Monday, August 07, 2006
News from the Beach
Greetings from the beach! Amanda is feeling fine--thanks for your good wishes and prayers. We drove up here with no traffic, which is a wonderful gift in itself. Our hotel is perfect. Here is Amanda out on the balcony, and the beach is right there behind her. When we got here, we headed right out to the beach. And, this is a first for us who consider the beach Texas, or Florida, or even the Caribbean. It's not hot! Well, okay, we did have our West Coast Oregon days, but we called that the coast, not the beach, because it really was cold, all the time. It has been in the upper 70's, and to be honest, it was so windy today that it was almost cold at the pool.
Kyle did not like the sand. As soon as walked down the stairs into it, he started screaming. It wasn't hot, but I guess he just didn't like it. He likes mud and puddles, but not the sand--wet or dry. He liked the water if we carried him, but still didn't want to walk. We finally convinced him to sit on a towel and play in the sand.
Today we went Whale Watching. It was about an hour out there on the boat, and then because there were SO many whales, we stayed about an hour and a half out there, and then an hour back. They were all around our boat, many times in groups of two and three, which is odd. These pics are of a tail, various parts of two or three whales in a group, and the mouth. They would feed on the fish, and bring their heads out. We saw this multiple times. It was truly awesome. There is also a picture of most of the body as it's coming out of the water.
If you click on the pictures, they will enlarge. Sorry that they aren't in there so nicely, but I don't have time to mess with them (and even if I did, they might still look all crooked).
We ate lunch when we got back to shore, and then came back here and swam in the pool. We ordered pizza in, and Kyle was really ready for bed. He even got in his portacrib while we were sitting around watching TV. We left him alone for 5 minutes, and he was out.
So, nothing monumental to report, and no introspection, but I just thought I'd share! I'll close with a live shot of Amanda, captured by Terry, watching the whales.