You Should Go Whale Watching And Here's Why

You Should Go Whale Watching And Here's Why

This is the type of adventure that everyone needs to experience at least once in their life!
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Everyone should have the experience to go whale watching at least once in their lifetime, preferably during their teenage years or older; this will be more worthwhile to completely understand the marine facts that are taught among the boat. Going as children or bringing children along is also an extremely fun time; their amazement at the sight of marine life is indescribable. All whale species will not be seen and perhaps none will be seen, but with the intelligent of the captain, interns, and marine biologists on board, they’ll know the prime spots to explore during that specific time of year and specific time of day, which will hopefully lead you to some incredible marine sightings, just like it did for me.

Whether you see the whales you were expecting to see, dolphins, differing species of fish, or maybe something greater that you were not expecting overall, it is a wonderful experience that everyone should try out. There are many places to go whale watching and each is just as enjoyable as the next. The long and enjoyable boat ride out to the midst of the ocean is only the beginning. When you look around, no more land is seen and there’s absolutely no knowing of what is swimming under you in the depths of the ocean or what may be happening down there.

Once you’ve reached the few destinations you’ll be searching for whales at, the facts will begin. The marine biologists on board will keep you updated on what type of whales you are watching and more facts will fill your mind about their daily living styles. Perhaps you will learn about their migration patterns, family life, what they do for fun, what they eat, where they are most successful in their eating habits, friendships, and much more. This is a trip that will last a few hours and you will not want to return back to shore once you’re out there. Being able to look off into the distance and only see the ocean, which looks like it’s never-ending, is a sight that cannot be described and can only be experienced. There are an enormous number of species in the ocean that we are unaware of and every single day, more is learned. It’s absolutely astounding to know there’s more out there but to not know exactly what it is.

Whale watching was a breathtaking experience that everyone needs to take a chance to do. It may change your perspective of the ocean and may even convince you to want to help change how the ocean is treated and what it is doing to the species that live in it.

“The ocean is Earth’s life support.”

“Everyone, everywhere depends on a healthy sea.”

“But the ocean is in trouble…What happens if we do nothing?”

Find the answers and discover more here! Then be on your way to experience whale watching for yourself.

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Shortly before my husband and I officially moved out onto our own, he surprised me with a puppy in hand on the morning of our anniversary. Moving out, tackling college, and everything in between, I thought another huge responsibility was the last thing I needed. However, in reality, Oakley, the lab/Australian shepard/collie mix, was exactly what I needed to get back to "me."


He provides emotional support

One of the most obvious reasons is how much emotional support dogs, (and other respective animals) can provide. His paws have been accidentally stepped on, and he certainly isn't a fan of the forced flea/tick medication doses, but less than 30 seconds later, he is without fail immediately by my side again, tail wagging and ready for more kisses. Although he is not trained or certified as an ESA, it's without a doubt he has effectively (and unconsciously) combated random anxiety attacks or feelings of being alone.

He requires being cared for

You'll heavily judge every crazy fur mama, as did, I until you become one. Getting Oakley immediately got me consistently back on my feet and forced me to ask myself, "What does he need today?"Even simple, easy tasks like taking him out to run/go to the bathroom had me excited and forced me to find a motive in the day to day activities. I loved no longer having even the mere choice to be unproductive. Don't want to start your day? Well, Oakley needs his day started, so let's get moving.

He serves as protection

It's no surprise how far a dog's loyalty will go to protect their owner. For decades, specially trained dogs have had life-saving responsibilities assigned to them. Even being married, my husband and I's schedules vary significantly to where it is not uncommon for me to be alone. The slightest sound or shadow from outside our door immediately initiates barking. In the bathroom taking a shower? He's there. Knowing that Oakley is looking out, even when I get carried away with tasks like cooking dinner, always calms my nerves.

He's become something to look forward to

The nice thing about having Oakley is regardless of how my day goes, I know exactly how it is going to end. Whether I passed an exam with flying colors or got the lowest grade in the class, I know what waits for me when I open the door at home. After a long day, nothing resets my mood like walking into a face that is just as happy and excited to see me!

He encourages bonds with others

If you want your social interaction to sky rocket: get a puppy. No, I'm serious. You'll have people wanting to come over and visit "you" (let's be real… your puppy), like it's your last day on Earth. For me, this was exactly what I needed. Getting Oakley had family members constantly checking in to see how he was growing, learning, etc. Not only did this encourage more interactions with family and friends, but it also "livened" my husband and I's home life. Instead of the "normal" weekend nights consisting of Netflix and MarioKart, (which are enjoyable in their own respective ways), spending our nights playing Monkey in the Middle with our new four-legged friend has proven much more entertaining.

So ideally was it the right time to get a dog? Probably not. However, adding Oakley to my small little family combated anxiety and depression in ways I wouldn't have ever thought possible.

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5 Places To Hike Near Syracuse This Fall

A short list of some of the prettiest places to hike in Upstate New York to get all the fall, Instagramable views.

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One of the best things of Upstate New York is undoubtedly the fall foliage and totally Instagram worthy views. If you're looking to get away from campus for a little and enjoy all that the beautiful state of New York has to offer, look no further for a brief list of some of the most photogenic hikes and views.

1. Watkins Glen State Park

Located just a little over an hour and a half from Syracuse, Watkins Glen has picturesque waterfalls and moderate hiking trails that allow you to relish in all the beauty fall has to offer.

2. Buttermilk Falls State Park

Buttermilk Falls, located in the cute town of Ithaca, is one of the many beautiful waterfalls in the Ithaca region. A relatively easy hike, you could complete this in a day and go check out Ithaca or some of the other waterfalls nearby!

3. Bald Mountain

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4. Letchworth State Park

Known as the "Grand Canyon of the East," Letchworth State Park follows the Genesee River. Although the park itself is around 17 miles, there are shorter trails throughout and the views are gorgeous.

5. Fillmore Glen State Park

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