Sea Kayaking La Jolla, Taxes and Losing A Bike
It’s been a busy week-end at the beast headquarters. It all started with puuuurfect weather (what else, this is San Diego after all) and another meet-up with our new intrepid RVing buddies Lu & Terry from Paint Your Landscape. Our mission this time was to go kayaking at La Jolla Sea Caves.
Now this little expedition is something that’s been on my list for a while. La Jolla boasts 7 littoral (formed by wave action) Sea Caves that are part of the massive San Diego-La Jolla Underwater Park which spans 6,000 acres (24 km2) of ocean bottom and tidelands in La Jolla Cove.
The area is a pristine ecological preserve that allows snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, paddle-boarding and swimming. Because of it’s status as an ecological preserve (no fishing, littering etc.) and an abundance of reef and underwater Giant Kelp this area has a uniquely high concentration of sea life. It’s one of the must see things in San Diego, but you can only go inside the caves with a guide. Since we were only going once this seemed like the thing to do, so despite my natural avoidance of all things touristy, both Lu and I agreed to go in with a tour.
Now if you’ve read Lu’s post on the day you already know what’s coming. It was literally the puuuurfect day for kayaking -> blue sky, light breeze, calm water and warm T-shirt weather sunshine. The water was fabulous, the views spectacular and I had moments of pure ocean bliss paddling the water with my feet pointed to the wide, blue horizon.
But the tour, sorry to say, was a bomb. Despite the company claiming they only take out “small groups” we must have had ~20 kayaks in our group, and once we got to the sea caves there was a back-up of at least 3 other groups to get in. We waited, and waited, and waited….and then paddled in for….less than 30 seconds of sitting inside one cave before being directed to go back out. That was pretty much the tour done. I fear all the tour companies in the area are similar in this respect.
Now we did get to see dolphins, sea lions and amaze ourselves at the Giant Kelp that grows in the cove (one of the few spots in the world!), but all of that would probably have been more relaxing without the tour group. My advise is most definitely to go, but to bring your own kayak or rent without a guide and take your own fine time around the bay. You can explore and enjoy the whole area except for going physically inside the caves.
Back home we wasted away the rest of the week-end doing taxes (oh, the joy of it all). All I can say on that topic is that I am, yet again, incredibly thankful to be resident of a no-tax state and have full-time RV tax benefits that we take advantage of. Our other little hic-up was that someone stole my 15-year old mountain bike right from outside our RV. Now this bike, if you’ve ever seen it, might well be the ugliest and most rusty thing still turning on wheels so why anyone would want to steal it is beyond me. And in 2 years of RVing (and being quite lax about our outdoor equipment) we’ve never had a single item taken. It’s a total freak event and won’t likely change how we operate, but for purely sentimental reasons I miss the old girl. Then again, it’ll probably be nice to get a new bike…oh, and did I mention it…the weather is puuuurfect