Thursday, August 20, 2009

What! Another Day of Celebrating

Today, Jim and Ellie treated Mark and I, for his birthday to a

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boat trip through the

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San Juan Islands to watch the Orca Whales.  Our trip left out of Port Townsend on

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a four hour cruise.  We left from the harbor and quickly came

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upon this California Sea Lion taking a nap on this buoy.

We proceeded through some pretty rough waters that took us by

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Smith Island where we saw a giant eagles nest on the ground.  We also saw some seals playing along the shoreline.

Now, we are

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back out in the open waters and it wasn’t too long before we caught up with the

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Mark was up top

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with camera in hand ready to capture their

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every move.

I was at the back of the boat and caught this guy

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trying to catch up with us.

Jim was somewhere in between and I am sure he got some great shots as well.

Ellie was down under and sick as a horse.  All the rough waters did not set well with her.  I am so sorry she didn’t get to enjoy the sites from up top.

When we had seen all the whales that we were going to see, our

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boat captain decided to take us back to Port Townsend by way of some calmer waters.  I thought this route was pretty scenic….we saw

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lots of sail boats, speed boats,

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and kayaks.  We saw

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yachts towing small boats and

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ferry boats carrying lots of cars and people.  There were

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beautiful beach areas and

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islands everywhere.  We also lots of

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beautiful water front property.

By this time Ellie was feeling better, but Mark wasn’t feeling too good and

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was out looking for some fresh air.

Even with the captain taking the so called calm way back to Port Townsend, we did have to come through some pretty rough waters….but soon we were passing

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the lighthouse and the

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sea lion that was still sleeping on the buoy.  At this point we were just a few minutes away from

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where we started.

What a great day.  I am sorry Ellie and Mark got a little “sea sick”, but I assured them that I had enough fun for all of us.  Now, once we were back on land, they both quickly recovered and decided they were ready for dinner.  We were off to locate

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a place to have fish and chips.  This restaurant was recommended to us by some local folks and they didn’t lead us astray.  The fish was delicious and the

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view was awesome.

Thanks Jim and Ellie for a great day.  And, Mark says thanks for all the birthday comments and for helping to make his 62nd birthday great.

1 comment:

  1. Wow what a great gift Mark got from Jim & Ellie... Your pictures were great and I really enjoyed this post... Have fun while your there and like I told Ellie I am just a little envious ☺☺☺ I love it there! Have Fun!

    Travel Safe