Published: August 16th 2011August 15th 2011
Everyone get the Titanic reference? Good. Part 1 of today's adventure was whale watching, yay. The tour was to start at 9AM so we had another early morning getting up at 7:15 and eating some breakfast. I had some cheerios, granola, bread, orange juice and more cheerios with some apples on the side. After breakfast we went back to the room to make sure we were properly dressed for this whaling occasion. Whether you are a pirate, a viking or a crew member of The Deadliest Catch most of us have been on a commercial sized boat and know that the high seas can be a bit brisk.
My getup for the day was tights, my snowboarding socks, pants, hiking boots, under armor, t-shirt and my snowboard jacket. In addition I wore gloves, a scarf and a hat. Thank God I remembered not only to bring those things today but just to pack them in general. I would have froze to death if I hadn't and I rarely say something like that so you know it was cold! The winds are whipping at 20 MPH for extended periods of time when out on the deck.
When we go to
the ticket booth they had a sign up that said "Rough Seas" and they were giving out complimentary sea sickness pills. I immediately thought, 'oh great, now Rachel is going to get sick and throw up.' I don't get see sick but I took one JUST in case and luckily Rachel took one after just taking her own stuff so that was like a double dosage. Thankfully I saw no one throw up or I would have been a goner.
Our first stop on our three hour tour, a three hour tour (anyone?) was puffin island. Puffins are small penguin-like birds. It was pretty cool taking photos of them with their wings flapping almost 400 a minute somewhat resembling a humming bird. Today was the last day the tour stopped at puffin island because the birds are migrating this week. The next mission was to find a whale. Did we? Read on and find out.
WE DID! From puffin island it was supposed to take 40 minutes to reach the bay where they typically see whales but after about 20-25 minutes our tour guide spotted a minke whale. It was the first time I've ever seen a whale
so it was pretty cool to witness that and pretty funny watching everyone run from side to side on the ship. The whale would surface 2-4 times before taking a deep dive into the water and upon its' return to the surface the whale would be redirected forcing the boat to turn around and get closer. We probably followed this whale for an hour! But honestly it was entertaining to see and try and guess where it would surface. The Elding Whaling Company
didn't want to risk passing up this surfacing whale to try and find others another 10 minutes away so we just stuck with this whale and that's the crazy part about whale watching... nothing is guaranteed so I'm stoked we spotted one.
After we got to shore we got some lunch and got ready for the next trip to the Blue Lagoon! A separate post to follow on the Blue Lagoon.