On a perfect day in October we met our boat at the Bridge to Nowhere at Liberty Island. There was no wind and it was warm not hot. The migratory birds were just starting to return. The tide was about at its high water mark for the day. We headed out into “the stairstep” on our way to look at cow pasture that will be returned to tidal wetlands and then on to Cache Slough.
The Cache Slough complex is a mix of hunting areas, and agriculture. Unlike the southern Delta there is still lots of vegetation, even along “project levees” (built to Army Corp standards). It is a beautiful place for boating. It was a weekday so we did not see many fishermen. The Cache Slough also has potential for restored tidal wetlands–something the Delta has lost more than 95%. Tidal wetlands play an important role in providing habitat for Delta Smelt and other native fish and for producing food for the rest of the estuary.
By the time we got to Cache Slough (with many stops along the way to look at natural and man made features), the tide was receding. The sun was rising high in the sky and there was still no wind. Fantastic.
I will return to kayak or canoe here someday.