So, today, Heather and I did something on her “life list” which, quite honestly, isn’t something I really ever thought I would do.
SUP, in this instance, isn’t the cool kids way of saying “What’s up?” (with a jaunty little tip of the head), it stands for Stand Up Paddle boarding. We stood, on what is basically a giant surfboard, and paddled into the ocean.
We didn’t see any, but at one point we *thought* we did and I’m pretty sure we both peed in our wetsuits a little.
But, I digress.
Basically, we showed up at Channel Islands Outfitters at 10am and our instructor, Fraser (who is adorable!), got us into wetsuits and out on boards. I mean, he didn’t literally GET us into wetsuits, we did that on our own, but he handed us wetsuits and the appropriate equipment, and took us paddleboarding.
And I have to say, you guys, that it was pretty freaking awesome. It was kind of insane to be out in the ocean, looking down through the kelp beds and watching dolphins swim in the distance, without the hum of a boat engine to break the silence. It was quiet. And peaceful. And really, really insanely beautiful.
We learned stuff about the ocean (Did you know that kelp grows at a rate of 2+ feet per day? Second only to bamboo as the fastest growing plant on the planet?! Or that Cormorants, unlike most other birds, have solid bones instead of hollow bones, which allows them to swim and dive better than other birds? I BET YOU DIDN’T! Unless you were a biology/marine biology major in which case, pffttttt.) and we enjoyed the quiet and the scenery.
Honestly, it was lovely. Except for the end part, when we thought we were going to live the real-life version of JAWS (joke’s on us, it was just a sea lion) and then…were incredibly UNGRACEFUL getting off of our boards and out of the water. I have kelp and sand in places that I shouldn’t have it.
But! Those things didn’t deter me and, in the end, I really enjoyed the experience. I will probably even do it again.
Except next time I’ll skip the wetsuit.
And hopefully my ass will look as good at the one in the picture.