Whale Watching - EXPEDITION 2
Hi North Bay Explorers:
IMPORTANT MESSAGE: This is Expedition 2 of the original Whale Watching event from March 24 which due to weather had to be postponed one day and split up to accommodate the large group of participants. If you weren't able to attend Expedition 1, sign up and enjoy the warmer weather, wild flowers and whale mothers with calves making their journey North.
The expedition will lead us to an exceptionally beautiful corner of West Marin which also offers spectacular viewing of the annual Northern gray whale migration without actually having to set foot on a boat:-) Point Reyes!
"Engaging in the longest migration of any mammal, the California gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) swims 16,000 kilometers (10,000 miles) each year, spending about one third of its life migrating from the cold, nutrient-rich waters of Alaska, to the warm, shallow lagoons of Baja California. Along the way, these incredible animals can often be seen from the shores of Point Reyes. Jutting 16 kilometers Protected content into the Pacific Ocean, the headlands of the Point Reyes Peninsula offer one of the finest spots to view the gray whale!"
So here is our plan: we will meet at 12:00 the LATEST at the entrance of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drake's Beach. I will display an IN sign and my signature "Indiana Jones hat":-) This is at least a 1 h 30 min drive from San Francisco, so plan on leaving no later than 10:15 from the city (there is weak or no cell phone service out there, so communication will be difficult in the area). The road to Point Reyes will be closed for public traffic, so we will take shuttle buses ($7.00 tickets to be purchased on site) that run every Protected content for a 20 min ride to the lighthouse. At 1:30 there will be a public presentation by a State Park Ranger about the whales, other wildlife and their habitat which you can attend if interested. We should spend about Protected content around the lighthouse area to spot the whales (Last expedition the Ranger said that had Protected content whale sightings. Mothers with calves should pass by in early April, i.e this weekend. (Please note that the whales are not always easy to spot. Bring binoculars if possible) After that we will move on to Chimney Rock where we can take a short hike Protected content to see the amazing wild flowers or to the view point with the always magnificent and entertaining elephant seals and their pups. After that we'll return by shuttle to our cars at the Drakes Beach parking lot.
Please bring your own box lunch at your leisure, since we might not have the time and space for a large picnic this time.
BTW, did I mention that it will be wild flower season then, so don't forget your camera:-)
Regarding transportation, if you are a driver or are looking for a ride please go to our ride sharing app posted below by Ari to get into a car pool. (Drivers, please post your empty seats for people needing a ride)
I look forward to seeing old friends and acquaintances and also meeting some new members. Come and join this fun group! Everybody is welcome and it only takes one time to become an insider and friend of this smaller circle and comfortably personal group. Last event we had about 35 people from Protected content having a great time. We'll have an exciting program this year, and it's just starting:-)
PS: depending on participation and mood I'll invite everyone for the usual after-party at my houseboat in Sausalito (if you play an instrument or can sing, bring it on and be ready for some Karaoke fun:-))
Any questions please e-mail me or post on board. I will post more info as we get closer. Look forward to meeting everyone:-)
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