Beautiful (and a Little Creepy) Swim at La Jolla Cove

La Jolla Cove
I was on vacation in the Carlsbad / San Diego until yesterday.  One of the things that was on the top of my list to do while we were there was to swim at La Jolla Cove.  I have been following the La Jolla Cove Swim Club for a while now on Facebook and have always wanted to participate in one of their events, but it's never worked out.

On Tuesday, my brother Jake and I finally made it out to the cove to swim.  It was an overcast day, but the air temperature was perfect for me.  The water felt chilly at first, but was fine after getting in.  I had emailed Bob West, President of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club, the week before and he told me the water was about 65 degrees. 

There were quite a few seals (or sea lions, I'm not sure what the difference is...) and they made me a little nervous since I have heard about people being bitten by them.  Sometimes they were swimming withing 20 feet of us.

The water was beautifully clear and it was cool to be able to see the ocean floor and fish swimming around.  The orange Garibaldi, which is the symbol of the club, were easy to find among the stringy plants.

Apart from the seals, the thing that really freaked me out was the kelp.  I would be swimming along, minding my own business, when all of the sudden I would find myself tangled up in the stuff.  If I lifted my head to sight, I could spot the larger clusters and try to avoid them.  I was surprised at how rough some of the plants are, they actually scratched us a little swimming through them.

There were a bunch of other people out there swimming while we were there, but I didn't get a chance to talk to any of them.

After spending so much time in the Great Salt Lake, I was curious to see how ocean water compared.  I could hardly even tell that there was salt in the water until I got hit with a wave while breathing and took in a mouthful.

It was a little creepy, but I'm sure it was just because of my lack of ocean swimming.  I could get used to swimming in the cove every day.

1 comment:

James Jonsson said...

Josh, sea lions have protruding ears whereas seals do not, they only have holes. Also the snouts of sea lions appear a bit more pointed and a seals face is usually more round.