This morning the husband and I got up at 6am and headed to La Jolla Cove to do some Snorkeling! This was my second time going. I went for the first time ever a couple weeks ago and instantly fell in love with it! Not only is it super relaxing, but you get to see some AMAZING things. Even in a small cove there are tons of fish and the best part about La Jolla Cove is that there are TONS of sea lions perched on the nearby rocks. A couple weeks ago when we went we were snorkeling literally a few feet from swimming sea lions. I could kick my flippers once or twice and be petting them. That's how close we were. Really made me wish I had a GoPro (we are currently saving for one). It was the most amazing experience of my life to date to be that close to cute whiskery sea lions. There are also tons of beautiful Garibaldi fish, which happens to be the California State Fish. They are bright orange and so easy to spot in the water. This is what they look like.
My husband is a certified Scuba Diver and working on being an instructor. He wants me to give it a try but because I'm not really a water person and I've never been in the ocean besides walking in it with my feet I was a noob and little afraid of being in it. I also have the fear of sharks getting me. Even if Great Whites don't come around these tiny coves...I'm a bit paranoid. I love sharks for they are truly amazing animals but being in the water with them in the wild...no thank you! I'm getting off track! So in order to get me used to the water and comfortable with some of the gear he took me snorkeling and the more I do it the more I want to try scuba diving too, eventually. My husband is great friends with the dive store owner that he got certified from and he gets discounts as a result so we took a trip there and got all my snorkeling gear. I got a mask, snorkel, booties, fins, and gloves. I rented my wet-suit because those are HUNDREDS of dollars and it's just better to rent for the time being until we start to go more often. The gear I did get wasn't cheap either but that's because it's top brand and made to last. I went with the purple theme and almost got away with everything being purple and black until we found out the company that makes the split fins I got doesn't have purple! The horror. So I settled for black and grey which still matches.
Overall, I love snorkeling and all the wildlife I get to see in the water makes up for the lack of wildlife on land in California. I love that I'm getting over my fear of the water. I also love that I get a thick wet suit so I'm warm and I float with no effort. If anyone has the opportunity to snorkel I would recommend it hands down! It's a great date idea too! Follow me on INSTAGRAM to see some videos and pictures from our trip to La Jolla Cove.