Sunday morning L had to go to brunch with the groom and I took this as my chance to do something I would have never dreamed of while I lived in California- Stand up paddle boarding. (SUP)
I walked over to Monterey Bay Kayaks and rented a board for 2 hours. The guys in the store were knowledgable and very nice and helped me get in the proper size wetsuit, paddle, board, etx. We went over what to do about wildlife and where exactly I could paddle. Soon I was off paddling around Monterey Bay.
I expected to see sea lions, seals and otters but I wasn't expecting to see them so close. The adolescent sea lions were ridiculously playful and would follow the kayaks and jump out of the water. I was actually freaking out they would try to get on my board but luckily they kept their distance.
Why yes that's an adolescent sea lion jumping out of the water right in front of me!
It was a truly amazing experience to paddle in the Pacific Ocean and see the animals in their habitat from a perspective not many other people would ever get to witness. To feel the wind on my face, the cold Pacific Ocean on my feet, to see the sea lions playing, and the otters grooming themselves- My god it was fantastic.
After paddling for a while it was time to get ready for the wedding.
The wedding was beautiful and was a celebration of friends, family and love. I'm happy L and I were able to be apart of the special day.
I really wished this weekend didn't have to end so soon, but Monday morning we had to head back to catch our flight to Chicago.
I miss waking up to the sounds of the sea lions barking.
Friends, Mikkeller Bar, San Francisco- Part 1
Los Gatos Creek trail running, Friends, Monterey Bay, Pacific Ocean- Part 2
And these are some of the reasons I absolutely love and miss this place.