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Am so excited as our first big snowfall has just happened north of the US border near Toronto. As usual, will meet delightful, inquisitive, story-telling companions for this adventure! So looking forward to it. Feb.5-15 so we need to be creative about celebrating Valentine's Day. ;-)

Sheila Bracken Dec 02, 2014 at 10:34 AM

Hi Linda:
I was on this trip mid February....light weight jacket good, but make sure it has a hood - or take a scarf. The boat gets windy and a bit chilly...That extra layer helped. I never needed gloves.
No dressy clothes needed. Everything very casual. We never stayed in the desert for an entire day, so again layer your clothing. Good walking shoes a must.
We walked to town for dinner one night, and when we came back it was PITCH black. The skies were heavenly, but luckily someone had a small travel flashlight so we could see the pot holes.
Linda Smith Dec 02, 2014 at 03:06 PM

Hi Shella, It is so nice to have people to check in with about how to prepare! When you say light weight jacket, will a nylon windbreaker suffice, or will I need something more substantial? I am assuming layers under. Thanks again...really looking forward to this! Linda
Sheila Bracken Dec 02, 2014 at 03:27 PM

Hi Linda:
Sheila Bracken Dec 02, 2014 at 03:30 PM

Sheila Bracken Dec 02, 2014 at 03:34 PM

maybe third time will be a charm. Don't know why my post keeps delleting itself. My light weight jacket is a London Fog short jacket. I layered it with a sweater under and a nylon rain jacket over it. This was while on the boat. Remember it is a small boat, 12 passenmger and open to the wind. I would rather be safe than sorry, and knew I could take off a layer if need be.
Linda Smith Dec 02, 2014 at 03:36 PM

That helps a bunch! Thanks so much!

Linda Smith Dec 01, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Hi, I just signed up for the Feb. 8 trip. I am wondering about clothing to take for trip. I am reading layers, sweater, lt.wt.jacket, scarf, gloves, waders....any more suggestions? Shorts/jeans/capri's, anything dressy? I'm so excited. Thanks!
Mary Conwell Dec 01, 2014 at 01:13 PM

I went a little later than you, but did well with just shorts, lightweight pants and t-shirts or lightweight long-sleeve shirts. I did have a light jacket, but no need for scarves or gloves. As for shoes, you just need shoes you can wade in the water with as one day the tide was out in the lagoon when we returned and the boat could not come all the way to the dock. All meals were very casual. Have fun - it's an amazing experience.

Beatriz Donatelli Oct 03, 2014 at 05:30 PM

WOW! Looks like lots of nice travelers on our March 11, 2015 trip to the whales. My friend Susie and I can't wait to go and meet new friends. Thx. for all the good info, keep it coming. : )

Mary Conwell Aug 20, 2014 at 01:22 PM

Yes I touched many whales. They are so amazing. It is unreal to have a 40 ton mammal beneath your boat and another 20 ton baby swimming alongside. Be sure to ask a friend in another boat to take a picture for you because it is hard to get photos of the people in your own boat since you are all leaning over the side.
Carol Sinclair Aug 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

I can hardly wait :)

Carol Sinclair Aug 20, 2014 at 09:39 AM

Hi I just booked this trip for 3/11/15. Snagged the final single slot :).

I have a couple of questions about the trip. Some many knowledgeable people here and I've had many questions answered just reading the posts!
Anyway here are my questions. 1-Are there mosquitoes? 2-Did you get typhoid and Hep A boosters? 3-How safe is the food? Should I bring protein bars? 4-Water shoes are just lightweight, dry quickly rubber soled shoes to use for walking to the boats on rocks, shells, correct?
That's all for now :). I hope to meet some of you in March!
Mary Conwell Aug 20, 2014 at 01:05 PM

Carol - lucky you. You will have an awesome time. Here are my answers based on my experience last March. 1-no mosquitos 2-I did not get a typhoid shot and my Hep A was pretty current 3- no problems whatsoever with the food; all really nice restaurants and bottled water. Our guide had snacks for us but if you want protein bars, bring them along. I had some trail mix for the bus rides; 4- There was one occasion on the whale outings that we had to wade ashore due to low tides (shin high water) so you will need some shoes which can get wet. Have fun!
Carol Sinclair Aug 20, 2014 at 01:18 PM

Thanks so much Mary! Everyone that takes this trip seems to be very happy with it. I hope you got to touch a whale. Did you?
Sheila Bracken Aug 21, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Hi Carol: My friend Karen and I are also on the March 11 trip. This will be my second whale adventure, cause Karen took me up on my comment that it was so awesome, I'd do it again in a heartbeat! As Mary said, no mosquitos, did not do anything with Hep vaccine..make sure tetanus is up to date, but not necessarity for this trip. Distilled water distributed on the bus...bring your own water bottle and they will refill it as you need. Again, Mary answered your questin about water shoes...crocks work well. The bus ride down the coast is long, but beautiful scenery. Reading material is important, but they do show videos and comment on the culture. Again, Mary's advice about having someone in the other boats take your picture with the whale encounter. That is by far the best photo I have of my last trip. Taking snacks for the bus ride is good....protein bars....I had peanuts, but they keep us well fed, and safely. The hotels are clean, water safe...but cool and damp. Do bring warm PJ's. Looing forward to meeting you in March!
Carol Sinclair Aug 21, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Thanks Sheila, good info. So glad you are back for more, that indicates a really good trip :). It is a long wait until we go but sounds worth it! I look forward to meeting you and Karen as well.
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Aug 26, 2014 at 12:22 PM

Sheila, Was it necessary to have Peso's on this trip? We like a drink with or before dinner. Not into buying souviners.
Mary Conwell Aug 26, 2014 at 12:27 PM

I did not need pesos - used my credit card.
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Aug 26, 2014 at 02:50 PM

Thanks Mary, that's what I was hoping to do.
Sheila Bracken Aug 26, 2014 at 09:47 PM

I used my credit card as well...but I did exchange American dollars for pesos before the trip. Came in handy in the smaller towns, where they would prefer cash. Don't forget about buying Mexican vanilla!
Carol Sinclair Aug 27, 2014 at 06:28 AM

Thanks for the pesos info. I was figuring I'd get some from the MAC when we cross the border and take small denomination US bills with me also.

Sheila Bracken May 21, 2014 at 10:05 AM

When I came back from this AWESOME whale experiencing I said that I'd go back in a heartbeat. One of my friends took me up on that...We are scheduled to go Mid March 2015. Just as excited as last time!!!
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Aug 03, 2014 at 06:42 PM

We are on the March 11, 2015 trip. Is this the one you are on?
Sheila Bracken Aug 03, 2014 at 07:59 PM

yes it is. We plan on flying in the day before the program starts.
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Aug 03, 2014 at 09:51 PM

Glad we can chat with someone experiened in this trip. We plan on flying in 2 days prior.
Sheila Bracken Aug 04, 2014 at 12:27 PM

We did that last time around. Since it was the first time in San Diego, it was worth the extra days. We did the harbor boat tour, and the on-off bus tour that took us to Coronado. Wonderful beginning to a great adventure!
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Aug 08, 2014 at 07:51 AM

We spent 4 days in San Diego a few years ago. Went to the zoo and did a DUCK tour.
Carol Sinclair Aug 20, 2014 at 09:25 AM

Hi Ladies! I just snagged the last 3/11/15 single slot. I'll be coming in the day before. Maybe we can meet for a cup of coffee :). I've visited San Diego twice before so I've seen all the sights already. There is a lot of fine places to visit if you've never been before.
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Aug 26, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Carol, that's sounds good. I just booked our flight to San Diego. We arrive on the 9th.
Carol Sinclair Aug 27, 2014 at 06:22 AM

Wow Mary you booked flights? They will most likely change this far out unless it is a regularly scheduled flight.
Carol Sinclair Aug 27, 2014 at 06:24 AM

I still have a trip to Arg/Chile this year if it fills....fingers crossed. So have a hefty tour bill plus airfare coming up. If it is cancelled I will go somewhere else, LOL. So either way I won't book flight until Dec or Jan.
Mary Lou Tenenbaum Sep 01, 2014 at 12:57 PM

We've had good luck with prices booking in advance. The only time we had a major schedule change was flying to Anchorage this summer. We had United club passes so hung out in their lounge for 7 hours in Chicago.

Mary Conwell Mar 12, 2014 at 03:01 PM

I am on the trip starting on March 23. Any advice from past participants about clothing? How warm was it in the desert? What sort of temperatures on the water? Did you really get to pat a whale?
Sheila Bracken Mar 12, 2014 at 05:11 PM

Hi Mary:
Sheila Bracken Mar 12, 2014 at 05:16 PM

I took this trip last January, and LOVED it. Layer your was warm in the desert, especially climbing up to see the painted caves. Lightweight jacket with sweater beneath took care of ebeing on the water. There were 12 in our boat, and 6 got to tough a whale...I was inches from one, but she ducked. For the best picture taking....arrange with someone from the other boat to aim at your boat, and you do the same. That way you'll get a picture of you reaching out to the whale. That was by far the best picture I have of that trip. Bring lots of reading material for the long bus ride, but do enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Linda Brindley Mar 12, 2014 at 08:47 PM

Hi Mary, as below in the comment chain, I did this trip last Feb. and loved it. Yes, you really get to touch a whale. I was a bit nervous at first but the baby whales come right up to the boats-you will not believe it. Excellent advice from Sheila about the photographing. And it was freezing on the water. I wore almost all my clothes. Take gloves and a scarf. Have fun and please post when you get back home! Cheers, Linda

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