Friday, February 26, 2010

Whale, It's Like This...

Wow, have we been busy. I've got less free time than I have on previous holidays - something to do with being the sole source of nourishment for a small human, I believe..
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Oh, and there's the beach.

We go to the beach lots. Amoyrn adores it; both the "sandy box" & the ocean. I love, love love her sunsuit - it makes the sunscreen tussle a little easier.
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This is our beach home base - a tent that coils up into a small parcel, and provides 50spf. I set Eleni under it, and she happily tries to wriggle her way to the ocean. Maybe she thinks she's a baby sea turtle? At any rate, I catch before she does much more than wriggle sand into her diaper. She naps really well by the ocean, too. (I have her white-noise sleep-sheep set to "ocean". Wish I could say it was foresight, but it's a happy accident.)
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We've had a couple firsts - Eleni sat (was tied into) a high chair for the first time. And she rolled over, but it was inspired by pure rage. Then she rolled right over again, inspired by fear as well as rage. I think the sand gave her extra 'footing'; we'll have to see when she next accomplishes that feat.
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We also went on our maiden whale watching tour. We got mugged.

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It was amazing. There was a pod of males competing for a female, and they swam around the boat for an hour or so. We were literally held up by them - we couldn't leave until they left. We were almost an hour late back from our tour, because of the whales.
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Did I mention how close they were?
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Have you ever seen a humpback? They are enormous. And graceful. And magical. And amazing. I wondered if I would find them frightening or overwhelming at all, as they're so big, but honestly, it was wonderful. (I found the seals in the harbour in Victoria far creepier.*)
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Speaking of wonderful, I think we've run out of the wonderful for the evening - the babe is fussing & the girl needs to head for bed. Next post: things I have learned about knitting on the beach!
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*Especially after I read about how a five-year old fell into the water & a seal took a couple good chomps out of her arm. They are carnivores, people. Carnivores. Hold onto your babies.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

You and Pat and Fauna and the girls are all climbing something tall right now, right? You're nto loitering about the beach waiting to see the waves, right?

Anonymous said...

Would you please be a doll and post a quick note this afternoon or evening confirming you are all high and dry? You know how I worry :) Sar

adriene said...

Amazing! I have never been so close to whales. Lucky you!