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Pelagic Cruise

In late April into early May, Liz and I joined the Anchorage, Alaska, Audubon Society on a repositioning cruise to watch birds. Anchorage Audubon organized a group of 20 birders plus some top-notch seabird experts, and we spent four days at sea cruising from San Diego, California, to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Link to map of the trip.

Pelagic Cruise
Birding the San Diego River at sunset

April 28, 2014. Las Vegas to San Diego

Liz and I left home during late morning heading south towards San Diego. We made a quick stop in Hesperia, CA, to photograph Joshua trees, which it turns out are a different subspecies, or perhaps a different species, from the Joshua trees we have at home.

We got into San Diego and picked up my mother from one of her friends and dropped her off at another, stopping for dinner at Anthony's Fish Grotto on San Diego Harbor along the way.

With the last of the light, we made a quick run to the San Diego River to enjoy the sunset and spot a few birds. Little Blue Herons, Long-billed Curlew, and Black Skimmers were the highlights.

Finally, we retired to our favorite San Diego hotel: the Dolphin Hotel. The building is old, the rooms are small, but it adds charm to the adventure, the rooms are clean, and the staff is beyond top notch.

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MS Westerdam in San Diego Harbor

April 29, 2014. San Diego to At Sea

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At sea off the coast of California

April 30, 2014. At Sea

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At sea off the coast of California and Oregon

May 01, 2014. At Sea

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At sea off the coast of Washington

May 02, 2014. At Sea to Victoria and Port Angeles

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Birding with Jerry at the Elwah River Delta

May 03, 2014. Port Angeles and Elwah River Delta

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Driving with Helen to Portland

May 04, 2014. Port Angeles to Portland

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Lazy day in Portland; view out the back window

May 05, 2014. Portland

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Birding with Dad and Joe at Fernhill Wetlands Preserve

May 06, 2014. Portland and Fernhill Wetlands Preserve

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Birding Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

May 07, 2014. Portland and Jackson Bottom Wetlands Preserve

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Relaxing at the Dolphin Hotel in San Diego

May 08, 2014. Portland to San Diego

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Sunset over Amboy on the way home

May 09, 2014. San Diego to Home in Las Vegas

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Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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