Not wanting to waste a perfect day, I drove to the coast and resumed walking on some of the trails I hiked last week. It was actually warm in the sunshine, and memories of LA and San Diego filled my head.
The highlight of the day came after work. I drove back to the parking lot and walked some more along the coast. I saw a man on his balcony looking out towards the ocean with a scope.
"Is there anything out there?" I asked.
"Oh yeah," He replied. "There are several whales migrating south."
Sure enough, I could see the plumes of ocean spray shooting out of the whale's blowholes reflecting in the sunlight, along with a tail from time to time. It was a magnificent sight. It also was the first time I've ever seen whales in the wild. (Click on picture to see plume)