NAVIGATION ∧

the photo journal + misc. news of Emma Kisiel

Bellingham + Vancouver

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When we got to Bellingham, we settled into our sweet artist studio Airbnb out in the country, got some lunch in town, and then drove up to Vancouver, BC, just to check it out for a couple hours. Can you tell we didn’t really get out of the car? We drove around Stanley Park and walked around a little, drove through downtown, and then got ice cream for our long wait at the border. Clearly, we need to go back someday and spend more time! Vancouver reminded us of Denver (the parts where you can’t see the water, obv.) and the area around Niagara Falls. It’s really beautiful, and it was unlike any city we’d ever seen before (the buildings all look so light-colored and bright?). The next morning, we walked Cody around our “neighborhood” and then headed out on our whale-watching cruise. We left pretty early the next day, after getting coffee at Black Drop and stopping at Rocket Donuts.

No more trips for a while now, although this weekend my best! friend! ever! will be here, and the day he leaves his sister, who is also one of our best friends, is coming into town! A last hurrah for summer.

Whale Watching

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For our TEN-YEAR (!!!) anniversary, we planned a trip up to Bellingham, WA, to take a whale watching cruise to San Juan Island. It was an incredible day. We had great weather and we saw so many whales, all orcas. The boat captain said he had never seen so many local and transient whales together in the same area. There was a point where the whales came right up to the boat; the captain said that does not happen very often at all. It was so exciting and amazing, watching the whales come out of the water and flip into the air. I only have a 50mm prime lens, so that gives you an idea of their distance in the wide photos.

Our boat stopped at Friday Harbor on San Juan Island for a couple hours, and since we had eaten on the boat, we decided to spend the time at The Whale Museum. We also hung out with Popeye, the resident harbor seal on the dock at Friday Harbor. She is lovely.

Nathaniel took lots of GoPro footage, but these days he isn’t editing it much. Maybe by year 11 I’ll have something to watch ;)

Indian Beach Low Tide

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Essentially just more card-clearing because we’re doing something VERY, VERY exciting this weekend 😁

Pictures from Indian Beach at low tide, probably the earliest we’d been at the coast for since we started paying attention to the tide (lol). We saw lots of critters, and the clearest view of Tilly that I can remember. And a pelican! I don’t think I’d ever seen one on the Oregon Coast before. It was fun to watch. The tide was so low that we got to go to the north side of the beach for the first time. The rocks there are really pretty.

Expect just the most pictures when we get home from vacation next week!

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