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I just have to say, I should have been born in California! I absolutely love the ocean. It removes almost instantly any stress I feel built up in my bones from weeks and months of living life.

But this trip, I saw something I did not expect. At first, I thought I was going to be scarred for life in my love for the ocean. The red tide. Ugh. It makes the water look ugly, muddy, and kills fish so it stinks. Not to mention that the area I was at, had a pier occupied by transients and drug dealers (I work law enforcement, so I'm pretty good at picking them out)--I was not amused.

Then I drove down the shore to Oceanside and Carlsbad. In Oceanside, one of the little shop owners grabbed a mop and swirled it around in the now-dark water, showing us how any movement made the red tide algae goop GLOW neon blue. Glowstick neon blue. It was beautiful. I stood for a good 1/2 hour waiting for the water to still, jumping to make the fish dart in neon blue light, and then repeating the process over and over. Once a bird of some sort flew over the water, skimming its feet, leaving this blue streak behind it--absolutely breathtaking.
Even better- I drove down to Carlsbad to where the beaches are pitch black and slightly removed from the headlights of the highway, and watched the blue tide turn the crashing waves into a light show. It looked like giant blue eels or dragons of some sort shooting along the waves across the beach. It was mystical. The sand also glowed where I stepped when I walked across the part where the algae had been deposited by the tide. If it were any more beautiful, I'd have cried right there. Instead I hung out until a couple came and sat near me and started making out, which ruined the whole scene for me. Gag.

At any rate, it amazed me how something so disgusting could also be so beautiful. I was also glad to not come across any man-eating sea lions.

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Jewel L


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