WP_20141111_15_23_27_Pro__highres   I can’t remember the last time I’ve been out on a boat. A boat that was moving, at least. I think it must have been the Manly ferry and that was a loooong time ago now. I don’t really remember having feelings of excitement or anything remotely memorable either. So when our homeschooling group decided to book the Cat Balou in Eden for a whale watching trip I wasn’t overly excited, to be honest. I knew Lew would love it and that was my motivation  to go but I never thought it would be something I’d overly enjoy.   WP_20141111_11_43_38_Pro   So wrong, was I!   WP_20141111_11_54_30_Pro   It was so unexplainably fantastic. Just being out on that boat with the wind in my hair {and me gagging with it being swept into  my mouth! Yum. } and nothing but ocean and blue skies and gorgeous coast line and smiling kids and happy mums and dad {Jason:)} ….it was magical.   WP_20141111_11_57_02_Pro   From the moment I stepped out onto the deck of the boat I felt this amazing rush of tranquillity. I can’t explain it. It was exhilarating and calming all at once. Looking out into the horizon with only ocean to be seen is the weirdest feeling. There’s nowhere to go, nowhere to be, nowhere in sight, just deep blue sea and cloudy blue skies.   WP_20141111_14_06_16_Pro__highres   I haven’t felt so relaxed in so, so long.   WP_20141111_12_13_20_Pro__highres   At that moment I really couldn’t have cared if we’d seen whales or not. The experience of the boat was enough for me. And watching the kids, with their windswept hair and smiles on their faces was all the entertainment required.   WP_20141111_13_06_16_ProWP_20141111_12_35_47_Pro   Until we came across a school of dolphins playing around. How cute are dolphins? It seemed like they became more and more playful the closer we got to them. The woman giving the spiel on the microphone told us to start clapping and cheering. The moment we did the dolphins started leaping out of the water and then all of a sudden they were swimming alongside the boat and then right in front of the boat. It was a Flipper moment, that’s for sure. Faster than lightning they so are. Did you watch Flipper when you were a kidlet? Are you as old as me? Then you’d remember the theme song. Very cute. WP_20141111_13_46_34_ProWP_20141111_13_46_20_Pro__highres   The excitement of seeing the dolphins gave us a huge motivation then to spot a whale. We were on the hunt. WP_20141111_11_58_37_Pro   But not a whale in sight. We saw lots of albatross and mutton birds and a seal or two. But no whales. Our time was almost up but the owners of the Cat Balou were determined to find us a whale so they asked us if we would be happy to extend the trip and go further out where there could be more of a chance at spotting something. As you can imagine, we were keen.   WP_20141111_13_47_35_Pro   And then we spotted something. A bigger splash than anything we’d witnessed so far. A hint of white below the water.    WP_20141111_13_55_42_Pro   And there it was. A tiny little blob. A whale. Can you see it? Squint.   WP_20141111_13_55_17_Pro   The excitement on that boat was huge. The kids and mainly me were yelling and yahing with great gusto. The boat crept quietly closer to the tiny blob. Me and my mouth that seems to say too much when I’m a little over excited, exclaimed how much tinier the whale looked compared to what I’d imagined. I could see Lew cringing, wishing I would be a little less chatty and a lot more ….quiet and perhaps for a Jonah moment.   WP_20141111_14_01_37_Pro   And then the whale gave us a little wave.   WP_20141111_14_01_48_Pro   And a massive  swish of it’s tail. It no longer resembled a tiny blob! Humongous! And these were only smallish humpbacks!   WP_20141111_14_01_48_Pro__highres    Amazing! There were two, in the end, playing around the boat. We could hear there whaley noise as they came up for air and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Such a cool, cool thing to experience. Words just don’t do it justice.   And then it was time to head back to the wharf.   WP_20141111_14_07_59_Pro__highres   A school of dolphins gave us a huge display. One after the other they jumped out of the water like something you’d see at Sea World. It was like they’d been set up or something. So awesome. And not one of us got sea sick which was an absolute bonus.   Such a fun day. I can’t wait to do it again next year.   Have you ever been whale watching? If not, you’ve gotta do it. You’ll love it!   Kim x   WP_20141111_14_03_01_Pro