La Jolla Kayaking With A Shark-Phobic SpouseAuthor: Stacey V. Levinson (More Trip Reviews by Stacey V. Levinson)
Date of Trip: August 2012
About ten minutes later I felt a hand on my back. Mark was pointing to a seal floating in place about 2 feet away that I somehow hadn't noticed.
We stayed like that for awhile. The water, nature and warm contact enveloped us and there was only unspoken joy.
It was one of the most romantic times either of us has experienced and it was all because he kept his word and faced his fears. He could have backed out. We both knew he could have, and we both knew he would not.
We got back into the kayak fairly easily from the water. I got in a lot easier but I am not 6'3 or 185 lbs. There's a reason gymnasts are tiny.
We managed a good rhythm on the way back, and, when we arrived at the off-shore starting point, the guides explained how to ride the waves back into shore without tipping over. They made the tipping over thing sound really dramatic. I suspect it's because they were bored with the whole touring bit by then, and just wanted to go surf already.
Naturally, we tipped over on the way in. Mark tried to look at a fish and 185 lbs. tips a kayak easily when it's leaning half-way over the edge. But it was warm at the shore and any excuse to get back in that water was a good one.
The tip was all talk. It was about as un-dramatic as you can get. After falling into gently rolling waves, we easily righted the lightweight boat while gently pushing it to shore. And then we immediately removed the helmets.
I now love kayaking.
And that's how you get a shark-phobic spouse in shark infested water and have an amazing time.
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