Kayaking in Balboa

Happy birthday to me

We started this tradition last year, kayaking for my birthday and rafting for Nathan’s birthday because his birthday is during the summer time. We went kayaking on the Friday before my birthday and the weather was perfect!  We had a small group of 6. 5 of us went kayaking and my step sister went paddle boarding.

          We had a ton of fun relaxing and exploring Balboa. There was hardly anyone on the beach and it wasn’t too hot outside. Kayaking is one my favorite activities because you can do it with a group of 20 or by yourself. There’s something about the journey when you kayak, choosing which way to go, hoping you don’t lean too far over to one side to flip the kayak, and the wind on your face.

          We started our morning with breakfast from Lee’s sandwich. If you’re not familiar with lee’s sandwich then I’ll give you a rundown of what they have. They have a variety of Vietnamese sandwich; grilled pork, cured pork, vegetarian and my favorite BBQ chicken. They also some really yummy Vietnamese coffee, seriously, if you want to stay up all day and night, Vietnamese coffee has got you covered! And it will wake you up. From pastries and spring rolls to Boba and smoothies, it’s the best way to start a day of adventure.


 Tip#1 you don’t have to spend a lot of money on an adventure! We use Groupon every time we want to be adventurous; they have some really awesome deals for activities and on rare occasions they have concert tickets for half price. We searched Groupon for our kayak and we received 50% off the regular price which is pretty awesome!

          Tip#2 Bring water shoes and dress comfortably. Last year, I wore my jean short and they were soaked and I had to walk around with saggy short. This year I was prepared and wore my bathing suit underneath my swimming shorts.** 2 points to Gryffindor.

          Tip#3 stay hydrated! Odds are it’ll be hot and the sun will be beaming down on you so be prepared to feel thirsty. Better to be prepared then to not be.

          Tip#4 brings sunblock! Protect your skin girl!

When we arrived at the rental place, they gave us our life jackets and our paddles. We rented them for 2 hours for $19, it was a steal. I was the only one that wore my life jacket, while everyone else stared at me. I would rather be safe than sorry. #ByeGirl. They provided everything that we needed, so all we have to bring was ourselves and a bottle of H2O.

          We spend most of the time on the water, looking at all the boats and trying not to tip the kayak too much. My husband kept telling me that was leaning too far to the left.-__-. Everyone tried to get on the paddle board but ended up falling over. It was the highlight of the afternoon. Next time, we are going to rent it for a longer period of time, but my arms were super sore the next morning so i know i had a good work out. I had a great time with my family and I’ll do it again next year, but at a different part of the beach.

Well that’s pretty much it for this adventure! I hope you have a wonderful day!   



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