20 September, 2009

Vamos ver as baleias? :)

[scroll down to read the English version of this post]


Parece que abandonei o blogue, mas nao 'e verdade!
O que se esta' passar, como voces devem imaginar, 'e que o meu regresso a Portugal esta' quase a acontecer :) e tenho milhentas coisas para tratar, enviar, organizar, gravar e outros 'ar' :). E, infelizmente, o dia so' tem 24h e o tempo voa. Good Lord, como voa!

Comecei a escrever este artigo em Setembro, mas 'e publicado so' hoje, 5 de Novembro.
As minhas desculpas pelo atraso.


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Em Junho de 2008, ha' mais de 1 ano (sim, continuo atrasada) :), a minha amiga P. telefona-me e pergunta-me se eu gostaria de ir ver as baleias ao Puget Sound. O primo dela tinha ganho dois bilhetes num concurso de radio, mas nao podia ir, e ofereceu-lhe os bilhetes a ela e ela pensou logo que eu era capaz de gostar de ir. Eu respondi que adoraria, nem sabia que se faziam visitas dessas. Sabia que haviam baleias no Puget Sound, mas nao me ocorreu ir ve-las.
'E caso para dizer: nos 'states' tudo acontece!

E la' fomos no's, para um passeio de um dia inteiro, a comecar de madrugada. Tinhamos que estar no porto 'as 8h00 da manha, num local de onde saem os cruzeiros ou visitas de barco (eles tem muitas) no Puget Sound. Foi duro levantar tao cedo, confesso, para ambas, dado que tanto eu quanto ela somos duas leoas :) nada madrugadoras, gostamos de trabalhar pela noite dentro e levantar tarde. O sono atacou-nos varias vezes durante o dia.

Viajar de barco 'e sempre uma surpresa, e nesse ano, a Primavera chegou tarde, estavamos em Junho e so' nessa altura ela comecou a dar o ar da sua graca. Estava bastante frio la' fora.
O barco ia quase cheio e a viagem estava bem organizada. Um guia, com formacao em Biologia e especializacao na fauna e flora da regiao, esteve sempre a bordo explicando o que iamos ver, o que iamos fazer, e a diversidade que podemos encontrar no Puget Sound, desde os leoes marinhos, 'as orcas residentes (que nao comem os leoes marinhos, sao amigas deles), as outras baleias que tambem visitam a regiao e os diferentes tipos de passaros que se podem observar.


Se estiverem interessados, podem encontrar mais info aqui e aqui.

A historia que mais gostei, foi quando a guia nos explicava como os leoes marinhos reconhecem a familia de orcas residentes no Puget Sound. Nadam todos juntos, como se fossem amigos inseparaveis (estou a exagerar so' um bocadinho). Mas se chegam outras orcas, comeca uma barulheira tremenda, sons que os leoes marinhos produzem, e eles 'correm' para terra, para se salvarem e nao serem comidos.

A viagem e a beleza da paisagem 'e extasiante, garanto-vos!
As fotos nao mostram 1/10 do que os nossos olhos puderam ver e o nosso coracao sentir :).

E houveram uns sortudos que conseguiram ver uma orca bebe a dar um mergulho, foi uma comemoracao na proa do barco! No's nao chegamos a tempo, tinhamo-nos retirado para dentro para descansar do ar frio que nos circundava la' fora.
Embora ja' estivesse na 'epoca de as ver, o dia estava nublado e as temperaturas ainda baixas para elas poderem aparecer com mais frequencia.

A viagem terminou com uma paragem nas Ilhas San Juan, onde pudemos explorar um pouco da ilha e abastecermo-nos de comida, porque a fome ja' apertava.
A sopa era tipo caril de lentilhas de estava bem picante.
O sono venceu-nos quando voltavamos para Seattle :)

Um passeio que vale muito a pena, quando sentirem que querem estar perto da Natureza e deixar que ela vos 'cure' e energize! :)

E... perguntam vcs: "Susana, onde estao as fotos?".
Desta vez temos slide show em forma de filme!
'E o meu primeiro filme no IMovie, no meu Mac :).
Coloquei directamente aqui no blogue, com a Alanis a tocar :), a resolucao 'e baixa para nao ficar muito pesado, mas acho que da' para ver.
Se preferirem ver sem musica e com melhor resolucao, aqui ja' em baixo esta' o slide show feito pelo Picasa.



Picasa:








video


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[ENGLISH VERSION]


It looks like I've abandoned my blog, but that's not true!

The thing is: I'm getting ready to return to Portugal. After almost 3 and half years studying and living here, I'm packing, organizing, sending and others 'ing' related to my return (I don't like to use words like ' for good', but it will be for a long time) to Portugal.
I don't have that inner peace that I need to let writing flowing freely within my heart. :)

It looks like it was yesterday that I got in US for the 1st time in my life.
Time flies! Good Lord, how it does fly! :)

It was in June 2008 (yes :) more than 1 year ago, I'm very late in writing my adventures here in Seattle, please accept my sincere apologies) that my good and funny friend Paulina called me and asked if I was interested in watching the whales in the Puget Sound. Her cousin had won two tickets for this cruise, in a radio show, and she thought that I would like to go. She was right! I had heard about the whales in the Puget Sound area, but never occurred to me to watch them, so this was a terrific opportunity! I just said to her "Let's do it!".

Two days after her call, two very sleepy lionesses were on their way to get the cruise to watch the whales and other sea animals in the Puget Sound. We both like to sleep until late, "we don't do mornings", like P. usually says :), but this little effort did worth it, definitely!

Victoria Clipper is the company that 'offers' this cruise (and another ones as well), and the departure was at 9 am, sharp. It was a 1-day trip with a stop at San Juan Islands to rest and eat.

We never know what we will get when we do these type of cruises. I packed myself with coats, just in case that it was very cold outside. Last year the Spring came in very late in June, and that day was cloudy and cold, and these coats (some not pretty/fashionable at all) saved us. As soon as the trip started, we immediately realized how cold it was going to be.

The cruise was very well organized.
We had two guides with us that knew everything about the fauna in the Puget Sound area, they were very nice and funny, and told us (to all the people in the cruise) some stories about the sea animals.
The most curious one (and the one that I remember most) was about how the sea lions were able to recognize the resident family of orcas or killer whales. Usually the orcas eat the sea lions, but not these ones, the Puget Sound family of orcas are friends with the Puget Sound seals and they share the same space without any conflicts. Nevertheless, the seals "antennas" are very tuned to detect strangers, which means, other orcas that decide to stop at Puget Sound but don't live there. When these new visitors come by, the seals become very agitated and nervous. They make very intense sounds, like emitting warnings and swim quickly to a safe location. They know and feel the danger coming in.

We could see different types of birds and, of course, seals, but in the exact moment we, P. and I, decided to go back inside (it was so cold outside), a baby orca appeared, just for a few seconds, not enough to take the camera out, but enough to leave some of the (tough) passengers totally thrilled about it! Lucky guys! :)
The guide explained to us that the weather was not helping out, it it was more warm outside, it would be easier to watch them.

Despite of the fact that we couldn't see the baby orca outside of the water, the view of Puget Sound is breath taking! This area is amazingly beautiful, it made feel that I was part of something big.
Unfortunately the pictures didn't get 1/10 of what we really saw and what our hearts felt, but they're good to give an idea of what we can see in a trip like this one.

We were very close to feel exhausted when we stopped at San Juan Islands to rest and eat. We're very hungry! I had a spicy lentil soup, very spicy indeed ;)
On our way back to Seattle, the sleepiness took over us completely and we did surrender to it :)

Overall, it's a very nice trip when you're looking for something relaxing, to energize yourself close to the Nature or, truth to be said, just watching it. Keep in mind that the weather is important, if you really want to see the whales.

And, you may ask: "Where are they? the photos?".
To this post I'd decided to do something different, I wanted to post a slide show. So, I used the IMovie program in my Mac and saved the slide show as a movie and uploaded it to the blog.
The movie itself isn't long or very heavy (the resolution is low).

It's also available the slide show by Picasa, where I have my photos. The resolution of this one is much better but it does not have any song playing on the background.

Just scroll up to watch the slide show.
I hope you like it! :) [let me know if you have suggestions]

The next one will be about the Corn Maze. have you ever heard anything about it?
Stay tuned, it's on its way! ;)

Keep yourselves warm in these cold, rainy days!
A big hug :}**




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