San Francisco and Newport Update
Hello from the Pacific Northwest! It has been a long but extremely successful day! As we speak, Henry is taking off again with our pilot Ken Johnson taking new friends from Newport, Oregon up for a whale of a time in the Cessna 402!
The day kicked off with a great start this morning in the City by the Bay with a press conference at the San Francisco airport. We couldn’t have been in Northern California at a better time to spread our message. As you may remember from yesterday’s blog, a mother humpback whale and her calf are currently stuck in the Sacramento River. These two lost whales are from the same species as those so beautifully painted on our plane. Californians from up and down the coast are working together to save these two whales and return them safely to the sea. We carry the same spirit as these Californians as we continue in our quest to save whales around the world from commercial whaling and the many other threats they face.
This morning’s press event was a terrific. Henry and I spoke with local Bay Area stations, KGO, KRON and KPIX further spreading the message, stressing the need to not only help the two whales stranded in the delta, but to also take part in the larger cause of putting an end to global whaling. As Henry so eloquently put it today, children and adults alike need to step forward and begin getting involved so that the generations that follow us will be able to enjoy the majestic beauty the whales offer our planet. I am so proud of my firstborn son. It is humbling to watch him emerge as a wonderful spokesperson for his generation. We are a long way from home and both miss his "mommy" Georgann, his brother Holden and sister Isabelle, but we are proud to be able to take this effort nationwide!
We are now in scenic Newport, Oregon where, thanks to Cape Air and Central Oregon Coast Air Service (ONP!), we were greeted with a wonderful community celebration. As we stepped off the plane, we were greeted by the Mayor of Newport, Town Councilmen and Miss Linda and beautiful children from the Nye Beach Montessori pre-school. The children not only came armed with more whale drawings for us, they also prepared two very special songs which they sang in honor of our Save the Whales tour. Their songs were as beautiful of the whales themselves! After the ceremony we invited all the children and their parents to take brief flights over town in the whale plane. It was our way of saying thanks again to everyone who came out to join the cause!
If you have been following us on this blog during our journey, you know how kids and adults "from sea to shining sea" are responding to our call to protect the whales. These wonderful creatures face more threats today than at any time in history. But together, we can work to ensure they survive for future generations to see and enjoy.
We are a long way from Cape Cod where started our migration eight days ago! Tomorrow we will fly "North of the Border" and will land in Vancouver, Canada, our last official stop before Alaska, to meet and greet new friends. Thanks to each of you for your support as we approach the longest leg of this incredible journey! Check in tomorrow for another update on our efforts to save the whales!