We rode along groves of mangroves and beautiful sand dunes, watching for whales and birds. Not long after we got into the main part of the bay, we saw a momma gray whale and calf. The two whales came up to our small boats (and between the boats) again and again - surfacing for us to pet them, blowing, and rolling. We slapped the water with our hands, and they came up to check us out. What an experience!
I was a little conflicted about coming so close to the whales and "petting" them. However, the boat drivers were very careful, and the whales actually came over and sought us out, once we got in the general vicinity.
Before returning to the Safari Quest to pack for home, we enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant.
Our final night on the ship was fun, with a delicious captain's dinner followed by a slide show of the best photos Kevin had taken during the week, many of which he shared with me.
Disembarkation and Loreto
Our last morning we rode into town after breakfast and went to the most important spot in Loreto - the old 17th century mission. Then, we had some time for shopping before gathering at a very cute restaurant for brunch, which included lessons for making our own tortillas and cerviche. It was a great ending to our cruise.
Ronnie and I loved the casual, family atmosphere on the Safari Quest. It was truly like sailing on our own yacht, and we had wildlife experiences we will remember always.
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