So... the start of my day began with me driving to the pool to get my swim workout in. Changing in the locker room and realizing I have no goggles... so I get dressed again and get back in the truck and drive back to the house. Still can't find my goggles so I grab the backup pair. (See! This is why I pack so much!) Drive back to the pool and start my workout. Hmmm... I can see why these are the backup pair. They kind of suck and they leak. Ugh. My swim workout today was in a word. Crap. I was tired, my shoulders hurt and the more I tried the more I felt like I was pushing too hard and it just wasn't going to come. My balance and body position were way off. I did the best I could and salvaged what I could by using a pull buoy and working on arm technique. I doubt I managed 800 yards in total today. Probably more like 600. It sucked, and I was exhausted and it was the direct result of swimming three days in a row again. When will I ever learn? So I gave up and went home.
Then the good part of the day started. My friends and I went for a driving tour of the island where we saw all kinds of amazing wildlife today... starting with foxes, deer, bald eagles, and ending with my favorite... Orcas! Lots and lots of Orcas! We stopped at a few different parks today to watch the pods of Orcas swimming around the western side of the island. All of the photos below are taken from shore. They actually get quite close. Its amazing how beautifull these creatures are. I love them so much. It really does bring insane amounts of joy to my heart to see them in the wild. I can't explain it (and certainly not in my current state of drunken sugar buzz), but they really are the world's most magestic animals. They have a stronger sense of family than even we do, and children stay with their mothers for life except when they leave to mate. They travel in large family units called Pods and we saw two different pods today. All I can say further is that seeing them brings such joy to me. I feel like a kid on Christmas morning when the first dorsal fin clears the water and you see them for the first time. The sound of them breathing as they swim by has to be heard to be understood, but it brings such a sense of wonder and amazement to me. So here are some pics of today's sightings. I have a TON of Orca pics so here are just a few highlights... these haven't been edited yet... but its a quick look.
Here are a couple of shots of the resident fox population that lives near one of the island's beaches.