Enough complaining about the cold, it's time to tell you about the our amazing trip to California. The first wedding was on Friday night in La Jolla (North of San Diego). When we realized that we were going to be spending a couple of days in La Jolla we knew we had to go swimming. So instead of packing an extra pair of pants I packed my wetsuit instead :) Rachel, blogger at Diary of an Amateur Triathlete, has blogged about swimming in the La Jolla before so we sent her an email and asked for some tips. She wrote us right back and told us the best place to go! (By the way, I just went to her blog to find the entry about swimming in La Jolla and found a picture of the giant squids that washed up on shore this year - thank God I did not see these pictures before the swim!!) Thanks Rachel!
On Thursday morning we woke up bright and early and headed over to the cove. It was easy to find and since it was still early, about 8:30am, we had no problem with parking. We were greeted by this amazing site:
A lifeguard was on duty which made me feel a bit better...
When I made it to the last buoy I stopped and waited for Sam. I spent the most amazing 4 minutes just floating in the ocean. It was unbelievably peaceful. I can't even describe what an amazing feeling it was. I couldn't hear anything other then the water moving and the birds singing. The ocean was so blue and the sun shined on my face. It. was. incredible.
Sam arrived and we floated together for a minute and then we headed back to shore. My trip back to shore was not quite as peaceful. Once I was able to see the ocean floor again I started to panic. I was really freaking myself out about the ocean life. I was always breathing with my face in the sun so when I put my head back in the water I would see the "sun streaks" which I would think were jelly fish. I ended up swimming as fast as I could just so I could get out of the water. It only took me 13 minutes to get back to shore!
The picture above is Sam swimming back in (he is in the middle with the white cap and arm coming out of the water)
This was the only time I had a chance to swim because I was busy with my bridesmaid duties, but I did get a chance to go for a run on Friday morning. It was a short run but it was also beautiful to be along the ocean. The air was fresh and the people were so friendly. I passed about 12 other runners and everyone waved and said good morning! I couldn't imagine living here and having the opportunity to swim in the ocean like this on a regular basis (okay - maybe I can imagine). In fact, I may or may not be scheming to figure out how to relocate at this very moment :)