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To be honest, I’ve had a lot on my plate lately.

Nothing I’m ready to talk about online, but suffice to say something HUGE is in the works.

And I’m working hard to be the best, most supportive person I can be.

But it ain’t easy.

There’s a lot I need to do to get me through the next few months.

Lean on my friends and family, is one thing.

Research LGBTQ issues is another.

But mostly, I need to find a way to reflect and find inner peace so that I have balance in my life.

I really want to try my hand at ceramics.

There’s a place nearby called Higher Fire Clayspace and Gallery.

It really appeals to me, making ceramics out of a lump of clay.

I also feel an overwhelming urge to go to the ocean.

Kayak with whales.

Take a whale watching boat tour.

Maybe just go to the beach and hang out with my thoughts and feelings.

Oh sure, I’ve still got the Junior League, the Village, and the Burners to keep me busy.

In fact, I have to figure out what my gift to the playa will be this year.

But overall, I’m sort of in an unusual place and I need to move through this and get to the other side.

It’s going to be a process, but I’ll make it.

And when I’m ready, I’ll blog it.

Kayaking the Elkhorn Slough

I finally got to go kayak the Elkhorn Slough, after being rained out twice before in Stormageddon 1 and Stormageddon 2.  You can imagine my unbridled joy to wake up to a bright, sunny, calm day.  Perfect day to kayak.

Of course as a single, I had to get paired up with who ever else needed a partner, and so it was that I got paired up with Michael, a 13 year old boy who was kayaking with his family that day.

The thing about kayaking with a 13 year old boy is that they like to race a lot.  And they like to ram other boats a lot.  And when I say a lot, I mean A LOT.  It was a melee until I realized that sitting in the back of the boat gave me control of the steering and so I steered us away from the crowd where he couldn’t race or ram other kayaks.  Success!

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The Elkhorn Slough is is a 7-mile-long tidal slough and estuary on Monterey Bay.  The Elkhorn Slough harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of the San Francisco Bay and provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds.  But really, many people go there to see sea otters, who go to the sanctuary to pup.

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Within 5 minutes of taking off, we got to see up close a mother sea otter with her baby floating by us.  It was a breathtaking experience to see that little ball of fur rolling around on its mother’s belly.  Too cute for words.

Our guide took us aside and told us point blank that we’d just seen the most amazing sight that the Elkhorn Slough has to offer and pretty much everything else wouldn’t be able to measure up.  We continued on anyway.

We got to see lots of wildlife – a raft of sea otters, snowy egrets, sea lions, harbor seals (one popped up right next to our kayak, scaring the daylights out of me), cormorants, and brown pelicans.  Some pics are below.

I had a FANTASTIC time and highly recommend the venture, for those of you thinking about kayaking the Elkhorn Slough.

Kayaking Davenport

My buddy said, “Are there sharks out there?” Voicing my unspoken fear… Kayaking with sharks.

I was there to kayak with whales, along with 15 other brave souls willing to wake up at the crack of dawn. We met at Davenport Landing just outside Santa Cruz and launched our kayaks into the swelling ocean this morning.

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We paddled a mile off the coast into a pod of about 20 whales. You’d hear a spout before you’d see a whale.

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I saw a large whale about 10 feet from my kayak.  It blew twice, rolled through the waves, and disappeared.

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It was breathtaking and awe inspiring, to say the least. I stopped to snap a picture of myself in the kayak on the ocean.

imageWhen you’d stop paddling and just look and listen, it was so quiet… just the swell of the waves and the sound of silence. Beauty.

We also paddled with a bunch of sea lions, harbor seals, and one elephant seal pup.

It was quite thrilling to see them in their natural state, playing in the waves and following us around like dogs of the sea.

All in all, I had a great time. I barely thought about sharks and I thrilled to see the pod of whales. I learned how peaceful the sea can be on a calm and quiet morning. I learned you can get cell reception half a mile off the coast of Davenport.

Oh, and I learned I get seasickness.

Yeah, that one was WAY fun!

Kayaking Davenport

My buddy said, “Are there sharks out there?” Voicing my unspoken fear… Kayaking with sharks.

I was there to kayak with whales, along with 15 other brave souls willing to wake up at the crack of dawn. We met at Davenport Landing just outside Santa Cruz and launched our kayaks into the swelling ocean this morning.

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We paddled a mile off the coast into a pod of about 20 whales. You’d hear a spout before you’d see a whale.

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I saw a large whale about 10 feet from my kayak.  It blew twice, rolled through the waves, and disappeared.

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It was breathtaking and awe inspiring, to say the least. I stopped to snap a picture of myself in the kayak on the ocean.

imageWhen you’d stop paddling and just look and listen, it was so quiet… just the swell of the waves and the sound of silence. Beauty.

We also paddled with a bunch of sea lions, harbor seals, and one elephant seal pup.

It was quite thrilling to see them in their natural state, playing in the waves and following us around like dogs of the sea.

All in all, I had a great time. I barely thought about sharks and I thrilled to see the pod of whales. I learned how peaceful the sea can be on a calm and quiet morning. I learned you can get cell reception half a mile off the coast of Davenport.

Oh, and I learned I get seasickness.

Yeah, that one was WAY fun!

The post about the crazy stuff I’ve signed up to do

a49c471483d7afc3c5d2566ae82a8ef6So, in an effort to get myself out of the house and doing fun things while meeting new people (hopefully guys), I signed up for the Outdoor Adventure Club, How About A Date Meetup, the Los Gatos Buddhists Meetup, the Hot Springs Adventure Group, and the San Francisco Homebrewers Guild, and the Bay Area Outdoor Adventures Group along with two new dating websites – How About We and How About A Date.

Whew!  I am literally exhausted trying to keep up with all the emails.  But I did manage to do the following:

  1.  Arrange for two men to take me on the same date AT DIFFERENT TIMES (glow-in-the-dark Frisbee on the beach plus a bonfire)
  2. Sign up for my Boudoir photography shoot with Celebrate Your Sexy (May 18th y’all, sorry you’re going to have to wait for the fruits of that labor)
  3. Go on a rainy hike through Elephant Seals at Ano Nuevo State Park
  4. Sign up to go ocean kayaking and whale watching in Santa Cruz on March 22nd
  5. Arrange for a Lebanese-American to take me to Arabian Nights in SF for dinner (fantastic, if you know my dad is Lebanese
  6. Take an Introduction to pole dancing class (remind me to buy some hot pants to wear)
  7. Sign up for a beer making class at workshop SF in SF (woo hoo… beer! Let me be your brewmistress!)

In retrospect, going on the same date with two different men is a little ballsy of me.  But hey, all’s fair in love and war and this is a bit of both, don’t you think?  I’m actually really looking forward to all of it with the exception of taking off my clothes in front of a camera which will capture it all.

But I’m already working on figuring out what four outfits to wear for it, and since you’re all so helpful, come back and vote as I suggest possible lingerie outfits (with pics) to wear for the photoshoot.

And wish me luck with all the other activities, I’m going to need it!