Hello, it is me Stefan! This week, I was in the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, we went to a Mariners game (baseball). We went with our friends Simon and Theo, who we met at the dude ranch. The Mariners are not too good this year and lost the game 10 to 1 to the first place team, the Tampa Bay Rays, but it was still fun. We also went to the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, where I got to play with an electric guitar machine and learned to play the drums..
When we went to the San Juan Islands, we stayed on Orcas Island, which had a lavender farm, sheep and apple trees we climbed. I loved cutting the lavender. It smelled really nice and I gave a batch to my Mom.
While we were on Orcas Island, we went on a whale-watching trip and saw orca whales
. It was cool when we saw them "spy-hopping," which is when they pop their head out of the water to see what is going on (check out the video
in Tyler's post). There was a two day-old baby in the pod, but it was hard to see because all of the adults were swimming around it to protect it. I was able to see it for a few seconds.
We went kayaking. The first thing we did was learn how to put
the equipment on, like the PFD (personal flotation device, aka a life
jacket) and the splash skirt. A splash skirt is a thing that goes over
your seat so the really cold water doesn't get on you. I was in a
two-person kayak with my Dad. I learned that the most important thing
to do is hold the paddle evenly. Also, both people should paddle on the
same side of the kayak at the same time. We paddled around the islands
and saw giant sea kelp
and some sea stars. I also saw a sea lion doing
flips in the water.
I also made a log cabin out of a Madrona tree. Take a look!Now we're heading to Oregon. See you later!