My fabulous birthday present/adventure from my Beloved was an ocean kayaking trip with Everyday California tours http://www.everydaycalifornia.com/tours-rentals/kayak-tour. We chose the Seven Seas Cave Tour within the La Jolla Ecological Preserve. We suited up in the provided dorky helmut and protective life jacket and follow our knowledgeable, friendly tour guide down to the beautiful beach. There are a number of folks playing in the water, which was 72 degrees this day, some laying out in the sun on the clean, light soft sand under slightly swaying umbrellas. There is a slight small surf, the sun is sparkling off of the water. Beloved and I shared a kayak – which, to me, is more fun. The water is crystal clear! It was amazing.
Our tour guide points out areas of interest under the water – the sand with sea life within it, the reefa bit further beyond, fleshes out interesting stories about inhabitants of the estates along the shoreline and what it’s like to there. We see Girabaldi – golden and a bit larger than, but colored like goldfish. We paddled as a group over to the cave area which looked like a painting, even in real life. The colors were extraordinary – I believe they were sandstone. The walls of the cave had tones of green, red, sandstone, some yellows and were dotted with Cormarand and there nests. You have to really look, but there were also sea lions flattened on the rocks, sunning themselves and just being being generally darling. The final cave we entered two kayaks at a time and it was beyond awesome! Inside were three sea lions that I didnt’ even notice initially lounging about. What a great way to spend my birthday! I highly recommend a visit!
CORMORANTs nesting on the walls of the Caves in La Jolla
On the Water! La Jolla, California
Our Kayaking Guide Enlightening Us With Cave Facts
Go Eliza. She is my avatar!
Looking into the entrance to the cave
Eliza Adventuring With Us! The Original Explorer Gal
Reflection of the Sun – Diamonds on my Birthday!
Sea Lions. Didn’t Notice Them at First
This is my second foray into kayaking, and kayaking on the ocean. Initially terrified, now that I realize I will not be falling off, these little waves are FUN!
A lady and a small child were out making these. Imagine that this is the sand castle you just pop out for fun. Talent1
This is on a door walking along tourist section near beach
Mosaic Seating Bench along Tourist section by bench.
This is the door knocker on someones’ front door! Isn’t this just cool and creative.
Lovely doorway, La Jolla, Cali
Citadel Shopping Center – we passed on way down to La Jolla. They are already prepared for Christmas.
Interesting architecture at The Citadel shopping center
Near Los Angeles. I just think it is interesting. There are a number of places like this where one can celebrate and learn about particular cultures.
Closeup of ribbon
My Birthday Cake! Chocolate Chocolate Chip from IHOP
Today, is my 49th year on the planet. Some years have been okay, some pretty rough and most fantastic. The last few years have been an extraordinary time of personal growth. I attribute the extraordinary years to three thing 1) When I purposely (finally) took my paws off of the steering wheel of my life, lo and behold, God immediately took over and Wow! what a driver. Thank you Thank you Thank you. 2) I’ve made it a habit to step OUT of my comfort zone. One of my biggest fears/obstacles has been heights. I am a nurse and once my children matured and were beginning their lives, it became time to expand my career/life and get my rear on a plane! I sat at the airport back home repeatedly over the course of years watching grandmothers and 5 year olds confidently board and deplane and I was terrified! Finally screwed up the gazongas to board a plane (carefully choosing mid-plane inside row away from windows) and my life changed! I love flying. Now I press my face to the window and watch and listen to take-off and landing – marveling every time it is happening. It’s beautiful up there, I can’t imagine never experienceing it. Fying opened up the world to me, truly. I’ve met the most diverse , interesting people from all parts of the world, experienced cultures that I would never have imagined. Yes, I have seen beautiful places and I am grateful. The people that I have known in these 49 years are like exotic flowers in a beautiful bouquet and I love love love them! This has been such a blessing. 3) Life sometimes gets overwhelming/stressful (surprise). It turns out that when I focus on others, helping or caring about them, my problems get really small. Life gets bigger and better. May I now request my birthday present? 1) Face your area of discomfort or fear head on! Look at one area in your life that you think “I can’t do that, I am afraid to do that” and just do it (thanks Nike). I have heard wonderful sermons that state “Your blessing is in the area that you are most afraid.” This has proven to be true in my life. Take one small step and your life is going to change, I promise.. 2) Travel!! Look around you now and realize the beauty and diversity of the landscape and the people. Experience other ways of approaching situations and life and appreciate it all! 3) Find a cause that you are interested in and believe in and get involved. Chase your passion. Keep at least one pair of new, thick socks, a new toothbrush and toothpaste in your car and GIVE IT AWAY to a person in need. Thank you for 49 wonderful years! Thank you for sharing your wisdom, your friendship and your time. I am truly blessed! Thank you God for my wonderful children! Thank you for my Beloved! Let the party continue…