We want everyone to be able to share in the sunrises we experienced so, as you can tell, we are posting a picture every day. Also, here is photographic evidence of Leslie doing yoga.
Today we went to Loreto which was the first Spanish settlement on the Baja California Peninsula. It served as the capital of Las Californias from 1697 to 1777. The town was founded in 1697 by Jesuit missionaries, who found a steady spring of fresh water on this site. They built the Mission Nuestra Senora de Loreto (5th picture) in 1697. The bell tower was added in the 1950’s which is why it looks more modern.
The wind kicked up in the afternoon and they had to move the boat to a different location – lots of rocking of the boat, but with some Dramamine, it was quite nice to just let the motion rock us to sleep for nap. We eventually arrived at Isla Carmen and did some animal sightseeing (most of which we did not get on film). We saw mobula rays which jump in and out of the water when they travel (even if we showed you a picture it would just look like a wave.) They were fascinating to watch. We also saw some spinner dolphins, a bit far from the boat, but still putting on a spectacular show.
The highlight was a blue whale with its calf. The people on the boat told us that it is very rare to see a blue whale with its calf as they tend to keep them private until they have grown some. Blue whales are the largest animal on the earth. They do not come out of the water like other whales, so we really only got to see their backs, but it was still cool. They have this teeny tiny dorsal fin (you can see the baby’s in the next to the last picture) which considering their size is kind of funny. This last picture is just part of the mother. It took 5 pictures to get the whole whale – she was bigger than our boat. Leslie actually took the whale pictures. We switched roles – Don got to just enjoy looking and Leslie got to experience the frustration and the joy of trying to get a picture of something that goes under water and then you have no idea where or when it will come up again.