Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Out At Sea
We got up early this morning and drove down to the beach in search of migrating whales and dolphins.

It was cold and my warm home was calling to me but then we spotted the whales. A whole family of them. They blew air out of their blow holes and fanned their tales in our direction. Very exciting.

Here is one of the few pictures we actually got of a whale coming up out of the water. They are faster than my camera and I kept missing the shot. Paige loved watching for the spraying water when they came up for air. She told me last night when I put her in bed that she really liked watching the whales spit.

We saw lots and lots of dolphins. They swam along with our boat for about twenty minutes and it was really thrilling to watch them jump out of the water. It truly is amazing how fast they are.

There is a dolphin under the water here. Again, my camera was just to slow to catch an action shot.

Most of the pictures ended up looking like this. Just wide open water.

This fellow really liked us. Him and some of his friends flew along the side of our boat for quite a while. I finally figured out that these guys were pretty smart and they had figured out that the humans on these vessels often have food they like to share.

I tried to throw him a couple of cheerios but we were going to fast and he couldn't catch it. One of the other passengers threw him a big orange peel and he swooped into the ocean and picked it up. He was very happy with his little treat.

Of course there were human friends to hang out with too. Here is Samantha and her friend Nichole having a little private chat.

Daddy and his favorite 5 year old.

Here is Dave trying not to get trampled by the thundering herd of pre-teen girls (plus Garrett who insisted on annoying them every chance he got).

Every night Paige wants to be read stories from the same Richard Scarry book. This book was also Zach's favorite when he was her age so we have been reading the stories in this book for a very loooong time. Anyway, one of the stories has fishermen and a buoy floating around in the ocean on it. She really wanted to see a buoy. She kept looking very intently out to sea in the hopes of seeing one.
Her day was made when we passed by this with these little fellows taking a rest on top.
I think they are so cute.

After 2 1/2 hours our trip at sea was over. Here are Dave and I cuddled up at the front of the boat trying to keep warm. It was only around 50 degrees today and out at sea it felt even colder.

Samantha's day was made when we discovered the little boutique next to the dock was having a 75% off sale on some of their clothing. They boys were patient and let us shop.

Samantha ended up with three new pairs of Capri's and a spring jacket. I got a nice sun hat and Paige got a pretty dress to wear on Easter.

Here is Samantha modeling her new jacket at the Carl's Jr. we stopped at for lunch with friends on the way home.

It was marked down from $89.00 to $21.00. Can't beat that.

If you are ever in California during the migrating season I would highly recommend a Whale Watching trip. Your family will really enjoy it!

You might even be able to catch some great deals on the boardwalk afterwards.

  posted at 7:47 PM  

At 4:29 PM, Blogger Raquel, The Glamorous Life said...

awesome what beach? i have so many things i want to do next year when we homeschool!

At 4:56 PM, Blogger The Gang's Momma said...

whoa. that is so cool. i love marine life, and would love to live somewhere near a real sight-seeing beach like that. too cool!

At 8:43 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Oh, what fun! They have whale watches off the coast here, too, but I'm too chicken to get on a boat and go out to sea. Maybe some day I'll have to force myself for the kids' sake. The seals are too funny!


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