Leslie and I wanted to take him whale watching, but told him he could not hook up a tarpon rig to take along, as much as he loves to fish.
There has been a lot of activity on the seas of late, huge dolphin pods of both common and pacific white sided, both humpies and gray whales and a lot of sunfish seen every day.
We left from Oceanside Adventures yesterday at 2:20.
Don was supposed to come too but he chickened out at the last moment, the weather on the gloomy day being a bit too nippy for his delicate Illinois constitution and temperament.
I called a few other people at the last minute, nobody wanted to go.
I recognized a guy I see in Fallbrook all the time, walking around the pier, also named Robert. He said he was behind me in line at the hardware store the other day.
I winced at the memory of the flatulence incident and kept my mouth shut, no way, right?
Leslie and I have been out on this boat ten or more times, we love it. And it turned out that yesterday might have been the best day of all.
There were very few other customers on the boat, usually there are twenty, yesterday there were ten. Fine with me.
The Captain let us know that it would not be a normal adventure. We would be driving very fast and it would be choppy. We had a place to be.
We drove past a seal amongst the sea lions, a rare occurrence in the harbor.
The noon trip had been in a pod of five humpbacks. He relayed the information to another whale boat and they guarded the pod as we hauled ass back to it.
We stayed with the pair and at least one other humpback for about an hour and a half.
Typically the boat goes a limit of eight miles out, we went eleven.
Plus my battery was running low and I brought no spare, totally unprepared. So I had to be somewhat judicious with my clicks.
I was using my nikkor 70-200 ƒ2.8 vr, a lens I do not use often enough but perhaps the best choice for ocean shots.
It will hopefully be better next time. An opportunity missed.
I feel sort of bad for botching things up photographically but it only makes me want to get back out there and do the job right.