Since Jen's camera and sea water are not the best of friends, theonly way we could record our magical moments out on the kayak wasthrough a written account. We glided into the clear blue La Jolla cove on our kayak at 1pm onFriday. Jen sat in the front and I at the back of our two person kayak(not a catamaran). Once we got a healthy stride, we saw a group ofbright red and orange kayakers wearing life jackets. Something wasgrabbing their attention, and we wanted to see what the action wasabout. When we got there, dark shadows swam under our kayak. Theslender, sleek creatures were leopard sharks, and the graceful roundblobs below were actually bat rays and sting rays.
Jen and I decided that sharks and rays were over rated, so we headedout to sea where we encountered Sleeping Sam the Seal. His eyestightly closed, his whiskers twitched, and he breathed with anadorable sigh. We floated by him and like most humans, he was annoyedbecause we woke him up. He swam under our kayak, floating underneathin the green haze. We eventually let him be.
About a mile out we conversed with a sea cucumber fisherman, andnavigated through a swaying kelp forest canopy. You could follow withyour eyes the kelp's long bodies running deep into the dark watersbelow.
Then I spotted a red ball floating in the distance. As we approachedit, we immediately lost interest for at that time multiple pods ofcommon dolphins swam directly towards us. We could have put our handsout and leaned in the water and touched them as they jumped, spun inthe air and landed with a crash. I have surfed with many dolphinsbefore, but this was something unique, due to the sheer quantity ofthem, the playful demeanor, and the beauty of seeing them glide underwater and under our kayak.
If you can maintain composure with the blazing sun, the chilly LaJolla water, and the variety of wildlife, this is a great date idea.Of course, the date could turn rather sour if one of you doesn't knowhow to swim.