Here is what really got me off-target - VACATION. I really needed it this year. In the photos below, if there is a black image protruding from the water, it is a whale. I saw probably 20-25 spouts a day and had a couple of opportunities to watch whales flirting with the boats and playing pretty close to the deck where I was staying.
Most days, it was sunny and beautiful, at least for the afternoon. The mornings had some fog and low clouds, but it was beautiful then, too.