travel | Kayaking With Everyday California

When I found out I was going to San Diego last weekend, I immediately started looking up fun activities that both my mom and I could enjoy. As a lover of the ocean, I am always interested in doing things that get me on the water (see my recent trip to Charleston). During my research, I stumbled upon this blog post by La Jolla Mom. Bingo.

Excuse these photos, most were taken in a waterproof phone case. 😉

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When I booked our kayak tour with Everyday California, I was told that the early morning tours are typically best and the water is less choppy, so I booked us on the earliest available tour: 9:40 am. It’s recommended that you arrive 30 minutes early to check in and get prepared for the tour.

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When my mom and I walked up to Everyday California, we immediately saw people standing outside for the first tour wearing wetsuits. When we walked in to check in, the employee at the front desk highly recommended we rent wetsuits as well (only $10 each) because we would get wet. Although I’d never worn a wetsuit before, I knew I did not want to be wet and cold for the next hour and a half. You are also given a helmet and lifejacket at no cost.Everyday California

Once everyone had checked in, the tour guide led us down to the beach where our kayaks and paddles were waiting for us. Everyone was in a double kayak, which made the thought of being out in the ocean much less scary. One by one, the tour guides helped us get settled into our kayaks and pushed us out into the water. This was the only time we got wet as the tide was very high and the water was very choppy by the beach. Since my mom was in the front seat, she endured the brunt of the waves. But just know, you will get wet, no matter what seat you’re in!

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Once we got past the beach area, it was smooth sailing. We took off as a group and the two tour guides made sure everyone stayed together. The guides were so helpful, funny and knowledgeable. We would stop every 10 minutes or so and they’d fill us in on the history of La Jolla.

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Unfortunately, the tide was too high for us to paddle into any of the caves. From what I’ve read, you are almost guaranteed to see some sea life inside of the cave areas. But judging by the enormous waves crashing into the caves, I’m glad we didn’t take a chance!

Overall, I had an incredible experience with Everyday California. From the time I booked the tour over the phone to the very end of the tour when they helped us ashore, everyone was extremely friendly and helpful.

A few things I would suggest when kayaking with Everyday California:

• Leave your phone and all valuables at the Everyday California shop (or buy a waterproof phone case)

• Invest in a locker for $3 to leave your valuables

• Splurge on the wetsuit — you will get wet!

• Wear flip flops or leave your shoes at the beach (there’s an area to drop them off)

• Wear sunscreen even if it’s not hot outside (my face got some sun!)

• Tip your tour guides, it’s a huge part of their pay

I received a friends and family price to give an honest review of my experience at Everyday California. All opinions are my own.

travel | What To Do In La Jolla

This past weekend, my mom and I went to San Diego to celebrate my 30th birthday. This was the first time we’ve taken a trip just the two of us, and it was such a fun experience. On Saturday, we drove up to La Jolla to spend the day and it was seriously the highlight of the trip.

What To Do In La Jolla

ocean kayaking

I plan to do a full blog post on my experience with Everyday California, but there’s a reason that ocean kayaking is on the top of my list. I’ll admit, it was pretty out of my comfort zone, but I was so happy we took the kayak tour once we were done because we were able to experience La Jolla in a way I never expected. For $50 a person, this is an activity I highly recommend.

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see the seals and sea lions

I am a huge (emphasis on huge!) animal lover, so I was extra excited to see the seals and sea lions in La Jolla. Even though I’d done my research, I was still surprised how many there were. All along the coast, you’d see them swimming, sun bathing, even playing with each other.

The one thing I’d recommend when looking at the seals/sea lions: please keep your distance! There have been so many issues with people getting too close to the animals (who are in their natural habitat) recently, so it’s important to watch them from a distance. Also, if you see a seal or sea lion who is hurt, please call SeaWorld San Diego. The marine mammal rescue number is (800) 541-7325. (Info provided by La Jolla Mom.)

La Jolla Sea Lions

eat at George’s At The Cove

Several people recommended George’s when I told them we were visiting La Jolla. They weren’t lying when they said this place is a must-visit! The food was absolutely incredible and the view was something you only dream of. I ordered the blackened fish sandwich and ate every bite. The fish tasted so fresh!

George's At The Cove

walk around the shops

Only a block away from the ocean off of Prospect St. there are a ton of cute shops and places to grab souvenirs. My mom and I spent awhile just walking around the shops and grabbed coffee at a place called Brick & Bell Cafe, which I highly recommend!

Brick & Bell

shop the look

| denim jacket | top | jeans | tote | sunglasses | shoes |

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