San Jose, California
Whale Watching Day Trip II
The Monterey Bay Submarine Canyon is close to the shore, allowing deep water species of whales, dolphins, and seabirds to occur near the coast. These waters are an extremely productive feeding area for many whales and dolphins. Shallow water species, such as the Gray Whale, migrate close to shore in the narrow shelf. This unique Canyon makes Monterey Bay one of the best places in the world to see these magnificent creatures. The Gray Whales start their journey from the north as far as the Bering Sea in early December and travel along our coastline on their way to the winter breeding grounds in Baja California. Killer Whales can be spotted in the Monterey Bay year round. These highly intelligent top predators periodically cruise along the canyons edge.
From San Jose and San Francisco [from north]: Take Hwy 101 south, take Hwy 156 West [sign: Monterey Peninsula], take Hwy 1 South exit [sign: Pacific Grove]. This veers right into Del Monte Ave.; Fisherman's Wharf is 1.5 miles on right. The most convenient parking is right at the Wharf but can cost between $12.00 and $15.00. Try to carpool. Once at the wharf continue toward the south end or old Fisherman's Wharf. We will meet at the end of the Old Wharf in front of Sam's Fishing Fleet and check in at 9:30 AM. Travel time from San Jose is about 90 minutes. Please be on time for this boat needs to be on schedule.
Our trip starts out leaving the wharf on a 70 foot touring vessel. The trip will take place rain or shine so come prepared for the worst. The Monterey Bay is typically calm in January, however storms can often cause for very rough seas. If the winds are too high the trip will postpone. An early morning phone call to our host Tom L., between 7:00am and 8:00am will confirm the trip is on or postponed. His number is 408-375-1383. If we do postpone we will try again the following Saturday, January 21st. We will refund 100% of the boat fee if we don't make it out the second time. The trip will last 3 to 4 hours, depending on the sightings. The trip back to the wharf is about an hour and there is a closed cabin for our meeting. It will be a bit cozy with 70 people but we can do it. This will be a great time for warm coffee and snacks, so if we bring enough warm containers of coffee there will be plenty to share.
In order for us to be able to make trips like this we need to ask everyone interested to pay in advance, and from the reaction we are getting from our members this trip will sell out early. It's real simple to get on board, just contact our treasurer Janet S. and pay her the $25.00 boat fee. It is our policy not to turn away newcomers, so if you are a newcomer and can't afford this trip please let us know. There are still a few tickets available as of 12/19/05, and we will continue to accept reservations until the 70 person limit is reached. There will be no refunds unless the trip cancels due to bad weather.
Some of the hazards on this trip will be getting wet and cold, so this can be avoided by bringing along waterproof boots, rain pants, rain jacket with a wool or synthetic fiber sweater that will stay warm if it gets wet, and waterproof gloves. A waterproof camera is suggested. Try eating a light breakfast of solid food with not much liquid. Bring some snacks and bottled water along. There is no food or beverages for sale on the boat. If you think you are going to get sick while on the boat, please don't use the rest room. Go to the back of the boat and do it. You won't be alone, and most will like to get it over with so they can enjoy the rest of the trip. The restrooms are for other things.