Yes, the typo is intentional in the topic.
Photos and pictures to come later, but we returned from a really fun time in Boston for a whale watch. I’ll summarize here, and post links and photos in a second blog entry this week. Work’s busy and the evenings are still filled with barn de-construction. 🙂
The bus left at 4:30am on Saturday, and we returned home just after midnight. Loooong day.
Once we arrived at the harbor, we boarded the large catamaran boat and headed out to sea. I liked all the little islands we passed in the harbor, and the view of Fort Warren. The trip out to sea took about an hour or so, and the waves were somewhat choppy (2ft chop, they said) so there was a bit of a mini-game we played inside the seating area. I’ll simply describe it as anti-Twister, where you tried to Avoid putting hands and feet in the coloured spots on the floor. (I was surprised just how many people get seasick, since it is exciting to me, not illness-inducing at all)
When we got out approximately 25 miles from shore, we saw whales!!!! The humpbacks were feeding, which was really neat. They would blow little ‘bubble nets’ underwater, to encircle the schools of krill and little fish, then swim up into the circle of bubbles and fill their mouths before diving back down and doing it again elsewhere. All told, we saw what the captain estimated at 15-20 whales in the surrounding area, and at least 7 individual whales in our immediate location. They identified one as “Anvil” but did not have too many clear fluke-shots from the bridge to positively ID others.
On the way back, around 1pm, the kid slept after finally crashing from being up since 3:30am. The return trip to shore was much calmer as we were traveling with the waves, and a steady tailwind. Returned to port around 2:30.
After this, we went to the Boston Aquarium. That is a really neat place, with a huge, HUGE tank in the middle, full of fish and sharks, and a few eels, and the usual “big tank” sort of occupants. (video of shark to come!)
All around the bottom were four species of penguin, which was really neat. The African penguin sounds almost exactly like a burro/donkey, which was very funny.
After the aquarium, we played in a big fountain in the area, which was probably my son’s favorite part of the whole trip. Shows once again that the best things are [relatively] free! The fountain was a big flat tiled area, with little holes all around it. From time to time, jets of water would come shooting out of the holes, in somewhat random patterns, to heights around 15 feet or so. The kids in the area loved running through the jets, or dashing under the spouts as they rained down again. Luckily, we had spare clothes in the bus, but for a short time, the kid got to wear my wife’s very over-sized sweatshirt in order to cover his soaking bottom.
After the fountain, we realized we had about an hour or so before the bus arrived to take us home, so we visited Kitty O’Shea’s Irish Pub. I had the most delicious Fish&Chips I think I’ve ever eaten in my entire life, topped by a frosty Guinness from the tap. YUMMM!!
The bus arrived a bit late (around 7pm instead of 6:30), and most of the scouts drifted off pretty quickly. I fell asleep for a little bit, but very restlessly due to the uncomfortable seats. Still, when we arrived back home around midnight, I consider the trip a successful adventure.
And that real bed felt extra-welcoming when we finally sprawled into it at, fast asleep almost before our heads hit the pillow.