Paddling My Way to Memories

Two weeks ago Steve and I had the chance to go to San Diego for a visit. We planned to stay a couple of days and coming from (the very wet) Relay for Life and preparing for the Taste of Montrose, I was looking forward to some much-needed rest. Additionally, it was our 35th wedding anniversary and we were going to celebrate.
A quick sidebar: When I was growing up, people who were married 35 years were old. Of course, my parents were married just shy of 18 years – my dad died in 1977. To me, being married 35 years sounded like an eternity. How did it get to be that it really isn’t that long? And how people (like me and Steve) who are married for that length of time aren’t really old after all? Interesting.
But I digress…
As we were getting ready to head south, I developed a nasty cough that caused me to go to the urgent care in Montrose (which I love, FYI). I was prescribed cough medicine that guaranteed a good night’s sleep. I took it on Saturday night in San Diego and voila! On Sunday I was ready to take on the world (amazing what a good night’s sleep can do).
We wanted to do something fun, something that we hadn’t done before and decided to try kayaking in La Jolla. An outfit called Everyday California offered experienced guides who would take us on a tour of the ecological reserve, which is a marine protected area. There are also sea caves that, when the water isn’t too rough, you can kayak to. The website promised the chance to see sea lions, seals, garibaldi – all types of marine life. Sounded perfect!
After I pulled on a wetsuit (Steve opted not to get one, brave man that he is), we walked with a group of about 14 people and two guides over to the beach – about a four-block walk. We were given instructions on how to kayak past the incoming surf – which was substantial – then handed our paddles and boats and out we went.
I never knew that I could paddle so hard as when I saw what looked like a hundred foot wave coming at me! I just stared at my feet and let my arms fly – but we made it past the surf! In no time we were listening to the guides talk about the ecosystem while watching sea lions and dolphins pop up through the water.
But the truly magical part of the day was when three whales actually broke the surface not 50 feet away! It was late in the season – April was almost over – but we were treated to a trio of behemoths. It was breathtaking and, as the Everyday California website stated, “memorable experiences await you.”
We high-fived each other as we paddled back into shore knowing that our 35th anniversary was definitely a memorable one.

Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta Valley Weekly. She can be reached at or (818) 248-2740.
Robin Goldsworthy is the publisher of the Crescenta
Valley Weekly. She can be
reached at
or (818) 248-2740.