When I added #8 to my Personal 9 Month Bucket List ~ Say yes to something I normally wouldn’t, I wasn’t sure how this item would play out. It’s open-endedness leaves lots of possibilities, but I believe I fulfilled it yesterday.
I went whale watching in a small boat on 9 ft. seas.
Not that I’m against whales. I’m fascinated by “nature red in tooth and claw” and love a chance to see animals in the wild. And I love being on the ocean. I hardly feel like I’m on vacation unless we’re on a cruise ship.
No, the problem was the smallness of the craft and the 9 ft seas.
Despite my love of cruising, I’m terribly prone to motion sickness, which I combat with those little scopalamine patches. As a kid, I always started our family car trips with early morning bouts of nausea in the back seat because my dad wanted to drive to a certain restaurant in a town about 100 miles away before we stopped for breakfast. As an adult, I remain very motion-sensitive. I could feel our high-rise sway when the wind kicked up in Seattle. Of course, since it’s an earthquake zone it was designed to do that, but still, when I think of “the earth moving,” that’s not what I really want to happen.
So when my daughter (pictured above) wanted to go whale watching for her birthday, I took a long gulp. Hurricane Igor may be hundreds of miles off the New England coast, but he’s churning up the water and leaving us with riptides and much larger than normal swells. But, our daughter wanted to see some whales, so I armed myself with Dramamine and a rice cake, and off we went.
The tour operator took us 26 miles out to a spot where the ocean floor rushes up to create an underwater plateau a mere 100 feet deep. It’s a spot rich in food sources for humpbacks, right whales and a couple smaller species. Unfortunately, getting there was like having a rodeo with the ocean. The hull bucked and slapped against the increasing strong seas. We pitched, yawed and rolled. The on-board naturalist turned a very unnatural shade of green.
And once we got there, there were no whales to be seen. They were obviously affected by the water conditions as well and had looked for calmer waters as Igor approached.
And no, there are no refunds on these tours. Just a voucher to try again on a later date.
It turned out, as all adventures do, diffferently that we’d hoped. But for what it was worth, we had a family outing on the very high seas. Dramamine and rice cakes worked for me and yes, I will give a try on another much calmer day.
I suspect I’ll fulfill #8 more than once between now and Touch of a Thief’s release day next spring. I think it’s still a good goal to look for opportunities to move out of my comfort zone and try new things.
So I’m Xing out another item on the bucket list. I know it seems silly, but I feel a glow of accomplishment when I check one off.
How about you? Have you ever had an adventure that turned out differently than you expected?