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August 2, 2010

Be gone fog!

Finally it looks like the fog may be clearing. We still had a foggy morning but it quickly cleared out and turned into a beautiful day. This afternoon was a true safari. We started off by observing some harbor seals basking in the sun...it's rough being a harbor seal! Then we moved over to whale...Read more

August 2, 2010

It Came Back - YIKES!

This morning about 6:15 AM our two geese were screaming. Bill (my husband and Brunch's (the male goose) best friend) went to the window to find a great, BIG, Golden Eagle sitting on the fence post of the goose 'safe pen'. There it was just staring into the pen trying to figure out how to bypass the...Read more

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 29, 2010

J-pod Fan Club

Today we traveled north towards Stuart Island. Captain Mike stayed in close communication with the other whale watching vessels; he received many reports that the whales were in that area. Our spirits rose with anticipation! Shortly after we departed Friday Harbor we spotted a bald eagle soaring...Read more

July 28, 2010


The afternoon reports were in. There were ten to fifteen orca whales spotted near Stuart Island. We traveled north and encountered the orcas near Turn Point. Turn Point is the very northwest piece of continental land in the United States! Captain Mike slowed the boat as we approached the misty...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 26, 2010

Moving up stream

What a beautiful day for a whale watch! Sunny, warm and calm waters. The whales were reported to be off the west side of San Juan Island but by the time we were off and running they had made their way up to Saturna island. These whales were moving really fast! Captain Mike positioned us just ahead...Read more

July 24, 2010

"The Love Boat"

"Soon we'll be making another run. The Love Boat..." These orcas are all about peace, l0ve and fish these days. They have been more active than I have ever seen them before with the percussive behaviors, the amorous behaviors and the feeding behaviors. It is fantastic and exactly what we want to...Read more