Walking 1.5 miles with stops. Getting on/off van or bus. Embarking on an ocean vessel for a 4-hour tour. In preparation of the ocean boat ride, we recommend getting a good night’s sleep, no alcohol the night before, eating a good dinner and breakfast, dress in warm layers as ocean conditions are cooler, and bring sunglasses, sunscreen, hats, and binoculars. To prevent seasickness people may wish to take medication; we recommend over the counter non-drowsy Dramamine taken with breakfast.
Dining Room buffet.
Group departs for boat trip. Learn about this worldwide destination for pelagic birding and whale watching from expert biologists and sea captains. A 6000 ft deep submarine canyon, running down the middle of Monterey Bay, creates cold-water up-wellings that are rich in nutrients and foster an incredible diversity of seabirds and cetaceans. Just a few miles from shore one can observe pelagic seabirds that travel across both the hemisphere and ocean to feed in the bountiful waters of Monterey. There are many types of seabirds found in Monterey Bay including many species of Loons, Grebes, Albatrosses, Petrels, Shearwaters, Terns, Murrelets, and Auklets. Specific seabird sighting possibilities may include Sooty Shearwater, Pink-footed Shearwater, Ashy Storm Petrel, Black-footed Albatross, Surf Scoter, Red-breasted Merganser, Pomarine and Parasitic Jaegers, South Polar Skua, Tufted Puffin, Common Tern, Arctic Tern, Red-necked and Red Phalaropes, Cassin’s Auklet and Rhinoceros Auklet. Marine mammal sighting possibilities may include Humpback and Blue whales, which migrate to central California and Monterey Bay to feed in summer and fall, a multitude of Dolphin species, Sea Otters, Sea Lions, seals, and Orcas.
In the field, we’ll have sack lunches prepared by Hidden Valley’s kitchen with fresh greens, a protein, fruit, and water.
Continue birding along the Monterey Bay coastline looking for rocky shorebirds and more near shore seabird species. Sighting possibilities may include sandpipers, Surfbird, Black Turnstone, Wandering Tattler, Sanderlings, Black-Bellied Plovers, Western Grebes, Pacific Loons, Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants, Gulls, Common Murres, and Surf and White-Winged Scoters.
Dining Room buffet.
A local winemaker or vineyardist will join us in the Dining Room for an introductory class to learn about new wines, the process that goes into producing them, and ultimately experience them through a tasting. Carmel Valley is perhaps the most distinct of the seven appellations comprising Monterey County’s diverse wineries; of these, Carmel Valley is perhaps the most distinct. Nestled in the Santa Lucia foothills, our summers yield exceptional Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other red varietals.