There are three kinds of sea creatures: scary (anything with gigantic teeth), alien (anything with tentacles), and cute (anything with whiskers). This last type is what lured me to San Diego, where I planned to dive 40 feet to swim with mischievous sea lions–basically, giant puppies with fins. It was also the next step toward getting my certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. After spending 10 hours poring over a textbook and two days practicing basic scuba skills in a gym pool in Boulder, Colorado, I flew to California for my first open-water dive and scuba diving trip–smack-dab in the middle of sea-lion territory.San Diego Vacation:jog amid the eucalyptus trees in Balboa Park. That night, we head to North Park, a neighborhood dotted with artsy cafés and vintage-clothing stores, for dinner at Spread, which serves local organic food. We’re set to dive at dawn, so I sip an alcohol-free banana milk shot; our waiter swears a natural sedative in the milk will help me sleep. Though I’m dubious, I end up conking out by 10:30.Saturday – 40 belowwetsuit as thick as the bagel I ate for breakfast and assures me I’ll be toasty in the 53-degree water off… Read full this story
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