Today I packed a lunch and drove out to Ventura Beach with Lula. I found a parking spot in the residential area near the pier. I hooked up Lula to the Walkydog, and we rode along the bike path, admiring the waves and the water.
After crossing under pier, I pulled over to a bench and we sat and watched the surfers. While Lula snacked on a dog biscuit, I ate my quesadilla that I had prepared at home and packed in tupperware. I gave Lula some water, took a few gulps myself, and then we walked down onto the rocks. Listening to the ocean and feeling the energy of the sea was hypnotic and calming.
After putting the bike on my bike rack and getting Lula settled into the backseat of the car, I drove South on the 101 and exited at Telegraph. From there I found Ventura Harbor. As I was putting together my Oru Kayak, a skeptical man exiting the boat ramp eyed me. "Interesting," he commented. He seemed sarcastic and dubious. Once the kayak was assembled, I went to the parking lot and retrieved Lula.
The man was still at the boat ramp. "That's too much weight," he told me, as I was urging Lula to board. "It holds 275 pounds," I answered. His energy shifted. "Did you design it?" he asked me. "No," I told him. "I kayak every day, in a lake," I added. I could tell that he didn't think I was very experienced.
"It's an incredible design," he admitted. "It cuts across the water really fast," I told him, enthusiastically.
"I wish there was some way I could help," he offered, as I coaxed Lula in the boat and clumsily got in with her. "Thanks!" I said, and pushed off the shore with the paddle. Lula laid down lazily and rested her head on the edge of the top. People on the other side of the harbor waved and made a fuss over her and how cute she looked. She really is like a Disney dog. We had a fabulous paddle together.
It's so much easier when Lula is laying down in the kayak than when she is sitting. If she leans to the side, (which she sometimes does,) it could cause us to topple. "NO!" I told her sharply when she started to peer over at a fish or something distracting. I praised her effusively each time she flattened her body on the bottom of the boat. She got the idea. It helped that she was tired from running alongside my bicycle, earlier. One of the girls commented about how relaxed she was.
We will practice again soon. A yearly pass is $150.00, and I think it will be well worth it for us. Today it cost $13.00 to park for the day. How is your summer going?
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