If you can’t guess the topic in this post, you have a problem bigger than the clue I gave you in the title. No offense.
The event that was the impetus for this vacation to our final 2 states (yes, we have now been to all 50 plus the District of Columbia) was our vacation to the Kenai peninsula in Alaska last summer. I had fervently hoped that the trip would include some sightings of orca whales. Alas, it was not to be. Not one orca whale had been seen after 2 lovely weeks in one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been.
My husband knew that I was very disappointed. When he began to plan our vacation for this summer, he decided that orcas would be a priority. He researched and chose our final destination very carefully. The result was our current 5 day stay on San Juan Island in Washington state. We are staying at a lovely B&B which I will describe, if indeed that is possible, in a separate post. I mention it here because Michael, one of our hosts at Wildwood Manor, helped my husband find the best possible whale watch as well.
Michael did a fine job. We went out today with Capt Jim, the owner/operator of Maya’s Whale Watch. He operates a small boat in comparison to other companies, accommodating 6-8 persons per trip. The boat itself is a catamaran, which gives a smoother ride than other “regular” boats of similar size.
We left Snug Harbor at 1:30 in search of orcas. I had a great seat in the center of the stern. I had taken some Dramamine before we left as a precaution (my susceptibility to motion sickness has definitely increased as I’ve aged) and was grateful that I had, even with the relatively smooth ride.
With the small number aboard, Capt Jim was able to talk to everyone personally. The whales themselves were a bit less cooperative – they had traveled up near Vancouver and it was a long trip to get to them. Along the way, Capt Jim slowed to show us harbor seals sunning themselves on the larger rocks.
When we arrived in the vicinity of the whales, we were actually just into Canadian waters. The whales were rather spread out initially and we spent some time going from area to area. We definitely got to see quite a few orcas before our trip home.
This was a superb whale watch and I would highly recommend Capt Jim to everyone. But maybe I shouldn’t – we decided to go out with him again and found that he was fully booked for the remainder of our stay. But we are going out with a friend of his who has a similar boat. I’ll let you know if Capt Spence is as good as Capt Jim.