Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Santa Barbara Pics with Humpback Whales

We just returned about an hour ago from our weekend in Santa Barbara. Of course, I could not wait to post pics and videos from our amazing trip! Though the weather wasn't as warm as it usually is when we go (we usually go Memorial Day or early October,) we enjoyed ourselves just as much, if not more! In fact, I would say it was our most memorable Santa Barbara trip yet! We did our usual buggy ride, and this year, they had these cool, new buggies which were much easier to use! We went for about an 8-mile loop. Aren't we cute?


And, of course, a Santa Barbara trip at our favorite little boutique hotal isn't the same without some pool and jacuzzi time. They kept the pool almost as warm as the jacuzzi!



Of course, you really want to read (and see!) about our Whale Watching expedition, right? Well, look how happy we were!

And why shouldn't we be happy? After all, we got to see real, live, wild humpback whales! Apparently we were lucky, as they were a bit "early" this year. Otherwise, we would have been looking for grey whales. We did spot one... they are travelling this time of year (not feeding,) so we didn't get to see much of it. But the highlight was the six, yes SIX humpback whales we saw! We saw two different groups of three. They were obviously different groups because of their tale coloration. We also were lucky enough to see a rare site, a basking shark. This creature was very curious about us and came RIGHT up to the boat! Here are a few pics and videos of these spectacular encounters!




4 comments:

Heather said...

Those are awesome Michelle!

scrappinhero said...

Omh girl how awesome!!! Looks like a good time was had by all!!!

Hugs..Jer

Lori said...

how cool is that!

Radona said...

love the pics and vids! so fun! we love whales!