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La Jolla Shores with Old Town Academy

It's rare, but sometimes San Diego winds up and throws a meteorological curve ball, and that can sometimes make outdoor education difficult.  But Positive Adventures trip leaders and staff train constantly to be able to quickly improvise new activities and initiatives with the original goal in mind.So when life guards stationed around La Jolla Shores advised Positive Adventures trip leaders Denise, Landon and Megan and Old Town Academy that the surf would be too rough for snorkeling, our expert guides were able to revamp the entire program plan on the spot.  And what they came up with was discovering some of San Diego's wildlife and some light caving.

Could you say no to this face?

Well, Old Town Academy couldn't either.  And it turns out that Positive Adventures CEO Ryan Shortill had much more planned for these 8th graders than just snorkeling.  The revamped program started with a detailed discussion of the differences and similarities between California Harbor Seals (Phoca vitulina) & California Sea Lions (Zalophus californianus):

I see you, Phoca vitulina.

From there, the group explored a few of the shore line's accessible caves, which proved to be a real treat for even seasoned San Diego chaperones.  Most everyone from Old Town Academy had never experienced these caves before, and we were delighted to introduce them to this unique ecosystem.  Finding the hidden beauty in the most unexpected places is something that Positive Adventures does best, and we love showing something new to those who have "seen it all".

By the time our group had finished exploring the caves the surf had improved considerably, and the students were able to snorkel after all.  Old Town Academy's own blog captures this part of the experience perfectly, saying, "Students took turns utilizing wetsuits, fins & snorkel equipment to get a glimpse of a few fish such as smelt, corvina, anchovies, sea perch, & round sting rays. The absolute icing on the cake for students was the appearance of several relatively large Leopard Sharks (Triakis semifasciata)…with a few being close to 6-7 feet. These relatively harmless creatures are ranked 94th on the list of 100 most dangerous sharks because they only eat small crabs and fish."

Looks like they were paying attention!

Well, for most of the day they did.

We had a wonderful time working with Old Town Academy, and we're hoping to see their friendly faces around town soon.

For more information about the school, please check out their website.

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