Wow, gotta share!! Drove to Laguna Beach w/friends today, and brought foldable kayak to use. Haven't used it in YEARS (And I've only been out with it on relatively calm lake water.) -- didn't even know if I'd remember how to put it together!! Luckily I found the instructions (in waterproof bag, just where anal DH - bless him!! - put them last!
) and my friend and I put it together and I TOOK IT THROUGH THE SURF AND OUT ONTO THE OCEAN -- TWICE!!
I can't believe I did it! I have a healthy respect for the ocean, not having been raised near it and reading scary stories about its moods. I was so scared, but determined to try; my lil heart was just a'pumpin when I went out, thru the waves, into the swells. It was a beautiful day, temp 75 degrees, water temp around 70 degrees. Some high clouds, sky blue, waves crashing on rocks surrounding the cove. I paddled over to Seal Rock and watched the sea lions growl at each other and the pelicans perch for awhile. Then I paddled south past another couple of coves, where two pelicans flew over me, about 20 feet above the water. Then back to Seal Rock and then landed back in Crescent Cove, where I'd put in. I think I saw a dorsal fin of some creature, too, once . . . As I said, I'm not an ocean person, so I'm not sure what I saw but it was on the surface and didn't wiggle like a fish, LOL! As I paddled through the swells (and some areas were like a washing machine) I kept trying to remember phrases I'd read years ago: keep boat at slight angle to swells so they don't flip you over. Don't make any sudden movements so you might dump. Yes, I had my PFD (personal flotation device, = Mae West!!) on, too. It was so cool, and again, I can't believe I worked up the courage to do it!!
Have you ever done something that is momentous for you, beyond your cocoon of security? I'm not a big risk-taker as a rule (really!!) -- are you? Share something cool you've done that surprised you! Thanks for listening!
Jul 27, '03
Wow, Dianah... that sounds WONDERFUL !!! How kool. Yes, it would take courage... and while I love the ocean, lakes, and rivers, I am still pretty wussy about rapid water and BIG waves.
You had a really neat time, I can tell. GOOD FOR YOU !!!
My biggest/scariest accomplishment was skiing down an "experts only" slope with my stepdad in Austria quite a few years ago... took nearly half a day to get to the peak by cable car... and keeping up with him was a real chore as he was an alpine whizz since childhood. I remember reaching the village below as the sun was setting... and we had started out at daybreak.
Oh.. I also fell and split my skipants from front to back... my stepdad never let me live that one down !!!
Last edit by jnette on Jul 27, '03