Saturday, July 27, 2013

Still at it

Still kayaking often, just have not made a post for a while.  Not much interesting happening this time of year.  And I have not been on a kayak dive for some time.  I have done some long paddles since getting my new kayak. It has a little more speed than my Scrambler XL, longer and sleeker also more controlable in the surf.

Some pics from my Frida (7/26 ) paddle.
Sea Lions

Kayak tourist at La Jolla Caves

Mt Soledad and La Jolla.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It Happened Again

Well, It happened again.  I went kayaking  on March 13 in the afternoon.  Came home and locked my kayak on top of my car.  When I got up the next morning my kayak was gone, the tie downs were cut and the cable lock had been cut and was missing with my U-bolt bike lock. I made a Police report.  The Police said that there is very little hope of getting it back.  And I don't think I will be as lucky as the last time.  They also said that there are no locking ssytems that will completely deter a determined thief.  They just keep the honest people honest and the lazy or ill-prepared thieves foiled until they come back with the right tools for the job.

So I had no choice but to find another kayak.

So my new kayak!!!


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Whale Watching 1/20/13

A crystal clear warm day in San Diego.  Went kayaking on Sunday with my buddy Sue to hunt for Gray Whales.  We launched at Marine Room. There was no surf at all along this section of beach and the surface was glassy as far as we could see. A forty minute paddle to about two miles off La Jolla Shores, but just a half mile from the Chidren's Pool is where we headed.  This is where we most often see whales.  There must be some kind of underwater geographical feature that channels them here. Everytime I have seen a whale from my kayak it has been in this area.

No sooner had we reached our desination then we started spotting them.  The one pictured below would breach and exhale about five times and then sound, its tail would rise and then disappear below the surface for a deep dive.  He would then be gone for about five minutes.  We witnessed this about four times.  And though we are not sure it may have been the same whale.  This is based on timing and the repeated behavior.
But we know for a fact that there were more than one in the area as we did see more than one spout at a time

PIctures speak a thousand words

The water was so still and glassy you can see my reflection.  This was taken at our furthist point from shore in open water.  Hardly a ripple.

Then back at The Marine Room we were able to see the Leopard Sharks where they hang out in the shallows.  There were dozens of them.  This is a yearly occurance.  but not usually at this time of year.  This is very unusual.  This is more a late spring and summer phenomena.