…get yourself in an outrigger as fast as you can.
I couldn’t wait to do it. Here’s our guide, Kane, getting our outrigger ready to go. All I was missing was the flower lei on my head and a sea shell calling horn.
We took off and paddled our way to a black beach.
Kane was explaining the wild life and starting talking about sea urchins. He proceeded to wander out and take a few sea urchins off the rocks and was explaining how some of these are a delicacy.
He then offered for us to try it. I kindly declined…but my husband…um, well…
Here is Kane’s face after the hubby downed this delicacy.
And then he muttered “I didn’t think he’d do it”….Rut Roh! Have I mentioned before that my husband has an extremely sensitive stomach?!
We then got back in the outrigger and paddled out to sea again so we could do some snorkeling.
We buoyed up to a spot that Kane called the “cleaning station” and proceeded to explain that the sea turtles come to this spot to let the fish nibble on them and clean the algae off their backs…isn’t nature a wonderful process?
The sea turtles were everywhere.
We then paddled back to shore. Experiences like this are a little bit of heaven to me ~ it was an incredible adventure.
These kayaks belong to my husband and me. This picture was taken a summer or two ago when we docked in Half Moon Bay for a lunch break.
Ocean Kayaking is my favorite sport. I can’t explain it but it is a euphoric feeling for me to glide through the ocean waters, listening only to the rhythmic sound of the salt water splashing against my kayak, and sharing my day with sea otters, seals and seagulls who circle around me with curiosity. It is I who has invaded their territory, so I move with respect for their domain. This is a gift that reminds me of how small I am and makes me appreciate the wonders of the world. Sounds cheesy I know, but this is one of the things in life that centers me. What centers you?
(My apologies ~ not a great quality photo but I liked the image for the challenge.)