I have never liked the term “Bucket List.” It makes me feel old and out of time. So when I heard a Honda commercial refer to “Leap List,” I knew that was a concept I could buy into! It’s got a much better energy about it, don’t you think?
According to the Urban Dictionary, a Leap List is “a list of ten things you want to do before taking your next big leap in life (e.g. before you get married, or have kids or turn 40).”
Do you have a
Bucket List Leap List? Mine includes driving cross-country and returning to Paris, seeing the Northern Lights and cooking a Tuscan feast I once saw in Gourmet Magazine.
It also included going on a Whale Watch, which my dear friend MaryAnne promised me as a birthday present last year. We finally got our chance during the Great Cape Escape, by coincedence on her birthday!
Cormorants escorted us out of Provincetown Harbor into Cape Cod Bay for a three-hour opportunity to see whales up-close and personal.
It was a gorgeous spring day with a blue sky dotted by some occasional clouds. While sun-warm on shore, it was cold once the boat reached the bay, where the ultramarine water was scored with whitecaps from a strong northeast breeze.
Not too long into the trip we were alerted to a Finback Whale off the two o’clock side of the boat. And soon after that, there was a Right Whale breaching about a mile and a half in front of us. Racing from side to side of the boat, we caught glimpses of fins and tails, and spouts of water from the depths of the ocean beneath us.
According to our naturalist guide, we had the chance to see eight Right Whales and three Finback Whale on our trip.
Mostly, we saw a bunch of splashes — and we laughed a lot.
As we were leaving the boat, the Captain thanked us for joining him, and reminded us that every journey is different. “Don’t expect more than a great boat ride,” he told us, “and hope for whales.”
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GREAT CAPE ESCAPE II
• Great Cape Escape 2013
• A Journal of Days
• Elemental Things
• Sand and Water
• Words Like Abundance
• Blessed Places
• Where Everybody Knows Your Name
• Visions of Design
PHOTOS ©2013, Jen Payne