The Giants of the Seas – Giganten der Oceane

The last few weeks have been a bit crazy, but we`ve reached a few a big milestones! Kristin had her last day at work, we had our farewell party and we had our last Thanksgiving in Hamburg in our apartment. Now we are packing boxes, running to appointments with various government offices and Phil is working on the show “Kinky Boots”. We’ve planned a lot for our big life change, but there are always some little things you forget or you did not think would happen.

On September 1st we found out that we are pregnant and now the next year will see an even bigger change then we expected! But everything is still doable :-); there is always a solution. We just have to postpone our start to august 2018 and travel maybe a little bit slower :-). Maybe, definitely.

But thats not what we wanted to share with you right now! In August we had a family vacation with 23 people in Cape Cod, all on Phil’s side of the family. We had a fantastic time with great food, funny adventures and a lot of time for relaxing! There was just one super exciting adventure that stands out from all the rest else.

The Giants of the Seas!

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Hi I’m a whale!

Kristin has loved the ocean, especially whales, since she was a girl, but because she’s trying to travel sustainably,  she’s careful about whale-watching tours. The last time we went to Cape Cod we decided against taking a tour. Then last summer, Kristin’s sister took the whale-watching tour in Cape Cod we’d actually decided not to do (to save money, not because of the tour itself) and it turned out to be great, so we were super excited to do one. Still, it is always important to inform yourself about the tours, especially in other countries there isn’t enough protection of these fantastic animals. Luckily, the company seemed to check out.

We picked a day during our vacation and headed to Provincetown, deciding to finally book a tour for the afternoon. Together with Phil’s sister Symantha and her husband Lee we went on the journey. We did not regret it all!!

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Kristin, Symantha, Phil & Lee

It did not really start out all that promising, but then the captain found a little humpback whale and this calf was super excited to see us. We can not tell you who was more excited. Kristin couldn’t hold the camera straight, so Phil had to take all the photos!

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It was good that the captain told us that it was a calf because for us it was just a big whale. We could not have said that it was really young. We spent 20 minutes or longer just with this calf while he freaked out and jumped a lot of times for us. Sometimes he just wagged his fin.  It was such an incredible feeling to watch and see all that raw power!

After that, the boat started to look in another area. We were lucky to see two other groups of humpback whale fins, but they were definitely not as playful as the calf.

On our way back to Provincetown the captain saw one last humpback whale. He stayed and this humpback showed us some nice jumps with the coastline in the background. It seemed surreal, as if the whale had been waiting for us, or as if he was playing a part. It was already really late, when we entered the harbor to a wonderful sunset. The captain had let us stay out an extra half an hour longer than the trip had been planned for.  We’re sure he and the photographers on board wanted to get as many incredible shots of the whale jumping as we did, especially with the perfect sunset light, and the whale between the boat and the coastline.

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Even days later we still had the adrenaline from the trip in our blood. Maybe that helped us with the baby 😉 We’re definitely looking forward to other nature experiences that the next few years will bring us.

We’ve just got a four more days in Germany, then we are heading to Long Island for two months,where we’re going to look for a van and start the modificaton. The next weeks are going to be exciting! We won’t have an apartment anymore and need to rely on both of our parents in Germany and Long Island until we hit the road.

German:

Die letzten Wochen waren ein bisschen verrückt. Einen großen Meilenstein haben wir geschafft! Kristin hatte ihren letzten Arbeitstag, wir hatten unsere Abschiedsfeier und unser letztes Thankgsgiving Fest. Jetzt packen wir Kisten ein und aus, absolvieren Behördengänge und Phil arbeitet immer noch an der Show “Kinky Boots”. Wir haben viel für unseren großen Lebenswandel geplant, aber es gibt immer ein paar Kleinigkeiten, die man vergessen hat oder es passieren Dinge, mit denen man gar nicht mehr gerechnet hat.

Am 1. September haben wir herausgefunden, dass wir Eltern werden und jetzt ist es quasi eine noch größere Veränderung als die, die wir erwartet hatten. Aber alles ist noch machbar :-); Unser Motto: Es gibt immer eine Lösung. Wir müssen unseren Start auf August 2018 verschieben und vielleicht ein bisschen langsamer reisen. Einfach mal machen!

Aber das ist nicht das, was wir hier mit euch teilen wollten :).

Im August hatten wir einen Familienurlaub mit 23 Personen der Familie Kong in Cape Cod. Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit mit gutem Essen, Entspannung und lustigen Abenteuern.

Es gibt nur ein super aufregendes Abenteuer, das sich von allen anderen abgehebt hat.

Die Giganten der Meere!

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Kristin liebt den Ozean und vor allem Wale seit sie ein kleines Mädchen ist. Aber aus nachhaltigen Gründen ist sie immer vorsichtig mit Walbeobachtungstouren. Als wir das letzte Mal in Cape Cod waren, haben wir beschlossen, keine Tour zu machen. Aber da Kristins Schwester im letzten Sommer eine großartige Walbeobachtungstour in Cape Cod unternommen hat, waren wir sehr aufgeregt, nun auch mal eine zu machen. Dennoch ist es immer wichtig, sich über die Touren zu informieren. Besonders in anderen Ländern gibt es nicht genug Aufklärung über den Schutz dieser fantastischen Tiere.

An einem der Tage fuhren wir also nach Provincetown und beschlossen endlich eine Tour für den Nachmittag zu buchen. Zusammen mit Phils Schwester Symantha und ihrem Ehemann Lee machten wir uns auf die Reise. Wir bedauerten es nicht!

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Es hat nicht wirklich vielversprechend begonnen. Aber dann fand der Kapitän einen kleinen Buckelwal. Und dieses Kalb war super aufgeregt, uns zu sehen. Wir können euch nicht sagen, wer aufgeregter war. Wir oder das Kalb. Kristin konnte die Kamera vor Aufregung kaum gerade halten und dewegen musste Phil alle Fotos machen.

Gut, dass der Kapitän uns sagte, dass es ein Kalb war, weil es für uns nur ein großer Wal war. Wir hätten nicht erkannt, dass es wirklich jung war. Das Kalb ist total ausgeflippt und ist viele Male für uns gesprungen. Manchmal wedelte es nur mit der Flosse. Wir haben 20 Minuten oder länger mit diesem Kalb verbracht. Es war einfach unbeschreiblich schön.

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Danach fuhr das Boot weiter. Immer auf der Suche nach den Giganten. Und wir sollten Glück behalten, denn wir erwischten flüchtig zwei Finnwale. Sie waren definitiv nicht so verspielt wie das Kalb.

Auf dem Rückweg nach Provincetown sah der Kapitän einen anderen Buckelwal. Er blieb und auch dieser Wal zeigte uns einige schöne Sprünge mit der Küste im Hintergrund. Es wirkte surreal, als wäre der Wal als Schauspieler engagiert worden.

Es war schon sehr spät, als wir in den Hafen zu einem wunderschönen Sonnenuntergang, einliefen.

Tage später hatten wir das Adrenalin dieses Abenteuers noch in uns. Vielleicht hat uns das mit dem Baby geholfen 😉

Wir freuen uns auf weitere Naturerlebnisse in den USA und Kanada 2018 und 2019.

Noch ein paar Tage, dann geht es für zwei Monate nach Long Island/NY. Wir werden nach einen Sprinter suchen und starten dann hoffentlich schnell mit dem Umbau. Die nächsten Wochen werden spannend, wir haben keine Wohnung mehr und müssen uns nun auf unsere beiden Elternhäuser in Deutschland und Long Island verlassen, bis wir unterwegs sind.

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