While most of you are sweltering in the summer heat, Little Boy and I donned winter coats and went whale watching in the Bay of Fundy. Now, while it was in the high 60's on dock, as soon as we pulled out of the harbor on a small lobster boat, Little Boy wanted his winter hat and fleece jacket. A little bit further and he was bundled up in his winter coat. After about an hour at sea, the engine noise, rocking of the boat and fresh air lulled him to sleep. So, he got a good nap in before we got out to the whales - they were about 2 hours off-shore, which is a bit further out than normal this time of year. But the ride out was definately worth it, and a boat ride on a nice day is part of the fun! When we got very close to the whales, I woke him up.
These are photos of endangered RIGHT WHALES! We were very close - actually one came right up along side the boat. Little Boy liked it when they laid on their sides and slapped their flippers. We got a good show of blows, head, tails (everyone loves a good tail shot, but once you see that tale in the air - it will be a good 10-12 minutes before the whale comes back up again - not a big deal for us because there were several whales in this group so even when 1 was diving there was still another whale to see). We were so close that we could even see their 2 blow holes and smell their stinky breath!!!!
If you ever get a chance to go whale watching - remember.... sunscreen, sunglasses (my son almost always wears sunglasses outside, and my own glasses get dark outside), winter coats, hats, drinks (plus sippy cup), snacks... I even had changes of clothing in case Little Boy got seasick, oh, and the ever present Elmo, of course, plus a small toy, and yes - my camera. Next time around I will definately bring foam ear buds though because after awhile, with the noise of the boat engine, you start to wish you had some with you. No wonder I always go everywhere totting a duffle bag!