Newport Beach: All Watching, No Whales

Today, I decided to take le kid whale watching in Newport Beach. He loves marine life and I figured it would be a good way to end the year with yet another adventure. Despite living in L.A. my entire life, I’d never been whale watching, so after I peeped a deal for $20 tickets, I decided to jump on it.

Le kid and I arrived in Newport Beach at about 2pm to take the last cruise of the day. I figured it might be a little cold, so I brought along a really warm sweater. Although it was a little cool, it was bright and sunny outside, so I thought we’d have a beautiful trip.

And we did…for a while. We boarded the boat (which was packed!), and le kid was all smiles. He talked up a storm as we jetted through the ocean, pointing out birds and using our rented binoculars.

Our ocean jaunt started off quite promising as we spotted several bottle-nose dolphins and some seals (or sea lions, I always mix them up). Everyone excitedly crowded to the side of the boat to snap pictures and shoot video of the dolphins. Le kid yelled excitedly, and I was hopeful we’d see some whales.

As we ventured further into the Pacific, the weather got VERY cold and the sun disappeared behind the clouds. Immediately there was a huge patch of fog, and I began to get a little worried that we wouldn’t see any whales. Le munchkin found a seat (and almost fell asleep), while I kept watch for the whales.

(See what I mean!)

Although we didn’t spot any…and being on the ocean was FREEZING…riding the waves was very peaceful. I marveled at the vastness of the ocean and the tranquil nature of it all. I’ve always loved the water, but believe it or not, I’ve never been that far out on a boat. It was beautiful and I’m definitely doing it again (and on a lager scale, cruise anyone?).

Because we didn’t spot any whales and because it was such a foggy day, the company–Newport Landing Whale Watching–gave everyone free passes to return for another trip (and because I’m so nice & chatted with a woman from New Mexico who was leaving tonight, she gave me hers as well. Score!). I really appreciated the free passes because le kid and I were bummed we didn’t get to see any whales. So we’ll definitely be back for another shot at seeing them!

Have you ever been whale watching? 

Welcome to the ride…

Do you love to travel, but don’t have the time or money to trapse around the world?

Welcome to my life!

My name is Britni Danielle and I’m a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and editor. I recently got back from my first trip to London and I’m totally in love. Not only did I have a WONDERFUL time, but I’ve officially been bitten by the travel bug.

Unfortunately, my finances haven’t quite caught up with my desire to travel the world (soon come, though), but in the meantime I’ll be hitting many of the interesting spots in my local area, and squeezing in fun excursions as they happen.

So, sit back, relax and ride with me as I set about seeing the world one long weekend at a time.

Where do you love to travel on the weekend?