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August: Monterey Bay, CA

August: Monterey Bay, CA

Our entire day in Monterey was planned around our kayaking tour that I booked earlier that week and had been talked about long before this trip even happened. I was determined to go kayaking in the Bay there due to the immense about of sea-life living in the waters. Our road trip started out about 20 minutes later than we planned on and we hit traffic in about every area we could from then on… The worst was when we got extremely close to finally reaching Monterey and the traffic came to a complete stop and our arrival time creeped later and later. Unknown until we arrived was that the big car show and auctions were happening all weekend there. Finally we contacted the company we scheduled our tour with, Monterey Bay Kayaks and put ourselves on a later tour. The company was very accommodating and made it easy for us to switch. Upon arriving in Monterey, we found a spot to park near where the tour would take off and decided to walk up and down the pier to find a bite to eat before going kayaking. Every other time I have been to Monterey I stay in the Cannery Row area and had never actually explored the pier before, but would highly recommend it as part of your trip to Monterey. We found a local food vendor and enjoyed clam chowder and calamari. After this we stopped by a candy shop to get a small treat to eat on our walk back to Monterey Bay Kayaks. Now that it was time for a rescheduled tour, we were given the option to put on wetsuits but never really thought we would be wearing those kayaking and never had before on our canoeing/kayaking adventures so we opted to just stay in our normal clothes. Before hitting the water the instructor gave us many tips, tricks and directions on how to hold your paddles, enter/exit the kayak as well as how to stay safe a group. I would recommend this to a beginner as well as someone who is advanced in kayaking. Once on the water we kayaked in a row of 3 (Instructor, Mom and I’s kayak, and the other Mother/Daughter group). Our first site was a concrete wall almost directly under the parking lot pier where we saw starfishes, sea anemones and a decorator crab! Next we went past the real pier and saw a few harbor seals, some of who swam close to us, curious of what we were doing in the area. Looking to the right, we saw a sea otter mama and baby. We couldn’t get too close to them in order to not disturb them or scare the mom off, but still something I could never forget. (I now sport a “Give Sea Otters Space.” Car sticker with see otters in space gear… Super cute and informative!) We continued our way farther out into the water, but still near the rocky edge looking for jellyfish. We eventually came into a little cove and could easily spot a big one, where they tend to live. As we exited the cove another 4 or 5 sea otters came swimming by us again with another baby on board. Now we came upon the huge rock area where sea lions sunbathe and shout. They are SO loud! When coming to the other side of this rock formation, we were in the pure open ocean now and of course right in boat-goers path. We immediately were struck by a wave created by a boat, but were guided to paddle directly into the water to eliminate so much of the force and avoid falling overboard. The whole beginning of the tour, I had stayed almost completely dry, but this wave was huge and I was in the front of the kayak making me the perfect target. I then became soaking wet and was forced to change into my change of clothes afterwards. We were now coming to the end of our tour and quickly paddled back to shore. We tipped our guide because he was so informative, fun and overall navigated the waters and his job so well. Both my mom and I found an open bathroom in the parking lot where we parked, changed into our new clothes and then wanted to find a Starbucks. Our drive home still continued with the traffic, but eventually we did make it home.

I took close to 0 pictures for this trip, mostly because of the kayaking. I did have a waterproof phone holder but hadn’t tried it out yet and wasn’t going to risk it just to take pictures instead of living in the moment, so I hope my descriptions gave you guys enough of a picture to want to book yourself a tour as well. I would highly recommend Monterey Bay Kayaks because they were $45/person for their guided tour compared to other companies in the area were upwards of $60 for, I am guessing, the same exact thing. (I think some of the others were 2 hours instead of 1.5 hours but I think 1.5 was plenty!) {https://www.montereybaykayaks.com/monterey-tours.html}

I will not being doing a Style post because I did not grab a picture of my outfit, but I was in the comfortable jeans from my July Style post, simple pink tank top and sweater over. I would still recommend wearing your own clothes instead of wetsuit and bring extra clothes, but that is just what I am comfortable in!

I truly hope one of my readers makes this trip because this was an unforgettable experience and I will definitely kayak and possibly even paddleboard next time I am in Monterey to relive it all over again!

Alexis

July: Mendocino County, CA

July: Mendocino County, CA