puget sound

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Last month I went on my first whale watching tour. But this wasn’t just any typical boat ride – we traveled 3 hours out into Puget Sound, surrounded by the most breathtaking scenery and wildlife. I had no idea how gorgeous this place would be until we were on the water, just south of the Canadian border.

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It had been raining that morning, but by the time we set out, the air was crisp and the light was perfect. I knew there was no guarantee we’d actually see Orcas, so I didn’t want to get my hopes up, but luckily, we came across an entire pod late in the afternoon. It was almost surreal to see these animals in the wild, swimming so close to us. I may or may not have shed a few happy tears.

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Needless to say, I’m forever spoiled by this experience and don’t think I’ll go on another whale watching tour unless I know for a fact, I’ll see a family of Orcas pass by.