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WHALE OF A TIME.

July 26, 2011

after our night in on saturday, my mom and i hit the ground running on sunday, with the big activity of the day being my first whale watch.

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the trip out to the feeding area was about an hour and a half of sunshine, salt water and the wind in our hair. we snagged a prime spot at the very front of the boat and defended our territory quite well, if i do say so myself.

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the dramamine did its thing and we rode the waves without incident until we spotted some fellow whale watching boats getting closer and closer.

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i didn’t really think that i’d be so thrilled by what came next, but seeing the teal water as the whales surfaced and spouted amongst the seagulls trying to steal their fish, i was like a kid in a candy store. hello, 8-year old me?

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i was wedged into the incline at the very front of the boat, my feet barely touching the floor once everyone had squeezed their way to the front for the best view. i was practically leaning over the ocean with my camera, but that wasn’t such a bad thing. though i must say, this was not the time for the auto-focus on my camera to start acting up (which it did). okay, sure, we’ll guess where these whales will appear next on manual focus. cool. oh, and did i forget to mention that there wasn’t one whale? there were tons. the researcher estimated 20-30 throughout our trip. as if all of this wasn’t enough, some were so close that i felt like i could have reached out and touched them.

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don’t worry, i didn’t.

and then… one of them sprayed us.
and the light caught the water just right so that it made a rainbow.
and the angels started to sing and….
i took it too far, didn’t i?
fine, no angels, but it was pretty awesome.

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ultimately, we had to head back to boston since we would be holding up the next trip out to see the whales. sigh. needless to say, it definitely lived up to, and surpassed, expectations. the ride back was just as nice as the ride out, with fewer waves this time. i basked in the sun, in my spf 50 sunscreen. (later, i would learn that even that wasn’t enough.) soon, the skyline began to come into view. and man, if there is something that i love about boston, it’s the skyline. i was fixated on it as we came closer and closer, the harbor islands changing the landscape and then the different buildings taking shape and developing their defining details.

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though it was four and a half hours later, it hardly seemed like we had spent all afternoon at sea. it wasn’t until we docked next to the aquarium that we started to realize that we’d been standing throughout it all and that our meal at 10:30am had been some time ago. thus, we set off in search of dinner and some beverages.

a perfect day:
give me a sea breeze, a boat and the open water any day of the week.
then nurse a sunburn over cold cocktails and let me sleep in the next morning.
simple enough.


p.s. i give all credit for the title to my 93-year old grandfather.

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