Thar She Blows

Trip Start Aug 15, 2010
Trip End Sep 11, 2010

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Cape Ann Campsite

Flag of United States  , Massachusetts
Thursday, September 9, 2010

The highlight of today was the whale watch trip on Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watch.  We went into town early for Fred to grab a couple of geocaches and then made our way to the harbor to board the Miss Cape Ann.  We have been on this boat several times before and have never been disappointed with the trip.  Today was no exception.  The whales have decided to spend their time on the southeastern part of the Stellwagen Bank where they commonly feed during the summer.  This required that a trip that normally would last 3 1/2 hours lasted for almost 6 hours because of the time to travel to the whales.  Once there the whales were very active and quite plentiful.  As many as 15 different whales were feeding in the area.  Several entertained by breaching although getting a photo of that activity was impossible.  Several calves spent a lot of time near the boat.  I guess they were as curious about us as we were about them.  There were several groups of 3 or 4 whales feeding together giving us photos with several whales at one time.  The whales were feeding on the bottom often showing their flukes as they dove.  They are fun creatures to watch as they work to survive.
After returning to Gloucester, we traveled to the tip of Cape Ann to take a quick run through Rockport. Once again we had to dodge turkeys.  This time there were three of them walking across the road.  The red building in the harbor is a frequently photographed and painted scene.  I took a few minutes to walk along Bearskin Neck, a popular shopping area in Rockport.  We also drove up to the Paper House which is made out of 100,000 newspapers.  The house was started in 1922 and worked on for the next 20 years.
Tomorrow we make our way to Groton, NY to retrieve our kitty where she has been cared for by our daughter.
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