Gray Whale and Musing about 2014!

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What does a gray whale have to do with the arrival of a new year?

Each year brings new opportunities for each of us to grow in different aspects of our lives.

What do you want to focus on?

I would like to be one who thinks of others  before myself.  Now, that is a tall order!

I would like to become a better wife, mother, grandparent, and friend to those whom I love.

I would like to be a better disciple of Jesus Christ.

I would like to improve my skills in photography, blogging, digital designing and writing.

I want to exercise more and eat healthier.

I would like to go to new places that I have never traveled to before and of course go back to some of my favorite travel destinations.

I would like to keep my goals foremost in my mind this year.

I found this article about the gray whale and its migration from Alaska to Baja California.  The journey is a 10,000 mile trip for the gray whale each and every year.  The whale has a life plan imprinted in his being and knows what has to be accomplished in order to survive.

“Having a Whale of a Good Time in San Diego

Each year beginning in December and running through April, over 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for their young to grow strong enough to make the journey home, before making their way back north again in the Spring. It is the longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis and is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.  According to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego, gray whales generally travel alone or in pods of two or three but more may be seen traveling together during peak migration season. These giants are roughly the width of a basketball court and cruise at an average speed of five knots (about six miles per hour).

Blue whales, the largest creatures on earth and thought to be among the most endangered of the great whales, may be found in San Diego mid-June through September.  In fact, the largest group of blue whales in the world, 2,000 to 3,000, feed off the California coast during the summer months. These magnificent mammals give away their location by spouting a 30 foot column of water in the air that can be seen from miles away.  Blue whales have also been observed acting more like dolphins than whales, rolling over on their to look up at spectators.  Less is known about the migratory patterns of blue whales but they have been tracked from the Antarctic to California to Costa Rica.  Changes in ocean temperatures and the abundance of krill over the past few years have attracted far more blue whales to San Diego’s coast than in the past.  Blue whales tend to be found further out to sea than their grey whale cousins so it’s recommend to book one of sightseeing excursions specializing in whales sightings in order to catch a glimpse of a blue whale.

Each year beginning in December and running through April, over 20,000 gray whales make a 10,000 mile round-trip journey from Alaska to the lagoons of Baja California, where the females give birth to their calves. They typically spend several months in the warm Baja California waters, time for their young to grow strong enough to make the journey home, before making their way back north again in the Spring. It is the longest known distance any mammal migrates on an annual basis and is truly an extraordinary spectacle to observe. With 70 miles of coastline directly in the migration path, San Diego is an ideal destination to see this impressive parade of gentle giants.  According to the Birch Aquarium in San Diego, gray whales generally travel alone or in pods of two or three but more may be seen traveling together during peak migration season. These giants are roughly the width of a basketball court and cruise at an average speed of five knots (about six miles per hour).

Blue whales, the largest creatures on earth and thought to be among the most endangered of the great whales, may be found in San Diego mid-June through September.  In fact, the largest group of blue whales in the world, 2,000 to 3,000, feed off the California coast during the summer months. These magnificent mammals give away their location by spouting a 30 foot column of water in the air that can be seen from miles away.  Blue whales have also been observed acting more like dolphins than whales, rolling over on their to look up at spectators.  Less is known about the migratory patterns of blue whales but they have been tracked from the Antarctic to California to Costa Rica.  Changes in ocean temperatures and the abundance of krill over the past few years have attracted far more blue whales to San Diego’s coast than in the past.  Blue whales tend to be found further out to sea than their grey whale cousins so it’s recommend to book one of sightseeing excursions specializing in whales sightings in order to catch a glimpse of a blue whale.”

Just as the gray whale knows where he needs to go each and every year.

We as the human species know what we need to do to survive in life, but are we willing to reassess our individual life and make changes in that direction?  Will we follow that plan, we know which will help us to continue to grow and improve on this journey we call life?

It is difficult to make changes because it is hard, or we don’t have time, or we don’t want to make time or sacrifices in a now comfortable complacent life.

“Too often, we carry around those things from our past that hurt us the most. Don’t let past pain rob you of your present happiness. You had to live through it in the past, and that cannot be changed, but if the only place it lives today is in your mind, then forgive, let go, and be free.”
—Doe Zantamata
 
 “You’re always only one choice away from changing your life.”
I want to be like the gray whale.  I know the journey I must take in order to progress in this life.
Happy New Year to All and may 2014 be one of small changes that will result in big rewards.

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