A Day at Sea with the Dolphins and the Whales
We’re having Field Trip Week at Pacific Christian School. See, Alan is out on Fall break, so the timing is perfect for maximum family fun.
First, let me tell you about Abalonetti! This place has an exciting local’s menu, food that every single one of my children like (as in yes, they have pizza), and delicious sea food.
I’m the kind of person that picks a favorite restaurant and then stops going to all other places. I have now picked my place. Every time I get to eat out in Monterey, this is where I will be.
But you didn’t come here to read about where to find the best calamari, so let me show you what else we’ve found.
We had the sweetest family evening. After eating at Abalonetti, we walked around the wharf gawking at seals and sea lions. John David was so delighted with it all, I didn’t think we’d get him home without a struggle. However, we managed to just stand around and soak it in long enough to satisfy even J.D.
It is a pet peeve of mine for people to call seals “sea lions,” and vice versa, so let’s review:
The plain brown ones with long flippers and ear flaps are sea lions.
The multi-colored (mostly gray) ones with short flippers and no ear flaps are harbor seals.
Now that we have that settled, I have so much more to show you!
JD was so cute about it. One seal popped up, and he pointed and said, “Mama”, then he pointed at the next one and said, “Daddy”, and then the next one, “Baby.”
Now onto our day at sea! This was a different day, and we left the two small boys with Nonna.
Monterey Bay is eaten up with humpback whales right now. I’ve never seen so many in one place. Everywhere we would turn around, we’d seen another couple of whales either nearby or in the distance. We probably saw 20 different humpbacks.
We boarded in Monterey, but then we had to ride the boat 45 minutes (ish) to the water off Moss Landing, where all the whales are.
There was a mega-pod of long-beaked common dolphins out in force, and watching them made my day. I have never seen so many dolphins at one time, literally over 100.
Good-bye dear Pacific!! In the spring, Daniel will turn five, and we will be back out there for another ride.