Sunday Sevens #57

It’s Sunday again, so time for another #sundaysevens – the brainchild of Nat at Thread and Bobbins. Sunday sevens is about posting seven photos of snippets of your personal week. However this week my Sunday Sevens covers two weeks since I’ve been away on holiday

  1. For the last two weeks we’ve been in California. First we headed for Monterey. The highlight of Monterey was our truly awesome whale watching trip. We did the same trip ten years ago and never saw a single whale! This year we were surrounded by 30 – 40 whales as well as hundreds of dolphins and seabirds. Stupidly, although we’d remembered the binoculars, I’d left our camera at home in England. However, with them popping up and down without notice, they weren’t so easy to catch and it would have been easy to have lost the magic of the experience spending too much time trying to get a good shot.

Whale's Tail Monterey

2. After Monterey we headed for the amazing scenery of Yosemite National Park.

Glacier Point Yosemite
Totally blown away by the view at Glacier Point.

3. Our final stop was Santa Barbara for some rest and relaxation.

Santa Barbara

4. And, as if Yosemite and the Whales weren’t amazing enough, remember the film Big? We found Zoltar – unfortunately he didn’t magically make me 32 years old.

Zoltar Monterey

5. But even more amazing than that, I went for a ride on a Harley with a sea otter…

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And finally, my best experience – equalled only by having lunch with Lovely Youngest enroute back home…

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I may be looking just a we bit tired after a ten hour flight and no sleep for goodness know long.

7. My best experience was, of course, being reunited with Mr Hicks.

Hicks

Nothing beats a doggie welcome home 🙂

Hope you’ve had a great week!

Bekki Hill

52 thoughts on “Sunday Sevens #57

    1. Absolutely – although I so didn’t want to leave him with all the recent health tests being inconclusive and his skin allergy has remerged with greater force – but I do have a wonderful lady who looks after him and she also has three girlies dogs who he loves.

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  1. So you have been traveling too?! How lovely, Yosemite is on our list! We had great whale watching in a zodiac in Nova Scotia…the whales were so close, it was so beautiful I was crying! And indeed…isn’t coming home equally sweet? xo Johanna

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    1. I would totally recommend the whale watching – along with several other things – some of which we didn’t even do this time, because we wanted a more relaxing holiday. The problem with the whales is it can be pretty hit and miss. As I said in my post we didn’t see a single whale on the same trip ten years ago. However this year there are a lot of whales in Monterey, so we were practically guaranteed. But the marine biologist pointed out this was unusual. So if you specifically want whales, maybe there is somewhere in the world more guaranteed? I don’t know – just a thought.

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  2. Love that you rode a Harley with a Sea Otter! I’ve been whale watching in Canada and it was such an amazing experience. I’d love to do it again. Saw Sea Otters too. 🙂 Its wonderful being reunited with pets and Mr Hicks certainly looks happy to see you. 🙂

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    1. Sorry to hear about the sea sickness. If it’s something you always suffer from, have you tried sucking ginger sweets? One woman on the boat was, as she had been advised they help and she said it was the first time she hadn’t felt sick on a boat trip.

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  3. Awesome photos, Bekki. I had no idea you were even away from home. You obviously had a fantastic holiday The ‘whale’ experience must have been wonderful, and Yosemite looks simply stunning. And to finish with, that lovely photos of you with your youngest daughter – and, of course, Mr. Hicks. I must admit, I had a chuckle at you knitting beside the swimming pool. Have you changed your name to Miss Marple yet?

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      1. Ah yes, almost as if she wasn’t really knitting 😉 Funny you mentioned Miss Marple yesterday, as art the tiem I was drafting a post where I was being slightly detective, but after your comment it seems to have grown into a full blown detective story :-).

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  4. Hi Bekki! I have been wanting to comment on this post for days! Years ago, I went whale watching, and it was an amazing experience for me because I am fascinated by marine biology. Before getting on the boat that morning, I made a decision that I would leave my camera behind. The reason was that I wanted to really be in the moment, rather than trying to capture the moment. I figured that, if I took my camera, I would probably wind up with a bunch of so-so pictures, while looking through the lens and thinking about the camera rather than really breathing the air, looking at the colours, the shimmering water and the glistening backs of the whales. That day, we saw dolphins, sea lions, birds, and yes, even several whales. When we returned to shore, I knew that I had made the right decision. I just wanted to share that memory. 🙂 Sounds like a great couple of weeks! Makes me want to go whale watching again. Take care and enjoy the weekend.

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    1. Hello! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to tell me that. The other day I was thinking about not having taken my camera and what I might have caught if I had, but you’re right. Even the short time I used my phone camera ‘took away’ from the experience. Also it was great having the binoculars – especially being able to see a huge pod of more than 100 dolphins, which we couldn’t see well with the naked eye. But all in all the magic came from the time we were watching with our eyes and just ‘being’ with them. Thanks again. You take good care too xx

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