Family Flashbacks (14): A Bird, A Breach, & A Beach

Continuing my flashback California road trip report, on this date we gladly put the Artichoke Inn in our rear-view mirror, breakfasted again in the Moss Landing Café (no artichokes), and drove to a nearby departure point for Sanctuary Whale Watch Cruises, which we had researched well in advance. For the next two-and-a-half hours we cruised around Monterey Bay out to five miles or so from shore. It was a wonderfully calm morning with just a few gentle swells, but there was initially quite a bit of fog that greatly reduced our visibility across the water. Eventually it lifted, gradually and sporadically, and gave us better views. During our cruise we were able to see perhaps a dozen humpback whales, but it was a real challenge to try to be ready for their brief appearances, which could be anywhere. We glimpsed several breaches, but only one is worth sharing, and the whale was about a half-mile away. It was far easier to capture the beautiful disappearing tails of the few whales that surfaced closer to our quiet craft, and our encounters were topped when a pair of them did a perfect pas de deux for us. Full of excitement after our adventure at sea, we continued our journey up the coast to San Francisco. We made two more stops along the way, one in which Squiddy and I went for a leg-stretching walk into Pescadero River Park. We stayed until the light faded and then lingered a bit longer to see what the sunset over the Pacific would offer us; CD and Squiddy went down closer to the beach, while I skirted the dune foliage, looking for suitable foreground elements to include in my photos. Our second stop was for dinner in Half-Moon Bay, which turned out to be a rather posh community, and the only suitable restaurant that we found was a rather fancy Italian one. The food was just fine, but we were dressed pretty casually and, although they pretended to try to make us feel welcome, it was quite clear that they would prefer that we eat as fast as possible and leave again. Our (modest) meal tipped the scales at $150. Yikes!

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17 Responses to Family Flashbacks (14): A Bird, A Breach, & A Beach

  1. A lovely part of the world! Lovely to see through your lens.

  2. It looks like a big wide face in the next-to-last picture.

  3. Adrian Lewis says:

    Wonderful pictures! What are the birds in front of the breaching whale – they look interesting. And I love the bit about the posh restaurant at Half-Moon Bay – don’t know about you, old friend, but the older I get the more I think we are a very strange and convoluted species! :)

    • krikitarts says:

      Ah, Adrian, I thought you would focus in on the birds. I’m sorry, but I can’t say for sure what they were, and I had to do some serious cropping to get that image. A local expert might be able to say, but I don’t know any. And that restaurant–what a mixed experience. Convoluted is a thoroughly appropriate term.

      • Adrian Lewis says:

        Not to worry about the birds, my friend, not to worry, I was just curious. But re humans, I increasingly wonder: we seem to rely on, value and find solace in so many contrived situations (imagined realities), like that restaurant >>> and I suppose that’s one thing about the natural world, that it’s real and, apparently, it does not have to rely on such IEs.

  4. Jabba!!! It looks like the plant in the sunset image is pointing to something you might have missed.

    • krikitarts says:

      I can well see why you could think this but, as far as I could tell, it was hoping that it provided the image I was hoping for (it did) and pointing the way to the road we had yet to travel with the miles to go before (we were able to) sleep.

  5. Whales….. I am beginning to think they don’t exist. Been on many whale trips and missed out everytime. Even on our last cruise to Norway, Whales spotted on port side, so dash there only for them to pop up on the starboard side. A pod of Killer Whales round the Hebridean Islands.. Lots of folk saying what a spectacular view they had…… me ‘silch’ . :-)

  6. Meanderer says:

    Yes – I thought Jabba the Hutt, too! How wonderful – and special – to see the whales.

    • krikitarts says:

      The only other time I’ve seen whales was during another whale watch out into the Hauraki Gulf off of Auckland. There were a few Bryde’s whales in the far distance. We did, however, get to see several orcas pretty close to our vessel. Yes, truly very special.

  7. bluebrightly says:

    This is a great California story, the pelican, the whales and that meal!

    • krikitarts says:

      I’d be delighted at the chance to revisit the pelicans and whales, but I don’t think I’ll ever go out of my way to eat at that place again. It was painful to recall the memory for this report.

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