July 30, 2010

Touch of Grey

Fog is fascinating and something I miss about the Central Valley of California. After driving in tule fog in the dark anything else seems like gravy. (Meaning easy, not, as thick as.) In the past few days though, the islands have delivered up some pretty good shows of fog. Last night was absolutely...Read more

July 27, 2010

Victoria AND the Olympic Penninsula

Today we left Friday Harbor and headed south down the east side of San Juan Island through Cattle Pass. Cattle Pass is known for torrential currents because both Haro Strait and the Strait of Juan De Fuca converge demanding to be let through. In the midst of Cattle Pass we saw stacked nests of...Read more

July 23, 2010

Of Dolphins And Diamonds

Seeing the San Juan Islands is magical and seeing the orcas can be downright transcendental for some. But, when you can pair those two things with a major milestone in a person's life it becomes a rare and unique moment that makes existence in this world a more glorious thing. It also shines a...Read more

July 18, 2010

Wave Walking

You could not ask for more out of the San Juan Islands than what we got today. Sun, sea and sightings all wrapped up in one stunningly beautiful package. The sea was a bit of a surprise today since we endured some bouncing around as we traveled up and around the north and west sides of San Juan...Read more

July 11, 2010

Jumpin' Jehosaphat

I do not know what has the orcas so wound up this season, but I have seen more breaches in the past week than I saw all of last season. I love that they are being so enthusiastic and since it always seems to be paired with aggressive feeding I would like to think that this means that we are having...Read more

July 9, 2010

Here Comes The Sun

Who would think that a heat wave would hit Friday Harbor? It has though and while this is not one of those melt-your-shoes-to-the-sidewalk kind of heat waves, it has had an affect on life here. For one thing, there is no such thing as air conditioning on San Juan Island. Maybe not in the whole of...Read more

June 27, 2010

It Was An L Kind of Day

Meaning that it was calm and relaxed and just a chill day on the water. L pod is known for being a little more relaxed in their activities and that energy carries over to the whole trip. A calf did treat us to a goodbye breach though. Our cruise started out with some excitement when a bald eagle...Read more

June 24, 2010

Swimming With Orcas

Ok, not really, but wouldn't that be cool. We did spend time with the orcas though and had a lovely afternoon on the west side of San Juan Island. There was Ruffles, our big old male, some of his other J pod mates and lots of swimming going on. Not every encounter with the orcas is a circus of...Read more