Life in a recreational vehicle can be full of adventure and new experiences.
Of the many activities available during spring, whale-watching season is a great opportunity to learn and experience something new.
Beginning mid-February, more than 18,000 grey whales leave breeding and calving sites off the coast of Baja, California and travel north to their summer feeding grounds in the Chukchi and Bering Seas. Traveling close to shore, grey whales can be spotted along the West Coast of the United States and Canada.
These giant mammals, which can reach 46 feet in length and weigh up to 36 tons, make one of the longest annual migrations in the world, traveling around 10,000 miles round trip. Inquisitive and friendly towards people, grey whales are known to spyhop, lobtail, and breach the surface.
The West Coast of the United States has a long history of whale watching. High points along the coastline offer many opportunities for land-based observations. Traveling along the famous Pacific Coast Highway gives RVers a good chance to spot whales while experiencing the beautiful landscapes of one of the most scenic routes in the U.S.
This legendary highway hugs most of the coastline from San Diego to northern Washington, providing a continuous avenue for RVers who want to stay close to the coast.
Charter companies also offer visitors a unique perspective of the whales from the air or water. With the ability to cover large areas in a limited time, air tours give visitors a good chance of seeing whales.
Novice whale-watching RVers can also take advantage of the weeklong program offered by Whale Watching Spoken Here. This program provides trained volunteers at 26 proven whale-watching sites from northern California to southern Washington. Volunteers help spot whales and provide educational information.
This spring’s session will run March 24-31, 2012.
The annual migration of the grey whales provides an exciting and moving experience for veteran and novice whale watchers. With so many places to see these massive mammals, RVers will find whale watching an interesting and exciting spring activity and a perfect reason to take to the road.
While spotting whales can take practice, finding a great RV campground is easy. Encore and Thousand Trails RV Resorts offer premier RV resorts all along the West Coast, according to a news release. Each location offers unique amenities and activities, such as swimming pools, spas, fitness centers, lounges, sports courts, organized activities, Wi-Fi access, and more.
Below is a sampling of RV resorts on the West Coast:
- Pacific Dunes Ranch RV Resort – 1205 Silver Spur Place., Oceano, CA 93445
- Santa Cruz Ranch RV Park – 917 Disc Drive, Scotts Valley, CA 95066
- San Francisco RV Resort – 700 Palmetto Ave., Pacifica, CA 94044
- Rancho Oso RV Resort- 3750 Paradise Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
- Morgan Hill RV Resort- 12895 Uvas Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
- South Jetty RV Resort – 05010 S. Jetty Road, Florence, OR 97439
- Whaler’s Rest RV Resort- 50 S.E. 123rd St., South Beach, OR 97366
- Pacific City RV Resort – 30000 Sandlake Road, Cloverdale, OR 97112
- Seaside RV Resort – 1703 12th Ave., Seaside, OR 97138
- Long Beach RV Resort – 2215 Willow Road, Seaview, WA 98644
- Oceana RV Resort – 2733 State Route 109, Ocean City, WA 98569
Encore and Thousand Trails
Encore and Thousand Trails feature 173 RV Resorts across North America. Owned and operated by Equity LifeStyle Properties, Inc., Encore, Thousand Trails, and its affiliates offer RVers opportunities to enjoy the outdoors in top vacation destinations, complemented with resort style amenities.
Phone: (866) 730-0637
Whale Watching Spoken Here
Visitors can spot migrating gray whales with the help of volunteers positioned at 26 sites along the Pacific Coast during the one-week Whale Watching Spoken Here programs held in March and December. This spring’s session will run March 24-31, 2012.
Whale Watching Spoken Here is coordinated by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and offers volunteer interpreters at locations along the coast from Ilwaco, Washington to Crescent City, California.
Back in 1980, whale watching surpassed whaling as an industry. Now it’s worth about four times as much. Whale watching provides far, far more jobs to people than whaling ever did. Whale watching has become an ally in the fight to end whaling.”