Tuesday, February 7, 2017

A Pleasant Surprise

  We've all felt it. The betrayal of the walls of our own comfortable home closing in upon you while you're trying to relax. When that happens you only have two choices. One is to tough it out until your blues pass or you can pack up the car, get out and do something. Well that's exactly how we felt the other day so we took our own advice and jumped into the car. We didn't really know what we wanted to do but we didn't want to be home.
 We headed west out of Valencia and before long we found ourselves at the Pacific Ocean. We wanted to do a little research on how to visit the Channel Islands and it just so happens that the visitor center for Channel Islands National Park sits just 100 yards from Harbor Cove. We visited Harbor Cove a few months back and you can read about it here.
  It didn't take us long to get the information we needed from the visitor center and we decided to stroll the beach. I'll be the first to admit that this wasn't the ideal day to head to the beach. The sky was overcast and the cool breeze cut right through you but we were out to make the best of it. Turns out we would be rewarded for our efforts. The NSSA was having a surfing contest over the weekend. The National Scholastic Surfing Association, a non profit organization had an event going on that was not only entertaining but free as well. I didn't know much about surfing before watching this and I still don't but I do know it takes some skill and great balance and after watching these kids give it their all I think I'll sit out this sport and leave it for them.
  I tell this story not to tell you about how I'm more likely to sit under an umbrella on the beach rather than take on the next killer wave but to encourage you to take a chance when you feel like those cozy walls are staring you down. Just hop in the car and drive. You never know what you'll find on those impromptu adventures.


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