(16.06.2011 - thursday)
We leave Burlington in the morning and come to Bellingham, where the ships leave for San Juan Island. We come to the port that we found from the Internet, and buy our tickets for whale watch. We leave ourselves to the cold water of Pacific at 9:30. We start seeing the sea lions as we start the sail. But the main aim is to see killer whale.
If you had read our Florida trip, you’d remember. We saw Shamu, the killer whale, when we went to Sea World in Orlando. Now, we’d like to see Shamu’s family in their natural habitat with a recommendation of our classmate.
Finally, we see three of them, orcas the killer whales, in front of us. We follow them around one hour. We think they are showing off to us, but of course they were hunting. We are lucky because there were no other ships around while we were following them. Captain says this is a seldom event, and he says there were days that they couldn’t see any whales and went back. It is possible to see the whales between April and October.
We get off the ship at San Juan Island for a lunch break. It is a small and lovely island. Because of the time constraint, we walk a little on the island.
We take some photos and after we go back to the ship. We eat lunch at the ship, which is included in the ticket price.
We pass by another island on the way back. The captain says this island belongs to one of the richest families of the USA. The airport at the island tells us how rich they are.
Afterwards we reach to Bellingham, and come to our motorcycle. And my phone rings. The voice on the phone is my classmate from secondary school in Turkey. She lives in Seattle right now. She knew we were coming, but she didn’t call until now. So, we were about to pass Seattle if she didn’t invite us. We arrive at Seattle after one hour and meet her. We were like we left each other yesterday. After all those fast foods, we eat the delicious homemade food she prepared for us. Then she convinces us to stay one more night after some chat tonight. So we are here for tomorrow as well…
End of day 9