Lifeguard at Kiddie Beach
Sunday July 9
By: Robert Tongen
It was another grey overcast day with a strengthening breeze out of the NW when Paul Jonason, Peter O'Sullivan, Bob Glickman, and I launched from Kiddie Beach in Channel Islands Harbor, at near low tide, this morning. Peter, Paul and I decided to do a harbor paddle, while Bob was going to check out the pond area and then catch up to us in the harbor.

We paddled up the channel past the EZ Launch and were overtaken by 3 rowing skulls on the way. Paul gave us a running commentary on the places he had traveled to recently. There were very few boats moving and only a handful of SUPs. We stopped for a stretch break at the NE corner of the harbor, by the Von's store. We checked the shoreline there for moon jelly fish and stingrays but did not spot any.

We kept looking for Bob to join us, but no luck. When we got back to the parking lot we saw his vehicle was gone, so he must have changed his paddle plans during his paddle. Paul, Peter, and I felt we had gotten some good exercise on our paddle. I seem to remember someone reporting their GPS showed ~ 7 miles around the harbor. Fortunately for me I had my own paddle so was not wandering all over the harbor.

This is the first time we have seen a lifeguard at Kiddie Beach this year. A bull seal would come up on the beach and bark then swim away, as if to stake out his territory.

That is the way it was this Sunday after the 4th of July in 2023.

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