|Becky, Brandan, Abe, Gibson, Helen and Sophie on the stairs in the light house.|
I've always heard you can see whales from Cabrillo National Monument. There's a whale watching plaza overlooking the Pacific and some whale bones. But we did not see any whales, just a lot of sun glare off the ocean and a pretty nifty light house. The Hulls were good sports about the change of plans and that Cabrillo National Monument is one of the windiest spots on earth. That night we had dinner and games and stayed up way too late catching up. Becky has been a dear friend since my Freshman year in college. We have a lot of shared history including backpacking across Europe together. It was so good of them to make the extra drive to come see us.
The next day we tried whale watching again. This time with just Lizzy, Ashleigh (our Australian visitor) and Tiana (another Australian friend). Somehow we found ourselves running to catch this boat too but we made it just in time. We were the last people on the boat. I was so excited, I worried that maybe I was too excited and setting myself up for disappointment. But nope--it was all I hoped and even more. In fact it was like a heartwarming wild life movie: a mother whale searching for her baby; finally the two were reunited and suddenly dozens of dolphins appear gleaming in the sunlight, leaping over mother and baby. If I'd seen it in a movie I would have thought they were laying it on a bit thick.
|The girls with the San Diego skyline, a fluke, behind that finger is a a whale breaching.|
|Ashleigh and Lizzy|
Ashleigh left this morning and we already miss her. She did leave us with a few more fun Aussie words.
Feel free to guess the meaning of these words. I'll give the answers in a couple weeks when I blog again. G'day!