A rainy and overcast day at Pacific Beach is a rarity in the summer but even a day like this can be a great one.
About kelp: for whatever reason, sometimes kelp just creeps me out. I'm talking serious heebie-jeebies. On shore it all looks fine and dandy, no harm in it all. But in the water it's a different story. Out of it's element, the kelp just lays out on the sand like any other harmless plant. It's when I'm in the water that I swear the kelp wraps itself around my leg and tries to pull me under. I know it's not really but when you're 200ft. off shore, waiting and hoping for the swell to build a little, anything that touches your leg in deep water is likely to irk you a bit and send an abrupt surge of panic coursing through your body.
Look at me, seeming like I surf all the time. I don't surf. I really wish I did but my experience with kelp in deep water is pretty much limited to the time I've spent boogie boarding and even that is now more of a past-time than anything. No lie.
I've been really fortunate to meet a lot of amazing people in the past few months and Cheri is one of them. Keep an eye out for Cheri's Visa spot in the new "Go World" commercials that are airing now as the Beijing Paralympic Games and Olympic Games approach this summer.