Kayaking La Jolla Cove
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My friends Karine and Jean arrived from France Friday evening and yesterday (Saturday) we spent several hours shopping for clothes for Jean. As we all know all too well, the dollar makes clothing and goods really cheap for Europeans, so Karine and Jean picked up several basics for him to wear for the trip and after.
Today we got up, ate some breakfast at home and headed out to La Jolla for a kayaking and snorkeling trip. George, suffering from a seriously bad flu, decided to stay home and I decided to not snorkel with my friends as I felt like I was fighting a virus, too. So Jean and Karine got into full body wetsuits and trekked across La Jolla village with our guide Paul.
I just have to describe how cool Paul is. He reminds me of Adrian Grenier (Vince from Entourage), just a little darker in coloring and with straight hair, but incredibly attractive, smart, and laid back. Karine and I spent the rest of the afternoon joking how we would consider leaving our husbands for Paul if given the chance. ;0)
Paul guided us in the kayaks out to La Jolla Cove, pointing out the paragliders at Torrey Pines and leopard sharks swimming underneath us. Jean and Karine had never been kayaking before, and they had a real treat making the kayak jump the waves and keeping still when we stopped to look around us.
We kayaked up to the five caves of La Jolla. Jean and Karine got out and snorkeled around the cove, even venturing into one of the caves. My kayak was tied to their kayak, so I followed them and watched their amazement at swimming with a variety of fish, including the vibrant orange Garibaldi, California's state fish.
After about 1.5 hours, we headed back to shore. Although I have kayaked for years, I’ve never ocean kayaked and so had an absolute blast letting the waves push us onto shore.
We got dried off, and then decided we were starving. So we headed up the coast, cruising by Torrey Pines and up to Del Mar all the way to Solana Beach. We stopped at a small coffee shop and had one of the best sandwiches ever�"for me a hummus and veggie wrap and for them grilled cheese. So delish!
Then we headed back to Torrey Pines, found a great parking space on the main stretch, and walked the beach toward the cliffs. What a gorgeous walk! I had meant to walk the beach for a few years now, but never did and was really happy with the opportunity to do so now. Usually the beach is crowded when I go, but today with it being past Labor Day, we enjoyed sharing the beach with only a few people.
Afterwards we headed back to La Jolla and drove up Soledad Mountain for a stunning view of La Jolla, Torrey Pines, University City, Mission Bay, and downtown San Diego.