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The past, present and future according to Rangor.

Everything that has, is, or is going to happen (although not necessarily in that order).

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The boat journey home

31st May - 1st June

Our plan was to leave the campsite at 9am in order to give us pleanty of time to get to the port at Bilboa. This plan was slightly scuppered by the lack of anyone at the reception of the site when we arrived so we had to wait 40 minutes before anyone was able to give us back Mrs Rangor's passport taken as security to ensure we paid. Got chatting to a big group of Aussies and Kiwis whilst waiting, seems they'd had quite a party in there van the night before. They all looked a bit worse for wear. Anyway, we headed off having paid up and got to the port having driven along a lovely winding mountain pass, the last of many in the last week or so. Boarded the ship and checked into our cabin then headed off up on deck to say goodbye to Spain. Also hung around to hire one of the few pairs of binoculars available for whale/dolphin watching. Seems it was a good idea, the seamonsters were far more forthcoming. We saw 3 sperm whales, how about that! Two adults and a calf, we were very excited. We actually saw these alongside 4 fin whales. Fin whales are the second largest animal on the planet, these were very impressive. As the trip went on, we saw striped dolphins and bottlenose dolphins bow riding and generally playing in the water. We also saw them on a feeding frenzy, many gannets were also there with them.
We then went for a nice meal in the restaurant before heading to the cinema to see HHGTTG. I'd seen it previously but Mrs Rangor was terribly keen on it. She then fell asleep and missed the last hour!
Next morning, I got up very early to look out on deck but there was a thick fog and nothing to be seen, no whale watching today. Nevermind, saw lots yesterday, so am not too disappointed. Had a coffee and read while I waited for Mrs Rangor to get up. Then we went to a presentation on whales and dolphins with videos and slides. was the second part of the one we saw on the way out. After that, we've really just been sitting around reading and chatting until we get into Portsmouth, we are due in at 5.30pm, which is in about 30 minutes. All in all, a lovely time has been had by us both.


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