First off, let me say that it was quite an experience!! The northern California coast is very cold and the water is very choppy. We were on a small boat and the swells were 6 feet high so we got tossed around quite a bit.
Here's a picture of the marina at Monterey Bay
Here's a fishing boat with some sea lions in front of it as we were heading out....
Local birds catching some sun!
Now, we are heading out to sea..... see the land in the distance
And further out, you can still see the shadow of land in the distance.
And even further out (We sailed out for over an hour!) No land in sight!
We finally spot a whale!
Yea.. .see the whale's tale!! It was very hard to get pictures because the boat was rocking so much! We also saw a school of dolphins!!! They were my favorite. They bow-rode the ship, which means they gathered on either side of the bow and kept up with the ship's speed, swimming along and leaping out of the sea. Unfortunately I didn't get any pictures of them.. but it was so COOL!
Heading back now... we found this buoy inhabited by Sea Lions!
We had a wonderful time!