Monday, February 18, 2008

One last day on the water

Sept 30

".....Will you be a reader, a student merely or a seer? Read your fate, see what is before you, and walk into futurity."
Walden, page 83.

"I love to be alone. I never found the companion that was so companionable as solitude."

"Individuals, like nations, must have suitable broad and natural boundaries, even as considerable neutral ground, between them."
Walden, page 105.

Incredible!! Saw breaching humpback whales and orcas. God I love whales. I'll be back to see them again.

It appears as though I spent the 2 or 3 days while on the ferry reading Walden. Looking at that now makes me really wonder what was going through my head. I know I was looking for solitude when I planned this trip, but it appears I was also thinking about other things too. I really don't remember the details of why I wrote each of these quotes in my book. I am dreaming of taking a little time this summer and doing a short tour down to the Big Wheel Ballyhoo. Maybe I'll read Walden again while on short tour and it will spark some more memories.

The things I do remember are the whales and the orcas. While I did try to take pictures of the breaching whales, they were a bit out of my range for the camera I had with me. They look like specs in the pictures or rocks sticking out of the water. Doesn't matter to me. I saw whales that day. Sorry I can't post pics. These pics are still in slide format.

I also remember approaching Vancouver Island. At least I think it was Vancouver Island. On the very northern most end of the island, the Orcas would rub their bellies on the rocks. We saw quite a few in this area. Amazing! Orcas, in my opinion, are one of the world's most amazing and beautiful creatures. I sure hope by the time I am able to bring my wife and kids there that this unique and beautiful place still has the right habitat and that the Orcas are still thriving.


Jason said...

Kinda sad that you/we have to worry about whether a habitat will still be right for the Orcas in a few years or less.

Recovered from Frostbike?


gNAT said...

Yeah, you are so right Jason. It is sad. I was afraid to write that but I do believe that there is some probability that that habitat won't be the same when I return.

Recovered from Frostbike? Well, not really. I'm finally taking a day off tomorrow after 16 days of work. Before anyone calls me out on the # of days, I know 2 of them involved riding. Yes, it's true, but I was working in California.