I decided after several days of overcast and gray skies, that I could not let a day with sunshine go by. Even if the winds were suppose to be up. So, with a sandwich and chips in hand I headed out for a lunch on the water.
The water wasn’t too bad so why not go out a ways for lunch. Well, why not go on out past the second oil platform where I often find dolphins. NOTHING! Float around and eat lunch then decided even though the ocean was getting rough, that I liked the way I saw waves crashing on Santa Cruz Island.
I was starting to get 8 – 10 foot seas and in the Zodiac wasn’t concerned about safety — just a rough ride home. I was 20 miles away. Time to head home. But, wait. NO WAY. Whales are out of season and should all be gone! I found myself in the middle of four active humpback whales. Check out the photo album here and Richard’s Photographs for more images.
We just felt an earthquake here. If you are going to have one, guess this one was good as it was a “kewl” and then over. Just a sharp jolt but not enought to rattle anything. Although, I grew up on the New Madrid fault and felt these types of quakes all the time. There was another small quake down toward Orange County last week. Maybe this is good an releasing energy. Seems this area has a large quake about every 10 years and I have been out here about that long.
My friend, Glen Kinney and follow ham radio operator come over today With the great weather we (I) decided to go OUT in the boat rather than WORK on the boat. We went up to Ventura and about 8 miles out close to platform Grace before returning toward the harbor. No whales and as it often goes, the dolphins were just outside the harbor. Still a nice trip.
Ok, now I know I moved out here from Arkansas not yet ten years ago and there are a lot of things that I miss. Many things I don’t. But, you always think of Arkansas being more country. So, why is it I had a raccoon on my deck, over the salt water, in a harbor next to a beach in California??