As my husband Gerry worked late again in order to leave on our ten-day vacation to Vancouver and the San Juan Islands off the state of Washington, he said, “It’s good to get away.” He’s exhausted but meant it when he signed us up for a six-hour kayaking tour. I also love ocean kayaking. Orca aren’t the only whales found in the waters of the San Juan Islands. Northern minke whales also live in the inland coastal waters of Washington but can be shy of boat traffic. He hopes to see some whales up close!