After we got off the boat, we decided to drive to the lighthouse itself and walk to the wetlands behind it, which are full of crabs and egrets. Then we went to Jennette's Pier, which has a small aquarium and a long elevated walkway from which one can see right through the clear water to the rays and skates as well as the fish people were trying to catch. Cheryl had to drive home after dinner, so we went out for Thai food, said goodbye to her, and took a walk on the beach!
...of which we got to see many!
We went out with the same tour company last year and had good luck then too.
Annual pic of my kids at Bodie Lighthouse...
...and all of us on the walkway to the wetlands overlook.
I know it's hard to tell from my photo, but this is the first ray I have ever seen in the wild!