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While visiting San Diego, I got this bright idea to do a kayak tour. It looked fun in pictures, and even though I get sea sick on boats, for some strange reason, the thought never crossed my mind that the same could happen in a kayak.
In a kayak in the freaking ocean. I mean, why in the world would that not cross my mind?
Anyway, the adventure started out just fine. We got in the kayak, surfed some waves (best part!!), and started rowing out towards the caves for our tour. The kayak was full – Nell in front, Grace in the middle, and me in back. The other kayak was full, too – Rachel's Mom in front, Saff in the middle, and Rachel in the back. Rachel's mom was terrified, which was actually pretty funny to me because she was being crabby the day before.
The Day I Puked in a Kayak
After we had been rowing for about 45 minutes, I started to feel sick. Honestly, I'm surprised that it didn't happen sooner. But, that's neither here or nor there. At this point, I'm feeling sick. Just trying to focus on rowing – by myself because EVERY time Nell started to row, she'd lean and almost tip us over – so I kept screaming “STOP ROWING… STOP LEANING”… pretty sure everyone in the tour thought I was a god awful mother.
At that point, obviously I didn't care, though. The life jacket felt like it was creeping up around my neck. I was doing that swallowswallowswallow thing to try to keep from puking. It only helped for like five minutes.
Barf. Everywhere. I couldn't lean over too much, or I'd tip us all over into the ocean.
Nobody else in the tour noticed, except the snobby women that kept running their kayaks into everyone. Oddly enough, they stayed the heck away from us after I puked. Should've done it sooner.
After I was finished puking, I actually felt better. But by that time, I had scared the crap out of Nell and Grace, and they were both crying. I don't think they've ever seen me sick, so they were freaking out! I told them I was fine, but then they started to get sick!
Finally, it was time to row back. We were all sick, but focused on getting our asses to shore more than anything, so we didn't notice. We surfed some waves, landed safely on shore, and collapsed on the sand to get some much needed rest after our terrible experience. We went back to the hotel and slept the rest of the day.
Rachel, her mother, and Saff had a better time – until the end, when they all flipped out of their kayak. Hilarious.
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P.S. Grace swam in the ocean! This is a photo of her getting back in the kayak. She had a blast, and was like “Woo hoo! I'm swimming!” I was like “Grace is swimming in the ocean! How awesome!” She then got ghost-white and said, “The ocean.. that's where.. SHARKS LIVE!!” and proceeded to scramble into the kayak as quickly as possible. Way to go, Mom!