Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Surfs Up on a Whale Tale
Winter break: What's the first thing that comes to your mind? Hanging out with friends and playing games? Going to parties and watching TV? It probably isn't spending time at the beach surfing and whale watching - especially for those of you living in Canada! But those two activities were some fo the highlights of my break.
The Rebitzer/Arfins - Mimi, Bobby, Elana, and Maya - joined us when we entered La Cruz, a small town near Puerto Vallarta. A few days later, we sailed up north to Punta Mita. We anchored and went to shore. There were multiple surf schools, and one with fluent English speaking instructors. All the kids wanted to surf and the dads too, so we got surfing lessons for the next day.
Here's a funny fact: The day we had our surfing lessons, our very first surfing lessons, it was the biggest surf day of the year! But it was awesome. I had a blast! I rode a lot of waves in and stood up a few times. Once I rode a wave all the way into shore standing up. It was so cool! Harrison rode them in a lot too. Almost everyone in our group got up!
After our lesson, we went straight back to the boat because we were right next to he breaking point so the waves were giant. We raised the anchor and we left. About an hour later, my dad started shouting, "Oh my God!" Everyone went to go see what he saw. There was a whale. It wasn't the first time we'd seen a whale. We'd seen a school of whales. But this whale was right next to us. I think it was 5 feet away, Dad said it was 15 feet away. But the bottom line is that you're supposed to be 250 feet away from a whale to be safe. The entire back and tail came off the water as the whale dove down under our boat without making a splash. You could see the barnacles, it was that close!
I hope that we gave the Rebitzer/Arfins a trip to remember! I'll never forget that day!