Monday, 19 March 2012

Guerrero Negro (Day 2)

Wow!!! That is about how we can describe this day of whale watching! Strangely enough, even though we are from the West Coast, we have never gone whale watching. I always thought of it as a way to really irritate the whales. We had heard enough about the program down here that we thought we really needed to go and see it done. They are so very respectful of this amazing creature. First this bay is so highly concentrated in salt that learning about how they "mine" and process it direct from the water was very interesting, but more so interesting was the "why" of the gray whales coming into this bay to mate and have their babies. So much salt it is easy for the babies to learn how to swim! It is also protected. You cannot just drive your boat or car out to these dunes and see these whales from here. The military and government helicopter patrol to ensure that no one is out there that isn't supposed to be. Also, there were only about 4 or 5 tour boats, all the same size out with us. So, here's our day:

This is a mommy & baby surfacing together!!!

...and Josh, this is your "Gary" whale, complete with blowing out through his blowhole!!!

After about 1.5 hours, we had lunch, just quietly floating out there. They had packed a bagged lunch for everyone! Antonio, our boat driver, was amazing. He spoke no English at all but managed to always alert us to what he saw. The best part was the slow "putting" or just floating with no motor going. At one point there were at least 3 or 4 whales around us. Apparently, by March, they are used to the boats being out in the bay and they have learned that no one bothers them so they are quite curious. This fact was demonstrated when, just as we were going to leave, we were visited by a mommy and baby. They were right up under our boat, right beside it, the baby was actually flipping it's tail around under the boat. They swam back and forth, like they were watching us and she was teaching her baby about humans. We could have reached out and touched them!!! That will likely never happen again in our lives so it was a truly magical moment, one that Doug & I will always remember. Unfortunately, my camera ran out of battery power! I had it fully charged when we left but I guess after 2.5 hours of it being primed and on, it just couldn't do anymore. Our pictures above, again, don't do this outing justice, but we still managed to get some good ones. Actually, the lens wasn't really at maximum focus, that's how close they were. If you ever have opportunity to do this here, come and do it! You won't be disappointed!

That WAS a day. There are a few people in our life that we wished we could have had in that boat with us, right by our sides, enjoying every minute with us. You know who you are.

I hope, somehow, we have managed to "share" this day with you all! Hope you enjoyed the pictures!

After we got back, we rode our bikes through town to the local Mercado and picked up a few essentials. Our kids would be proud to haven seen us peddaling around town with beer strapped to the back of Dad's bike!! There has to be some kind of "street-cred" there, isn't there??

Tomorow we will leave here and head to San Ignacio first, check out that little town and then, likely on to Santa Rosalia where we wil probably stay for a day or so.

We have had tea and Scrabble is done, yes Doug won, again!


Nancy's days without make-up: 11
Scrabble wins: Doug 6 - Nancy 2  

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