Whale Watching

Gordon and I have lived in the L.A. area for over 35 years and we’ve never been whale watching so Gordon downloaded a voucher and we took off for Long Beach yesterday. It was clear and sunny, around 73 degrees, so it seemed like a perfect day for it. Per the website we were advised to wear layers so we wore sweatshirts and carried our jackets. We also took our Dramamine because one of us always gets sick on a boat (Gordon vomits on sailboats and I’m urpy on ferries; we were raised in South Dakota–we’re landlubbers). We were PREPARED. We left the dock at 12:15 and chugged past the seawalls. After about 45 minutes we saw a pod (is pod the right word?) of dolphins in a feeding frenzy and a couple sea lions floating on their backs. The sea lions waved their flippers at us lazily. The captain was about ready to give up and go home when a fin-backed whale ‘blew’. The captain chased it but we never got very close. It would ‘blow’, surface briefly, and dive again. It was cool when it surfaced; you’d see the ‘blow’ first, then parts of the back would rise. It reminded me of those faux pictures of the Loch Ness Monster. Maybe a surfacing whale is where they got the idea. Anyway, that’s the only whale we saw; it’s the end of the season. The best thing for me was the gull that drafted the boat. It floated about three feet in the air over the stern. Beautiful. I tried to take some pictures but they didn’t turn out. It was so bright out I couldn’t see the camera screen. But all in all, it was a pleasant trip. It was about 2 1/2 hours round trip so we both got sunburns. I daubed us with diluted vinegar so we both smell like salads but the vinegar takes the heat out of the burn. No pain. I’d like to go whale watching again earlier in the season so maybe we’d see more whales. Lots of fun.

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About Barbara Schnell

I've dedicated my life to full-time employment avoidance. I've been an actress, renovated a 1921 California Bungalow, set a cash-winning record on $25,000 Pyramid, and came in last on Jeopardy. I live in Los Angeles with my patient husband and two cats.
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