To most, the Oakland estuary is a brackish strait that separates Oakland from Alameda. But to Tammy Borichevsky, it’s an urban water trail. “You feel like you’re out in the middle of nature,” says the co-owner of California Canoe & Kayak. The one- and two-person kayaks she rents are a bridge to that wilder world, where spindly-legged herons high-step in the shallows and gray pelicans patrol the skies. From the dock, it’s a 4 1/4-mile round-trip, south and back around Coast Guard Island, and when the wind picks up, the paddle can be tough. But at the bookends of the day, when the gusts subside and the water turns glassy, even novice kayakers can handle a voyage that takes you a long way without going very far.
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