Q: What one thing you wants to do while Bill’s mother is visiting?
A: Whale watching.
And we listened to the girl’s request (crazy, I know). Now we are all up and moving pre-6 AM on a Sunday morning to trek to Anacortes and catch our ride. The best part – there was a baby born early this week that has been seen by whale watching tours for the last three days. Luckily traffic is light and we grabbed Starbucks on the way out the door.
The weather could have not been more perfect if we had prayed and offered a sacrifical lamb to the sun gods. The water as we left the harbor was calm and matched the warmth of the blue sky. We settled into spot and enjoyed the view – moving outdoors as the whim hit us to gaze at the travels through the San Juan Islands.
We saw many birds…other boats…an eagle…and finally Orcas! The first whale to greet us was J-14 Samish, who breached not far off our port side. Soon after, J-2 Granny (the oldest whale at around 100 years of age) swam by. She was joined by J-8 Spieden, J-37 Hy’Shqa and the newest member of the family, J-49, who is only a few days old.
NOTE: To view as a slide show, click on photo and scroll through gallery.
On the trek back, we cross paths with sunning seals, turkey vultures (who lost their meal to an eagle). Any soaked up the islands, boats and more.
Our ride. Their blog. And photos.