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Doreen Walton
Journalist and mother of a two year old. On the trip of a lifetime, following the grey whales, on the longest known mammalian migration, from Mexico to the Arctic.

Entries by Doreen Walton

The Trail of the Whales: Look How Far We've Come

(1) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 4:23 PM

We've nearly made it to the end of our journey. My toddler and I have been following the grey whale migration up the west coast of the Americas. I pieced the journey together using public transport, on a tight budget and tight schedule. We've been travelling by train, bus, boat...

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On The Trail of the Whales: The Voice of the Whale

(2) Comments | Posted September 26, 2013 | 10:40 AM

The toddler launches himself towards me, arms thrashing, teeth bared. 'Sweetie, everybody is wearing their seat belts, look. Just let me do up the clip... ' Ear spitting screams followed by snarling as he tries to bite me. 'No mummy, mummy please, I don't want to take off. I want...

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On the Trail of the Whales: All at Sea

(12) Comments | Posted August 26, 2013 | 5:18 PM

Our ship blasts its departure on the horn. The two-year-old and I wave and people lining the quay wave back. Vancouver opens up along the skyline and then shrinks into the distance.

At last, the open sea.

After weeks of glimpsing the ocean between train and bus rides, we're on...

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On the Trail of the Whales: Crossing Borders

(2) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 2:29 PM

I'm not at my best after a 5 a.m. start. I imagine the grey whales will be up now too though, swimming northward, and they don't have coffee.

We're approaching the Canadian border. This is a truly international migration. Having begun in Mexico and traveled through U.S. waters, the whales...

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On the Trail of the Whales: Navigating a Storm

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 3:01 PM

Our next stop following the grey whale migration is Depoe Bay, which calls itself Oregon's whale watching capital.

Getting there by public transport is a challenge. I've navigated this journey remotely from the UK, exploring countless dead ends. I couldn't find a tourism center in Depoe Bay so I...

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On the Trail of the Whales: Deadly Ambush in the Deep

(7) Comments | Posted June 25, 2013 | 7:01 PM

We're speeding north on the Coast Starlight, to our next stop on the grey whale migration route. It's a romantic name for a train, and it's a dreamy ride from Los Angeles, sprinkled with surfers, swimmers, beach houses and a bunch of Airstreams glittering like fish. The sea springs out...

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On the Trail of the Whales

(4) Comments | Posted June 9, 2013 | 4:08 PM

I'm enjoying a seabirds' eye view of pure blue. Ocean and sky are in a gentle mood. The salty breeze whispers of wilder winds far off, as I gaze at a shimmering circle through the binoculars.

I'm scanning the world for whales.

These are the cliffs of Palos Verdes, nosing...

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Where to Tickle a Grey Whale

(9) Comments | Posted June 7, 2013 | 11:06 AM

The lagoons of Baja were the first destination on our journey following the annual grey whale migration. We started where they give birth in Mexico and we are heading for their summer feeding grounds in the Arctic.

I'm traveling with my two-year-old by train, bus, boat and by plane...

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Travelling North

(8) Comments | Posted May 28, 2013 | 5:33 PM

For as long as I can remember, whales have been surfacing for breath in sun and rolling storms; turning and buckling their vast bodies, as they travel through my head. And for years, I've been talking to anyone who will listen about following the annual migration of the grey whale...

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