Adam Jensen

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July 2, 2014
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Stargazing by kayak offered at Lake Tahoe's North Shore

Paddling with the stars isn’t a new ill-fated reality show, rather, it is a great way to get out on the water and experience one of the most spectacular aspects of the Sierra Nevada — the night sky.

Tahoe Adventure Company and Tony Berendsen will host the first of three Star Tours adventures combining kayaking and stargazing Monday.

The outings begin with a guided, one-to-two mile, sunset paddle launching from North Shore’s Tahoe Vista Recreation Area and conclude with refreshments, a presentation on the night sky and sky observation through large aperture telescopes with Berendsen, an experienced star guide and past president of the Astronomical Society of Nevada.

The theme of Monday’s voyage is “The Moon and Saturn tip the scales.”

“It will be very, very cool because the moon and Saturn will be right next to each other,” Berendsen said Tuesday.

North Shore’s beaches are especially incredible places for stargazing, the astronomer added. The elevation, typically clear skies and artificial lighting controls combine to create a expansive palette for stars to shine, Berendsen said. The Milky Way Galaxy, the glowing swirl of stars that contains our solar system, is prominent over Lake Tahoe in the summer.

The outings attract people from all over the world and provide a unique Lake Tahoe experience.

“It is going to be really awesome for guests,” Berendsen said.

The $75 cost of the tour includes double kayaks, paddles, life jackets, knowledgeable guides, instruction, natural and human history discussions, permit fees, hot drinks and snacks, according to Tahoe Adventure Company.

Berendsen and the company will team up again two more times this summer, once on Aug. 11 for the Perseid Meteor Shower and once on Sept. 1 for Ptolemy in the night, which includes a touch of Greco-Egyptian lore.

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