop in Lodi is run by Dan Arbuckle and The Headwaters Adventure Company in Redding is run by his parents Joe and Terri Arbuckle. Each year they put together several kayaking retreats for their local kayak clubs and invite other kayakers to come as well. The weekend after Labor Day has become a traditional weekend for them to come to the Mendocino Coast. The Albion River Campground is a great venue as it provides camping and access to the beautiful Albion River Estuary and the Pacific Ocean. Sterling Donaldson of Sterling Kayaks often attends and brings demo kayaks with him. This year he brought the new Progression.
|Sterling Kayaks Reflection and Progression.|
|Rock Garden Safety and Rescue Class on the Mendocino Coast.|
|Liquid Fusion Kayaking on the Big Van! Photo by Dan Arbuckle|
We also did a video presentation of some of our adventures in the Lost Coast. Here's a the Lost Coast video - (Please note if you are attending Lumpy Waters you may see some of this footage again.)
On Sunday, we guided a sea kayak rock garden tour. We had great conditions. There was enough swell and bumpy waters to challenge everyone's comfort; however, the swell was mild enough for us to explore some beautiful sea caves. Jeff and I got to paddle the Sterling Kayaks Progression. We had fun testing the Progression as a platform for rough water paddling, rock gardening, and guiding.
Many special moments happened during Sunday's tour. As I assisted Jeff, I took time to watch our students faces as they went through challenging moments but also moments of pure bliss. Several members of our trip have physical challenges and this tour was a monumental experience for them.
|Sea kayaking in dynamic waters along the Mendocino Coast.|
|Jeff and Cate Rock'n Sterling Kayaks Progression in the rock gardens of the Mendocino Coast. Photo by Dan Arbuckle|
|Marcella enjoying an afternoon on the water in her Sterling Illusion.|