On our first driving trip around New England we had tickets to do a whale watch in Gloucester, MA. But due to rough weather, the whale watch trip was cancelled.
So on our second driving trip around New England, we decided to try again. This time we planned to do a whale watch in Boston, MA at the New England Aquarium.
I took dramamine so hopefully I wouldn’t get sea sick out on the ocean. If anything, the dramamine seem to upset my stomach.
The water was a little rough with four foot waves, but thankfully they didn’t cancel the whale watch. On the way out, the boat was bashing into the waves. Nobody on the boat seemed to be doing well. I was seeing people getting sick over the side of the boat. At one point, my stomach starting getting upset. I headed out to the side of the boat to get some fresh air. As I was out there breathing in the cold salty air, I felt the vomit coming up. I leaned out over the railing as far as I could, and blew chunk. The sick went out, and the wind caught it, and it straifed the people standing along the railing. I mumbled a “sorry” and headed back inside. At least I felt better. At least for a while. Eventually almost everyone was getting sick. I had been feeling better, but then I felt as if I was going to be sick again. I knew I wasn’t going to make it outside, so I started heading for a 55 gallon drum being used as a trash can. I ran towards the can with my hand over my mouth. I almost made it. As I blew chunk, it hit my hand and deflected to the side. It totally drenched the back of some high school kid’s head. I mumbled “Sorry dude”. I was expecting the kid to get up and take a swing at me. I wouldn’t have blamed him. But then again I have years of training in karate, and wouldn’t have stood there being a punching bag either. But the kid just sat there and didn’t even turn around. The trip out to the whale watching spot lasted about an hour. Even my wife who doesn’t get sea sick was getting queezy by the time we got out there.
Once the boat stopped at the whale watch site, I started feeling better. We saw a whale, I think it was a humpback whale. It seemed to be putting on a show for us. It was making bubble nets, and jumping and generally being very active.We watched the whale for about twenty or thirty minutes. It was a great show!
On the way back into shore, we were going with the waves. Thankfully, it was much smoother, and I didn’t get sick at all. I didn’t notice anyone else getting sick either.
Once on land, I swore I would never go on the ocean in a small boat ever again. I have since bought a device called Relief Band. It looks like wacth, and delivers small electronic pulses that supposedly keep you from getting sick. I haven’t had a chance to try it yet. It can’t be worse than the dramamine.
If you ever get a chance, you might check out the whale watch in Boston, MA. Hopefully you you will have calmer seas then we did!