Back in the spring, Living Social ran a great deal on a kayak exploration through La Jolla Cove. My husband and I love kayaking and this also sounded like a great way to tour the area.
It felt as though summer slipped through our fingers. Soon, it was August and we were scrambling to use our voucher before it was too late. We were forced to reschedule once already and coming into this second appointment, we were a little nervous that circumstances may arise that would force us to reschedule.
Nothing happened. We were able to hit the water with .
An hour before our appointment, we were at the shack, filling out paperwork and trying on helmets and life vests. We made our way outside and waited for our guides and the rest of our 18-person group.
The kayaks were launched right off the shore. My husband and I shared a tandem boat, where he sat in the back being the stronger of the two. He may have had to row a little harder, but I acted as a human shield and caught most of the waves.
For about 90 minutes, we rowed around, taking in the coastline and some information our two guides gave. We approached the caves and an unusual combination of high tide and calm waters allowed us to go through the caves. My husband and I were the first boat to make it through the caves and we saw at least five seals singing and playing. The caves do offer great acoustics and I had never seen seals in their natural habitats.
The weather was a little gloomy, offering cooler temperatures, but the water felt nice and it seemed that others had the same idea that we did. The beaches were swarming with people and the waters were full of snorkelers and other boaters. If we weren't combating kelp or seaweed with our oars, we were watching out for swimmers.
We saw the seven caves of La Jolla up close and learned how alcohol was smuggled during times of Prohibition. It was really neat.
The tour seemed to come to an end so quickly. I was hoping to row through the caves more, but I was still really happy that we were able to do this. This did, however, solidify my need to get kayaks. I really, really want a kayak.