Saturday, June 11, 2011

Whale Watching: San Juan

On our second day of our little vay cay, we went whale watching out on a boat.  Let me just say this… It was a blast, and it was totally worth the money.  It is one thing to see a whale while you’re standing on the coast, but it is so much cooler to see one up close. 
We went out on a pretty small boat owned by Captain Jim.  It was a small enough boat so that we were the only people on the boat along with Captain Jim and a whale expert named Jeanne.


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We were glad we were on a smaller boat and not a bigger tour with a bunch of people we didn’t know like this:

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San Juan Island is famous for its orca whale sightings.  Unfortunately, we didn't see any orcas.  We barely missed them on our vacation. In fact, they showed up the day we left.  But don’t worry, we did get to see a whale.  We saw a beautiful humpback, and it was so cool.  Apparently, humpback whales are pretty rare around the islands, and they have just recently been making a comeback.  I think she showed up just for us. 

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We also saw our share of other wildlife on the trip.  We got to see a Dall’s porpoise (sorry no picture, but this is what is looks like), a Steller sea lion, and a group of five blue herons.

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We had a great time, and I highly recommend going on a whale watching boat.  If you’re ever in San Juan, go on a tour with Captain Jim.  He was friendly, informative, and made us feel right at home.

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1. Captain Jim and my sister Kaycee
2. My mom and my aunt Emilene
3. Kaycee and me
4. My stepdad Kirk
5. Kirk and Kaycee
6. My husband Chris

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Good Times!

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Wow! Those are some awesome whale pics!!