Kickstarter: The Lonliest Whale

One way I pass time on a slow day is to peruse some of the projects looking for funding on Kickstarter. While it’s often a hobby that can be hard on my wallet (seriously, there’s so much neat stuff), I occasionally stumble across projects that really connect with me on a more emotional level.

Like the one searching for the elusive 52 hertz whale off the west coast of British Columbia.

For those who are unable to watch the embedded video, this project is looking to fund a research expedition to hunt for a whale that sings at 52 Hertz, a frequency that no other known whale responds to.

Originally discovered in the 1980s, this elusive whale has resided in the Pacific Ocean migrating from California up to Alaska and as far from shore as the mid-Pacific. And as it sings in a frequency that no other whale is known to communicate in, it has been assumed that this whale has lived much of its life in solitude.

As someone who’s grown up on the coast, I’ve always been inquisitive of life in the sea and would be lying if I didn’t admit that the story of “52” intrigues me.

RIP Leonard Nimoy

“I think it’s my adventure, my trip, my journey, and I guess my attitude is, let the chips fall where they may.” – Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

Courtesy of Nathan Rupert


Grand Princess

A Trip for the Soul

When I first introduced the idea of funemployment to all of you, I spoke about my desire to view this sudden change of scenery as an opportunity.  In fact, I believe I said this:

Iā€™m going to take the next few weeks and do things I never thought to do before. Iā€™m going to be going on a short cruise. Iā€™m going to fly somewhere on a lark and simply enjoy the destination. - The Opportunity of Unemployment

So as a man who looks to keep his word, the first trip on this journey of funemployment has been booked. While the original idea was to hop on a short cruise and take a few days to simply recharge my soul, my wife and I decided to make it a little more than that and to create a week of adventure.

Amtrak Cascades

Courtesy of Stephen Rees

The first step on our week long journey will be riding the Amtrak Cascades train line from Vancouver down to Seattle. While the whole concept of a passenger train is not entirely foreign to the two of us – we rode them in when we went to the United Kingdom a while back – we’ve never taken in the ride locally.  And as I am a transportation junkie, this could be one of the most exciting parts of our entire trip.

jetBlue Plane

Courtesy of cclark395

Then there is the second leg of our journey, flying from Seattle down to Los Angeles. Neither of us has ever been to this massive city and figured we’d be good to spend at least a day down there before our cruise home. While we still haven’t figured out what we’ll do, we did decide on flying with jetBlue after hearing from friends of ours that the airline is a pretty solid choice. And it also helped that they fly into Long Beach which is essentially where our ship will leave. Or is it San Pedro? I don’t know – Los Angeles is just that big.

Grand Princess

Courtesy of MA1216

Last, but not least, is our sail on the Grand Princess from Los Angeles back home to Vancouver. This is also a new experience for the wife and me, so we’re viewing it as a practice trip to prepare for our much longer sail to Hawaii later this year (I know, I know. I’m a jetsetter).

While the trip is essentially a repositioning cruise with our only ports of call being Los Angeles and Vancouver, you’ll likely find us either on our balcony watching the ocean or poolside relaxing. I get that the temperatures are likely not what one would expect to experience on a cruise, but this trip is really about helping me find that soul of mine that has gone missing.

This adventure is about something new and untravelled. It’s about fun and excitement. It’s about rest and relaxation. It’s about the experience and that’s pretty darn exciting!

Want to come along?