Sheesh! I have a love/scare relationship with the ocean, its beautiful and fun but also dangerous and when its that deep dark blue like off Carmel, Santa Cruz & the Oregon coast, its both beautiful and scary.
I would really enjoy kayaking and have wanted to do a kayak trip off the Seattle coast where you can fish, kayak among whales and then camp out on the islands
hope you'll keep posting more reports and pics from your trips
I used to as well. Every damn shadow or movement I saw had me thinking Jaws was gonna snap the back end of the boat off. Every seal or sea lion swimming by would startle the shit out of me.
Then I took up free diving and Spearfishing and eventually learned that the ocean isn’t the big scary place I thought it was. Eventually I took up scuba and started wreck diving. That completely changed the way I thought of the ocean.
I’ve come nose to nose with a few sharks while diving. Mainly leopard sharks in the 3-5 foot range, some Angel sharks, and a grey smooth hound shark or two. None that were dangerous or threatening.
Sea lions on the other hand can be unnerving. They get territorial and will do a drive by on you while barking in your face to let you know that you have invaded their space. They can be as big and bigger than me. So when they come flying straight at you then turn at the last second it freaks you out the first couple times.