for our big cool adventure while my mom was here, we planned a whale watching trip. derek found a groupon, and even though it was late in the migration season, there were still daily whale sightings and we had high hopes of seeing some cool stuff.
everything started of alright. we are super excited for some whale sightings. the group who went out just before us got to see a group of grey whales, so the captain was on a mission to find the same group for our viewing enjoyment.
and then. two hours later, we were still driving around, and everyone was sick and blah. passengers were barfing everywhere, huddled around trashcans, hurling overboard… it was like a scene from a hilarious movie. isaac was the only passenger in our party to throw up, but everyone except new gramma (and hazel, who slept through it all) was feeling the queasy effects of a rocky ride.
eventually, we slowed down a bit and/or the water was calmer and folks starting feeling a little better. but we were still bummed that we hadn’t seen a single thing. and then, we rolled up on a few dolphins.
it was pretty amazing and everyone perked up. i’m sure the boat crew was just as excited as everyone else. the dolphins swam along with us for like 20 minutes and i took one million pictures. all the little white spots on the water are dolphins hopping in and out.
the dolphins definitely turned most of the spirits around in our crew. but ike was still a little blah and not feeling it. it’s safe to say that he is a land lover and will never be a pirate or on deadliest catch.
a much less scenic pic of our lazy sea lions, backdropped by an old oil drilling station, still just sitting out in the ocean. it’s one of several, which give a less than majestic view out into the pacific ocean from the coast nearby.
we whale watched on a friday and then saturday was moving day. we weren’t moving too far up the coast, so it was a good day to squeeze in a travel day adventure. one of the possible options was the mission santa barbara, which is where the “island girl”, the woman who inspired the book “island of the blue dolphins”, is buried. when isaac heard this, he was all in, and anytime he has an interest that isn’t minecraft, we run with it.
finally! we found her. renamed juana maria after her rescue from the island, the “island girl” was actually buried in a wall, which i’m told was sort of normal. for all his excitement about this event, isaac would not let me take a pic, but hazel was game for holding up the book that has created all this buzz.
the last bit of the mission was a little museum full of artifacts and information about the chumash people who once resided in this area and the spanish missionaries who came over to convert them. we wandered through. twice. because of a bathroom emergency and the one way path through the mission. 🙂
at this point, we received a call from derek that he was waiting for us at the rv park, for the super frustrating towing in incident. so we raced to the car and hit the road, thus concluding our california adventures with new gramma.