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September 28, 2010

A Picture Perfect Kind of Day.

Wow! That is pretty much the only way to describe our tour today. Dream up your perfect vision of a whale watching trip and we pretty much had it. We started the whale watching portion of the trip at Turn Point on Stuart Island. Captain Craig parked the boat with the perfect view a Turn Point...Read more

September 26, 2010

Lasting Impressions

Today was my last day on the water. I'm heading back to a place where there are no breaching orcas or island dotted waters- the Utah desert. It was as if all the marine wildlife came out to say goodbye! We left the harbor with reports of orcas along the southern tip of San Juan. As we headed...Read more

September 25, 2010

Gelatinous Masses

When you cover as much water as we do in a week, it is easy to feel proprietary about the islands and creatures found therein. We all feel like we know and own the orcas, trees and birds. We even feel a fondness for the slimy spineless creatures, and who wouldn't when they make up most of the...Read more

September 24, 2010

An Orca By Any Other Name

The naming of an orca calf is a sensitive and involved process. By the means of soliciting suggestions, sifting through the offerings and choosing the best options, and then serving up the prime choices for heated voting, orcas are endowed with monikers that help elevate them to the most regal of...Read more

September 21, 2010

A SUPER(Pod) Day of Whale Watching!

A day of boating on crystal calm, sun-sparkled waters with the very slightest breeze caressing our smiling faces as we stared out at the beautiful San Juan archipelago. What more could a boatload of people ask for? How about every member of the Southern Resident community gracing this scenery? Well...Read more

September 20, 2010

Surprise Orca Reports

We left the harbor without any orca reports. For about 20 minutes we wondered whether or not we would see our black and white friends today. As we neared Spieden Island, Captain Craig started to receive reports of whales on the west side of San Juan heading north. Surprise! This is my first season...Read more

September 18, 2010

Active Orcas and Foggy Passes

Lately I've been appreciating the mysterious, blanketing fog. It wraps itself around the trees and the land, clinging like spider webs.We left Friday Harbor slowly and headed north, towards the orcas. Luckily for us, the fog cleared as we turned out of the harbor, but for those on the ferry headed...Read more

September 16, 2010


Another great day on the west side of San Juan Island! To start the trip off right we almost immediately spotted a bald eagle perched on Turn Island. This must have been a good omen because today's trip was spectacular. Little did we know it at the time, but there were about 20 orcas on the west...Read more