There’s no better time to introduce my blog than by starting with the beginning– when I was a recent graduate working in the “real world.” Within a few weeks of working a full-time job, I knew I was going to need to take frequent breathers and get outdoors. Fortunately, I learned of an outdoor group called Trail Mavens based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where I live.
I immediately signed up for their Point Reyes Kayak Camping Trip. And for the record, no, I have very little experience with kayaking. That’s the beauty of Trail Mavens— you don’t need to be an experienced outdoors-woman (yup, sorry boys, Trail Mavens is for the ladies!).
I was in awe, from the start, of how incredibly well-organized the trip was. I received an email with full details explaining everything from what I needed to pack to where I needed to meet my carpool.
Early on a Saturday morning, I met the ladies in my carpool outside an REI (very appropriate, right?), and off we headed across the Golden Gate Bridge to Point Reyes.
Here, we met up with the rest of the Trail Mavens and rented kayaks from Blue Waters Kayaking (which I highly recommend!). We put our food, tents, and the rest of our belongings in trash bags and strapped them down to the tandem kayaks. We partnered up and soon were off to beautiful Tomales Bay, where we camped on the sand.
Along a day hike, we came across some adorable cows, and I had the opportunity to take my first group selfie on my GoPro…only after a few failures…
One of the most amazing parts of the trip was kayaking late at night to see bioluminescent plankton. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to capture any photos of the glowing water, but it truly is one of those things you have to see in person. It was cold, our wetsuits were already soaked from earlier in the day, and we were tired, but we knew it would be worth it. And, of course, it was!
Weekender tip: If you are a woman living in the San Francisco Bay Area looking, try out Trail Mavens. It attracts some incredible women, all of whom are open to adventure! While a trip can be costly, Trail Mavens offers monthly payment plans to make paying easier as well as photographer discounts.