The howling 60+mph winds made whalewatching difficult (thanks to Karen and Drew for spotting the 7 seen today!) but visitors were treated to docent-led whale programs on Saturday by Frank and by Marta today. Thank you for sharing your experience and knowledge! Frank captivated people with stories about kayaking with whales surfacing so close to him that he could reach out and infest himself with lice. 😉 Marta had a packed house in the NOAA section of the lighthouse visitor center and inspired me to search for gray whale plush toys as props for future programs!

As you can imagine, the lighthouse stairs were closed. Over at Drakes, docents made the call to stay late on both Saturday and Sunday to talk to late bus arrivals about elephant seal conservation and education. Sean and I are mulling over the idea of staggered shifts at Drakes. A “late” shift would arrive around noon and stay until 6:00pm so that the late influx of visitors would be contacted. We’ll keep you updated! And thank you again for the check-in/check out system at Drakes. This definitely sets my mind at ease to know that everyone is accounted for and heading home at the end of their shift. Stay warm and we’ll see you out there soon! Thanks!