Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Bodega Bay

Part Two:)

On Sunday morning, Laurie and I drove to the coast, to Bodega Bay, to see the whales. There have been sightings for the past two weeks -- as many as 50 whales were reported to be seen!  We spotted about 30 "episodes" of whales surfacing.  I'm not sure how many were repeat performers! but it was exciting to see them spouting and flipping their tails above the surface.

First, a couple of views of the bay.

This is a humpback whale.  We're told that blue whales are also out there, and a white shark was seen a few days before.  This gentle giant was about 200 yards from shore.
Look closely, and you can see two tails. . .
The whales drew quite a crowd. . .
. . . of all shapes and sizes.
Such a beautiful spot.


On the drive back to Santa Rosa, we stopped for lunch in a little crossroads of a town called Duncan Mills.  It has the best shops and a lovely little place for lunch. 


We sat on the back patio, right next door to Mr. Trombly's Tea Shop.




I had such a great time with Laurie!  And on the way home, I stayed the night with my sister--in-law, Carol, who lives in Sacramento.  She and Sonia -- my other SIL:) -- have a beautiful home on five acres.  They have just started a small vineyard of their own.  When it's time for the first harvest, I sure hope they call me.  Being that I'm now an experienced 'grape picker' and all;)

8 comments:

Anita said...

There's hardly a site that includes water that I don't enjoy.
This is especially beautiful.
Glad you're having a good time!

Becky said...

What a beautiful experience. Whales! I can't even imagine.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WHAT BEAUTIFUL PICTURES, BUT THEN AGAIN YOU ALWAYS WERE A GOOD PHOTOGRAPHER. THE SHOPS ARE DARLING, AND ALL THOSE TEAPOTS, WHAT A LOVELY TIME FOR YOU. TAKE CARE. LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Susanne said...

How exciting to see the whales. That is on my bucket list of things I'd love to see!

Bill said...

Looks like you had a great trip, and the pictures are terrific. I especially like the last one of all the colorful teapots in the window.
That little dog looks like a very reluctant whale-watcher.

Dandy said...

I've never been to Bodega Bay but the pictures are amazing!!

Anonymous said...

Karen, your pictures are amazing,thanks for sharing your trip.

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Sounds like such an incredible getaway! So glad you had the chance to go and see and do all of that, I'd so love to see that part of the country one day :) Oh, and whales too, LOL!