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Along the Natchez Trace

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A Whale of a Great Time!


I've been "working" the night shift on this gate-guard job and since it's so quiet at night I had time to look up some old photos of when we fed the birds oranges and apples.  That was in Utah...  and the birds were western tanagers, lazuli buntings, black-headed grosbeaks and the such.  (and yes, we get ants on the fruit, but they don't seem to bother the golden-fronted woodpeckers - maybe they like a little protein with their fruit)....

Anyway, as often happens, one thing let to another and I started looking at other photos from other places.

The following photos were from a trip nearly 10 years ago, but the excitement I felt still surfaces when I look at those pictures.

That's me and Bill in the very front of this boat.  Of course I have a camera in my hands...

These photos were taken March 25, 2004.  We were in the bay just off from Guerrero Negro, which is located just south of the border between Baja California, and Baja California Sur, in Mexico.  We were on a whale-watching tour...  and were fortunate to see several gray whales and their calves.  

We were on a month-long caravan tour of Mexico....  An Adventure Caravan's Twin Piggyback tour that they offered back then.  It started just across the border, near Big Bend, Texas...  down through the Copper Canyon when you could still put your rig on a flatbed railroad car... to Mazatlan, across on the ferry over to La Paz, and up to San Diego, Ca.  It was my introduction to Mexico - and so began my passion for traveling "south of the border".

 I'd like to say that that big "blob" is the whale blowing, but no... it's just a water spot on my lens.

You can see how close this whale is to our boat.  We actually reached out and touched it.  Quite an experience!

That top picture of our boat was taken from the boat across from us...  
Here's the photo that I was taking in the top picture...  the group just on the other side of this whale.
Since I got my first digital camera in the fall before this trip I have all my photos on CDs now.  It's much easier to carry my whole "library" of pictures with me...  which gives me the opportunity to look back at good times, good friends and wonderful adventures.

That's All For Today!



12 comments:

  1. Wow! I can't believe you were in that tiny little boat right on top of that huge whale. Amazing.

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  2. Thanks for the memories. We did this whale tour in March 2001 and got to pet the whales and the babies. It has to be one of the coolest things we have ever done. Becki

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  3. Great fun! Love being that close to whales!

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  4. Isn't that a great feeling when these big mammals come up so close to the boat! We had a similar experience with a humpback whale 3 years ago. It was so exciting and we definitely will go on another tour soon! Last summer was no good whale watching year. The waters were too warm and the whales went farther north where the colder water (= food) was.

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  5. oh, that's what I've been doing too, Sharon... What an experience! WOW

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  6. Did you put your rig on the rail car? We considered doing that at one time but decided not to--maybe sometime we will just go visit the Copper Canyon???

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  7. What a wonderful life you are leading!

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  8. I love looking at our old pictures. There are so many places I want to go back to, so many new places I want to go to, not enough time to do it all.
    Teri

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  9. I love looking at our old pictures. There are so many places I want to go back to, so many new places I want to go to, not enough time to do it all.
    Teri

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