This year keeps getting better and better. Two years ago we went whale watching on a stormy day and didn’t see any whales. This year we went again for a completely different experience.
The sky was a bit hazy, but the sun shone on threw casting it’s inviting glow. The waters looked very inviting. Immediately when we got out of the car, I could smell the salty air. I inhaled deep and ingested all of the negative ions I could. There was no heavy mist in the air.
The boat was much larger than the one I remembered. Also, it wasn’t crowded, being on a Tuesday afternoon. We were supposed to go on the early boat, but we got caught in traffic on the I-405 and were delayed. Thankfully we were able to switch to the afternoon trip.
It was just the four of us, my two sister-in-laws, my wife, and myself. We boarded the boat and found a spot that had a spectacular open view of the water.
While we were still in the harbor, I saw a group of rowers rowing a long boat. I’ve only seen this on TV. I never expected to see this on a whale watching trip, but I find it interesting and give a big applaud to the rowers.
Very soon into the ride, we saw movement out on the waters. Then I saw the little fin and up emerged a dolphin. I have never seen dolphins live either. This was fascinating so I got up and went to another part of the boat. Here the fresh air hit my face as I leaned over the railing. Out in front of me were several dolphins swimming, some really near the boat. I was amazed. Then we saw a flock of pelicans dive down into the water and up again. This time no birds landed on the boat. The two pictures below were taken by Photographer Chelsea Mayer. See bottom for her website.
Then the boat operator made an announcement that got everyone out of their seats – Whale sighting. I looked over the railing and I saw this big grey mass break the surface. Then about a minute later, it flapped its massive tail. We got to see this a few times and I was awed. This is so beautiful. I just love this next picture, which I thank my sister-in-law for taking.
We saw some sea lions jump in and out of the waves. Their short tails would point up as they dove back into the waters. We saw more dolphins and another whale sighting later on and it was just as gorgeous as the first one. Again, I thank Photographer Chelsea Mayer for the below picture of the sea lion.
The trip was amazing and I’m grateful for the opportunity to see such beauty. I felt feelings of bliss go through me as I watched the dolphins jump in and out of the water. It was spiritually moving for me and I felt one with everything. The below picture shows how serene the atmosphere was. I can’t wait to go again. If you’ve never been whale watching, I’m encouraging you to go experience it.
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