Something I really wanted to get out of this trip was to do and experience as many new things as I could and I really lucked out in this department because the Millers were the kindest guides and California was a place full of things to try for the first time.
One of this things I have always wanted to try was surfing. So one faithful morning I had my very first surf lesson with Bridget and Micheal. I have to admit that I was terrified, not just of being terrible at surfing but also of the ocean. Its not just because its huge and strong but also because the night before the surf lesson the beach we were going was closed because of sightings of sharks. The morning of the lesson the beach was cleared though and I played it cool since everyone else seemed unfazed, but you better believe I was a nervous wreck. After some instructions on the sand it was time to get our suits on and hit the waves. Or actually get hit by the waves. Three hours later I had swallowed half said ocean, got a good beating from my board more often than I’d like to admit and only caught a wave once, sitting on one knee in a classic proposal position, but wow what a thrill!! We went for sushi afterwards and when we got home we learned that just as we left, the sharks were sighted again and they closed the beach. Despite the creepy feeling this is definitely something I want to do again in the not to distant future. I was amazed at how hard it was and how much power it required. I quickly learned that my upper body strength is a joke so that is something to work on too. Its true what they say right, the more effortless things look the more ridiculous technique and strength it requires. True for ballet, true for surfing. Anyway this class definitely pushed my boundaries and I loved it. I wish I could share some videos of this whole thing but this was the part of the trip where I really really wished I had a Go-Pro as I have no record or proof of this adventure taking place except in my head.
In other Ocean related “firsts” from this trip; we went whale watching and I saw dolphins for the very first time! For a girl that used to collect The Dolphin Diaries by Lucy Daniels this was definitely a dream come true! Snapping good shots of them was ridiculously difficult but here’s a spoiler for future posts; weeks later I went Whale-watching in Boston and my super skilled brother took incredible pictures of that so there is some more/better to come.
A little note on whale watching; do a little research before you book the trip. There are companies out there that don’t respect wild life and really disturb these beautiful animals whose territory you’ll be entering. Their boats are too loud and come way too close to the animals, there are other options so please be mindful before you book.
Have you ever been whale-watching? or surfing? Any pro-surfers out there with some tips and tricks? Cause I surely could use some!
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