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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

Gratitude

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

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 22, 2010

Roly Poly Fish Heads

The amount of activity that we are seeing out of the orcas this season is amazing. They seem far more acrobatic and aerially inclined than they were last year. Of course that is undoubtedly just my generous heart making me see more than there really is, but I think it is spectacular. Especially all...Read more

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