Instant beach bums, Morgan and I turned in San Diego beach for a healthy salad wrap and a delicious fruit smoothie. It was a nice change from the disappointing Mexican food we had in Mexico. Still trying to work that one out! We parked up the van quite easily just a block from the beach and took a stroll around Ocean Beach. The sun was out but the air was still cold against our skin. The summer days I was hoping for in this beachy town had not arrived just yet. I was looking forward to not layering up every morning before stepping outside. The waves rolled into the beach and I would have loved to join the many surfers on the beach but it wasn't quite warm enough for that just yet. So instead we explored the little town, visited the swift shops, and watched the locals, including some early drunks, laze about on the park by the beach. The green patch of parkland featured a couple picnicking, a group beggars resting by a tree in the sun, three women carrying out energy chakras & performing yoga and young skater boys jumping off anything they could. The park was also filled with dogs of all kind. San Diego was definitely a dog loving town. We had a nice seafood lunch by the water and spent a couple of days by the beach before moving onto La Jolla Beach just a short 30 minutes drive away. This beach is famous for the good surf break and the seals that laze by the ocean and sun themselves on the rocky platforms surrounding the sea.
We signed up for a Cave kayak tour that promised to take us out past the surf and into the La Jolla caves were the seas lions and seals spend their days. We paddled out past the surf break without a hitch and wadding in the water listening to stories from the young Californian tour guide. Unfortunately due to the rough sea we were unable to go into the caves themselves which was very disappointing but we did see a few very noisy seals laid out on the rocks but missed the complete experience. The novelty of having seals by the beach side wares off rather quickly when the smell they emit reaches your nose. They are some very smelly animals. It’s a nice tourist attraction to have the seals there but as for the benefit of the locals or any swimming visitors they definitely don’t create a nice place to swim. There was often signs displayed, warning about swimming at the beach due to the contaminated water. Further up along the beach was a lovely swimming spot and beach area with no seals but plenty of local Cali’s. There was a lovely sunny beach with a few volley nets, a huge park right next to the beach with plenty of BBQ’s. There was a lot of family and group of young teenagers having drinks and lunch and as the sun went down having bon fires on the beach. Morgan and I were set up in the van right on the beach so we left the door open to let the sea breeze in and cooked up a nice meal on the beach. We were completely and totally chilled out in San Diego.