Whale watching is a perfect Staycation California day trip.
You can find a whale watching tour at almost every harbor in Southern California. Find out what whales are migrating and when.
The prime time is January through April when the Gray Whale migrates 6,000 miles south from the Bering Strait to mate and calve in the warm lagoons of Mexico. The Mamas return north with their young and the Moms alone can be as long as 52 feet.
The California coastline also has witnessed seasonal migrations of blue whales and humpback whales as well as a rare sighting of an Orcas (Killer Whale). The humpback and blue whale migrate during the summer.
The first part of the year in Southern California is known for whale watching season. So we took the opportunity and jumped on a boat leaving from Oceanside, California.
Leaving the calm of the harbor aboard the Oceanside 95, there is plenty of opportunity to view other wildlife such as seals and pelicans . We even saw a rare pod of dolphins in the harbor once.
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When I said I was going to Oxnard for the weekend, everyone went, “Oxnard”? Where is Oxnard? What is Oxnard? No one knew much about it or heard of it. So here it is, my weekend in Oxnard , Port Heuneme, and Ventura. No one heard of Port Hueneme either. Hopefully after you read this you may consider taking a weekend trip, it is worth it.
Oxnard is a coastal city in central California located approximately 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The population of Oxnard is 203,585 as of 2012. A nice note, Oxnard was ranked as one of the safest cities in America with violent crime rates well below the national average
From Oxnards history I got this tidbit of the naming of the city:
Oxnard’s founder, Henry T. Oxnard, intended to name the city after a Greek word for “sugar”. Finally, frustrated with trying to communicate his desires to the state bureaucrats, he gave up and named the city after his family.
Oxnard is home to the beautiful Channel Islands Harbor and where there is a harbor there will be all sorts of water activities including whale watching, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, surfing, charters, fishing, etc.
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Just wanted to post a nice photo of beautiful Oceanside in February.
Places we will be visiting next with a full report and photos:
Running with the Bulls in Temecula. June 2014
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Here is another adventure for a staycation weekend. It’s called Jet Lev or jet packing. We found it on Groupon of course and decided to try the one in Newport Beach.
Three of us set out, one guy and two woman to try exciting this ride that looked so fun on paper. As we were driving up to Newport Harbor from Oceanside, we were imagining what it would be like to be suspended 30 feet in the air as if we were flying.
It seemed like bliss.
30 feet is as high as the jet pack would go, although we soon discovered that there is a huge learning curve and only the guy in our group actually made it over 2″ from the water surface. I thought that they had control of it and I was thinking how happy I would be as they floated me above the water with a birds eye view of the magnificent Newport harbor.
We soon discovered that we actually handled the controls and that they were very touchy. One small jerk and down you go. The guy in our group went first and after many tries was able to do a bunch of flights with his best run maybe 7′ out of the water.
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