Trip Start Mar 26, 2006
26Trip End Oct 20, 2006
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The "adventure" activities mostly turned out to be excuses for relaxing. On our 3-hour "whale watching" trip, we saw a raucous group of sea lions, a pod of tiny, rare harbor porpoises, and one lone gray whale who surfaced and spouted a few times, showed us her tail fin, and didn't pay any attention to us. According to our guide, the orcas had arrived the day before, attacked one of the gray whales, and frightened all the other whales further out to sea. So, it was mostly a glorified boat ride with some nice views of the forested shoreline. Since Ranger Todd and I are both big wildlife nuts, were definitely going to be looking for more opportunities to see these giants of the sea.
The natural tide pools at Botany Beach were a big hit. We skittered around trying to sneak up on crabs, played with purple sea urchin shells, eyed the green anemones, and kept a wary eye out toward the sea for incoming rogue waves
A kayak trip up the local river was one of my favorite adventures. In between conversations about Canadian pot and politics with our hunky guide, Andrew, I attempted to soak my unsuspecting family members with my portable hand pump. Excellent. Ranger Todd was no match for me, and even Andrew, despite his many threats about tipping us over if we so much as got him wet, was eventually overcome by my well-aimed attacks.
The week flew by and I'll take some great memories with me from this week. I was caught off guard when it was already the final day and I still hadn't gotten to spend time with some of the gang.
Thanks so much, mom & Russ, for such a fantastic trip! We're missing everyone already and can't wait to coerce you to join us somewhere else along the road. Enjoy the pics!