There are whales out there...

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Every time my sister and I are at the ocean we think about whales. It's amazing to me that there are massive, friendly giants swimming around, flipping, playing, loving, living their lives out there in those great mysterious waters. Once I saw a picture in a National Geographic of a scuba diver swimming right up next to an enormous whale shark. I have dreamed about doing that ever since, but even just seeing one has always been a dream of mine as well.

I mean, does this look incredible, or what?? My heart would definitely explode.

Some of you met me here a while ago when I began my ride across America with my sweet horse, Sojourner. Walter helped to make that dream come true and for my birthday a few days ago he made my dream of seeing a whale come true as well.

Not just one, but 35! There were a few different kinds that surfaced, too - Humpback, Finback, and Minke. I don't think I can explain how my heart felt when I saw a whale come up for the first time. Right there. Right next to the boat. My hand shot to my open mouth and my eyes watered.

I told Walter that I'm pretty sure they've had a person at some point in time jump overboard out of sheer unbearable excitement because it took everything I had to not jump over and swim with them.

whale tail

whale

The birds let you know they're coming. They can tell by the bubbles rising to the surface. They get more and more excited as the bubbles get more and more dense.

whale bubbles

whale bubbles

bubbles from whale

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whale and birds

whale and birds

whales and birds

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whale watch

One of the whales had a baby swimming with her. The baby doesn't have to worry about catching food because it's mama still does that for her so she was able to jump and flip and play...and she did a lot of that!

whale tail

baby whale flipping

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whale

whale blowing water

I learned that humpback whales have more blubber than other whales which makes it easier for them to float. All they have to do is arch their tail up a bit and they can hang out for a while with their noses out of the water. This is also why you see their tails when they dive down. They use the weight of their tail to help push them back under. Other whales have less blubber and therefore just glide under more like a dolphin would.

This humpback chased his fish to the surface and came up with a wide open mouth.

humpback whale eating

humpback whale eating

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whale

Right before I jumped...just kidding (but I wish I wasn't).

Linny and whale

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whales

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humpback whale

humpback whale

humpback whale

humpback whale

humpback whale

whale

After about 3 hours it was announced that we would be heading back to shore and I said my goodbyes to those magical creatures at sea.

The tour was one I would highly recommend. It left from Provincetown, Cape Cod. Click below to check it out. Everyone should do this at least once in their life, in my opinion:

WHALE WATCH

The whole day started out with breakfast in bed (homemade crepes with bananas and cream and a side of potatoes) but my delicious cappuccino kept me from staying there long so I finished my breakfast out of bed with curious little Clarence looking on...

birthday breakfast

I think I'm gonna like my 30's. Yes, I just turned thirty one, but I needed all of 30 to accept that I was 30. Not really, but sort of...alright, really. But...now that I've accepted it, it's looking pretty good.