alright, there might have been a whale. maybe 2 even. but all they did was blow water out of their blowhole thing and disappear back down into the ocean. WHERE WERE THE TRICKS?! the tail dive? the body slam?
that field trip was a total sham.
the false advertising that was this so called whale watching field trip started with a ridiculous mile or so hike to a cliff. a cliff that was blocked off by this here wooden border fence thing.
whenever i would lean on that stupid fence, i imagined it breaking and my poor child watching me plummet to my death down some ridiculous cliff and into the elephant seals breeding grounds. then my horrified child would be forced to watch the seals play with my dead body like a rag doll. and he'd forever be scarred by the field trip that wasn't really about whales at all. but more about hiking and watching your mom die. where do i sign up?
we did get to see some elephant seals. but they weren't breeding. or probably even breathing.
they were just lying there. like that. the whole time we were there. talk about being lazy. sheesh.
we tried to hit that rock island with rocks. and by "we" i mean all the disrespectful little kids on the field trip who don't care about nature at all. okay fine, i tried to hit it too.
it's a lot farther away then it looks. and i probably broke my arm trying to be awesome and hit the damn thing.
oh look, a flower.
on the way back from the hike from hell... and on our way to the stairs from hell.. we ran into a fat gopher.
i wanted to name him and i kept calling him "allllllviiiiiiin" until i remembered that those stupid talking rodents were chipmunks, not gophers. but there was a part of me that half expected him to start talking or singing. clearly movies have not been a good influence on me.
ALRIGHT! we are now at the part of the story where the whales would come in. you know, flopping around, splashing, jumping through hoops and playing with beach balls.
instead, i got this.
right after the whale blew water from his hole. exciting right? riveting! are you on the edge of your seat?!
i knew it.
after that life altering moment, we headed down to the lighthouse.
did i mention that you had to walk down THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHT steps to get down to the house? (and for those of you not so bright readers of mine...that means we had to walk THREE HUNDRED AND EIGHT steps back up ... a cliff... )
by this point, i was really questioning my taste in field trips. i honestly thought that we'd be on a boat whale watching. clearly, i'm an idiot.
but this guy? he loves me just the way i am. idiot or not.
he even loves me when i smash his face into my shoulder for a picture.
after we got to the top of the stairs and didn't die (or see any more whales), i spotted a seal playing around in the rocks while the tide was coming in. lucky for me, he stopped to pose for a picture. i bet he's wondering how good i'd taste if i fell to my death and into the water for him.
then while we were walking back to the car, i almost ran into a deer. it literally ran AT me. i think it wanted to come home with me. it was probably thinking how good i'd taste for dinner. these animals are vicious!
and that's the end of my amazing whale watching field trip that really didn't have any whales, but all sorts of other animals. did i mention that i didn't realize how much hiking and stair climbing would be involved in this?! did i also mention that i wore BOOTS?
please imagine for one moment the pain my feet were in by the time we got home.
thank you for your sympathy.
this is my favorite picture of the day. the colors were incredible and i was constantly amazed that the water was that color in northern california. anyway, this pic rocks.