There’s something about the ocean that inspires peace of mind. This is true whether you’re a surfer, a snorkeler, or a casual observer.
So what happens when you spend almost your entire life living on an island, and then find yourself in a land-locked city? Why, you run off to California, of course!
On our last day in San Diego, California; Ericson, Tristan, and I had two main goals. We planned to hike Annies Canyon, and we planed to go snorkeling at La Jolla.
Apparently, all beach adventures begin with finding parking space in California, because just like our Torrey Pines trip, we spent at least 15 to 20 minutes just looking for a place to park.
Free parking by the beach, and parking lots close by, fill up quickly. Because of this, parking lots facing the beach charged as much as $15 per hour! Luckily, we were able to find parking a block away at $15 for the day.
Almost as soon as we set our things down, we found an unexpected sunbather, soaking up the sun.
However, everyone else seemed to be ignoring the sleepy sea lion, so we resolved to do the same. When he opened his mouth to yawn, and we saw his bloody teeth, we were quite happy that we had done so.
With one failed snorkeling attempt under my belt, I could barely wait to see what La Jolla was working with. But after all the rave reviews, I was a little disappointed.
I was happy to be in the water again, and to be snorkeling for the first time in two years. But La Jolla has nothing on the Caribbean. Our waters are warmer, clearer, bluer, and less “polluted” by seaweed.
I didn’t take any underwater pictures, but I found two on Instagram, that basically sum up the underwater experience:
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One of my favourite #freediving experiences but I couldn't feel any of my body parts afterwards…. freezing cold water 💦 #lajollacove with #sealions 🦈 #sandiego #california #lajollasnorkeling #lajollabeach #lajollashores #freediver #freedivers #mermaid #mermaids #wetsuit #freezingwater #wetsuit #westcoast #saynotosnorkels
Just to give some perspective, here are two other pictures from Instagram. These, however, are of snorkeling spots in Jamaica. Notice a difference?
Time to Go
It may not have measured up to my Caribbean standards, but I had fun at La Jolla. After about two hours though, we had worked up quite an appetite, and left to hunt for food.
We had lunch at Karl Strauss Beer in La Jolla. It’s a nice little bar and restaurant a few blocks away from the beach. They had specialty beers, good wine, and great food.
After lunch, we headed back to the house to get some rest. I left for Atlanta, GA the following morning, while the guys stayed on for another day or two.
Needless to say, Shadow was very happy to have me back with him. Too bad I’ll be leaving him again in the fall to witness the leaf-turnings in New England.
I’m an autumn baby, so naturally it’s one of my favourite seasons. What’s your favourite season, and where do you plan to spend it? Tell me all about it in the comments below!
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