Today we went Whale 🐳 Watching.
The tour was booked weeks in advance. We reached Anacortes WA around 10:30 am.
Ship in the harbor:Flounder Bay
The water was a beautiful dark blue. The waves were frothy and smelled salty and fresh. I hadn’t sailed on the Pacific before and it was a thrilling experience.
We were taken on a small ship/ boat which could go fast. We were promised Whales and we were taking to the part of Pacific where they were sighted today: Canada, BC.
We traveled for almost two hours to find our Whale. It was a female Hump Back Whale. 60 feet in length and weighing a whooping 70 thousand pounds. ( and here I was thinking myself overweight! )
A round trip of 5 hours! Getting wet in the ocean spray and then buffeted with cold wind from the ocean. Quite an adventure. At least for me.
I several times wished I had a spare had to take pictures. I was using the two I have to hold on to the hand rails. There was a bounce and lift which could plunge even a person like me overboard.
These are the ones I took. Except the last one which I got from their website.
San Juan Island
Finally a glimpse
We stayed with it for about an hour during which made several dives and showed the typical Hump Back dive which is the reason for its name. But with my luck at taking pictures, I just managed to get it from a very distant angle. I made a few videos but they really don’t show the real majestic feel of this creature that we saw in real life.
A light house on San Juan
How a real photographer can take the picture
I am no travel blogger nor a photographer. But I hope you enjoy these pictures and the brief account of the trip.
It was with much anticipation that I looked forward to my visit to the Pacific coast in the north of Washington state. The plan was to drive and stay a couple of night along the way.
In two and half days we did a loop of the Olympic peninsula, traveling around 600 miles. It was a great trip and we drove through most of the towns and ports in the area.
Port Angeles was a super amazing experience.
Beautiful painting on the outer walls depicting life in the past.
Pier # 8, Port Angeles
This serves a dual purpose, a) to give you a glimpse into our trip and b) in response to the prompt by Michael to write about a visit.
Hope you enjoyed the pictures.
This week the task is to compose a tale in which the term/word ‘visit’ features.
It could be visiting, visited, visitation……you go where the prompt takes you.
Have fun and link your responses using the linking tool below.
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These are the pictures from the first leg of the trip, going to Neah bay, Makkah reservation. The weather was fantastic and the views absolutely wonderful.
The beauty of nature is such that words become unnecessary.
I hope you enjoy!
I am visiting the northern tip of the Olympic peninsula along the Pacific Ocean with my daughter and grandson. It is going to take a couple of days and I will share the pictures after Monday.
So excuse me while I have some quality time with my family exploring Washington state!
I won’t be able to be here on the WordPress for almost the entire day. I am traveling to Seattle and with the long flight and settling in, there maybe a hiatus of a couple of days!
So see you all in the other side!
There was a degree of fidelity regarding how the actual was copied
It resembled, what the original would have looked like if it existed
All the teachers and the students involved were working tirelessly
To complete the stage set before the play’s scheduled date
The had a makeshift ship on one side with oars and sails
The pirate costumes were all ready with crossbones and skulls
As the curtains opened, the bold Captain jumped from high deck
Said with a loud laugh , “Ahoy, me mates!
Written in response to the following;
Your daily word prompt;
Word of the day challenge;
The heat was intense. And he had been traveling for all day in this sand and heat. The sand was everywhere he looked. But that had to be expected as it was the largest desert in the world, the Sahara desert. The ride on the camel back was not to be compared with horseback riding. It took a lot of time to get used to it.
Finally the reached their destination, from which they would travel by road to Rabat, capital of Morocco. He was hired by the National Geographic to take pictures of the life aspects in different parts of this African nation. The job was well paid so he was willing to put up with all the discomfort it involved. It also satisfied his wanderlust. Even as a child he has longed to travel to see the world and this job provided excellent opportunity for it.
After washing off the sand of the desert, he headed out to explore the beautiful old city.
In the streets there were people gathered on different spots.He heard strains of soothing music playing which was very unfamiliar to him. But he felt as if tired body and mind were soothed by it.
The architecture of the city was intriguing and captivating. The buildings were of a fascinating design and he loved the blue hue of used in the outer paint of many areas of the city.
Written for; Where in the world
A tag created by Rory of A Guy Called Bloke.
Last year I went with my best friends to Visit Istanbul, Turkey. It was the first time that I went abroad with my friends, just a girls trip.
It was November, last year that I and a couple of my friends made the plan to visit Turkey, specifically, Istanbul.
There were many recommendations for traveling to Istanbul. It was cheap, the people were friendly and it was a place of historical interest. Not that we were so hooked on history but who wouldn’t want to see the palaces and churches that attract millions of visitors every year.
The trip was, all the traveling time inclusive, of a week. A friend had researched all the places we should visit, complete with a travel itinerary. We decided that we would visit only Istanbul and explore the city as much as we can.
Dolmebaché Palace is situated on the side of Bosporus straits. It was an amazing place. A luxurious and grand palace, residence of the sultans. It was the last place we visited on our trip and it wouldn’t have been complete without this visit.
Cruise on the Bosporus; It was a lovely experience with a round trip , starting from the part of river near the Topkapi palace traveling towards the golden horn and then returning to the starting point. While on the cruise, we were informed in English about the places we were passing by and their historical significance.
Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque; The historic Topkapi palace, ruling seat of the Ottoman Empire was built in 1459. It’s a fascinating place, alive with the historical atmosphere and kept is great repair by the administration. Right next to it was Hagia Sophia, initially a church which was converted into a mosque when Turkey was conquered by Sultan Ahmet in 1414, A D. It is now a museum.
The blue mosque is familiar to many as one of the most pictured landmark of Istanbul.
Grand Bazaar/ Spice Bazaar; Both are adjacent to each other in the older part of the city. Going there is like stepping back into the past. One feels as if we are in some medieval eastern city, or in a movie like Aladdin!
But though the place seemed mysterious, there was no mystery about all the shops and the shoppers. The place was teeming with tourists from every nation on the earth, haggling with shop owner about the prices. The shoes were selling everything from spices, tea jewelry to garments bags and beautiful hand crafted porcelain pieces. The famous Turkish lamps made out of multicolorEd glass and other hand painted souvenirs were in high demand.
We made a few trip to the grand bazaar and had to restrain ourselves from buying too much of these arty pieces.
A trip to Istanbul cannot be complete without visiting the Istaklal street and Taksim Square. The heroes memorial in the Taksim Square attracts a lot of photographers, taking selfies or asking passerby’s to take their pictures. Right in front of the memorial we the famous Turkish Doner Kebabs.
Istaklal street with its street cafes, clubs and impromptu dance performances was a treat to visit. All the western big brands have outlets on The Istaklal street.
The Turkish people are extremely friendly and welcoming. The food there is appetizing and flavorful. The people are quite health conscious and eat plenty of fruits, pomegranates are a notional favorite.
So this was one thing that I did last year , which I hadn’t done before.
Have you visited Turkey?
Please share your experiences in comments.