Avoiding Crisis

call me Ishmael

with 7 comments

After 16 hours on the road, we finally arrived at our destination. We were elated. As we settled in for our first night, our elation turned to panic. Somehow we had put out of our minds, far far out of our consciousness, the fact that to see what we had come for — whales — would require at least another hours drive. And that for the next two days we would still be spending most of our time on the road.

The last thing we wanted to do was get back in the car. Yet, the morning came, and in the car we went.

With map in hand we knew that in route to Peninsula Valdes, our ultimate destination for the day, we would be able to do some coastal whale watching. We followed along a dirt road that hugged the coastline keeping our eyes on the ocean for signs. Signs of what? Of whales obviously. But since I had never seen a whale before, aside from Shamu in Sea World, I didn’t even know what one would look for if trying to spot a whale swimming in the ocean.

I let my mind wonder.

The scenery was breathtaking. The ethereal view and absolute vastness of the ocean overwhelming.


Then, suddenly, my daydream of sailing upon the calm ocean waters was abruptly interrupted by a a very loud “Over There! Look!” and the sound of my shoulder being slammed into the car door as my husband quickly turned the wheel and headed for the beach.

Not even 20 minutes into our adventure and already we would be rewarded.


That there, my dear friends, is a whale. To be a bit more specific, it is a Southern Right Whale.

So after about 15 minutes of being completely mesmerized by the sight of a whale — even in the distance — we were quickly reminded that we had two little kids that just didn’t get what the big deal was about. At least not yet. To them, it looked like a small black thing floating in the water. We needed to get a closer look.

So back on the road we headed.


And soon my thoughts of the vastness and beauty of the sea were replaced by the vastness and beauty of the land.


and the true magnificence of nature.

Then, without warning, my shoulder and the door connect with a loud thump, the kids were in the back laughing and yelling “Daddy! Daddy! Do that again!” We were heading for the beach.

As the water came into clearer view, we saw this.


and this.


and this.


and then finally this.


and then, somehow, in one simple but breathtakingly graceful movement of a whale diving and lifting its tail, in that very moment, driving 16 hours was well worth it.

…and the adventure continues.


Written by nicolemarie

October 4, 2007 at 4:41 pm

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  1. Oh wow! That really is breathtaking.


    October 4, 2007 at 6:19 pm

  2. Hi Ishmael! What austere beauty this landscape, and these are great photos. My breath paused on looking at the whales. There is something so magical in spotting a living creature moving about its environment, even so much as a glimpse of fin, a lift of tail or the sounds of it’s passage. Your little ones must have been thrilled to see this. They’ss be talking about this a lot inthe near future. :-)G


    October 4, 2007 at 7:29 pm

  3. Ahhh! I can’t wait to get our car and hit the road! Those pictures are amazing!


    October 4, 2007 at 9:06 pm

  4. Phenomenal photos – you are quite the photographer. Also, what an amazing experience!



    October 4, 2007 at 11:46 pm

  5. WOW! I have always wanted to see that!


    October 5, 2007 at 6:45 am

  6. SD – it’s not that hard to take amazing photos when you are surrounded by absolute beauty. though i really do enjoy taking photos – it’s become a bit of a hobby these days.


    October 5, 2007 at 9:19 am

  7. -nicole
    You’re right, it’s always easier when the scenery is right. However, it’s evident you have an eye for it. I also have a love for photography and been aspiring to be an “Ansel Adams” – we’ll see how close I can get 🙂



    October 5, 2007 at 2:59 pm

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