We were only supposed to be passing through town. Then we saw them… The Santa Cruz Whales!
After a day at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Christy scoped out some tide pools for us to check out a bit north in Santa Cruz. By the time we got up there, the tide had come in so we decided to go check out the boardwalk instead. We made it about a quarter of a mile before Christy screamed “A WHALE!!!” out the passenger window. Not only was it a whale, but four of them circling the bay, scooping up krill for a captive audience. We stayed until sunset and decided that we would absolutely be coming back the next day. The same thing happened that day and nearly happened the next! If we didn’t have to make it all the way back up the coast to Portland for our flight back, we would have never left!