Summer Summary: Finding balance on Independence Day, San Diego

July 4, 2015 we woke up in Sunny San Diego.  A bit of a pace changer from quiet, sleepy Minnesota.

View from my paddle board
View from my paddle board

Spent the am, literally running around Ocean Beach completing the run portion of our training for the Fat Cat Triathalon.  We could feel the energy.  People upon people were headed out to the beach putting their stakes in the ground for canopies and steaks on the grill for the big Summer Saturday party on the Beach.

 

By the time we got to our bike portion of the training, we could barely walk on the Mission beach boardwalk let alone bike there.  We have never seen a crowd like that before.

Santa Barbara Surf Museum
Santa Barbara Surf Museum

 

Ben, having lived there for 10 years, and I just a mere tourist, we could agree that this was a LOT of people.  I needed an escape.  We needed balance.  So we hopped on over to get a paddleboard and take off by the Catamaran on Mission Beach.   They offer a number of paddleboards by the hour, which is ultra convenient.

 

After just 5 minutes in the Bay, I could feel my heart beat return to normal and the zen pump through.  Taking a chaotic city and massive party perspective from a paddleboard is one of the most transforming experiences.  You really have to focus on your surroundings, your breathe and maintaining balance – which is very different from the claustrophobic feeling of being lost in the crowd.

A frazzled, crowded out girl
A frazzled, crowded out girl

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