They charged down to the beach, hopped in the Zodiac and before long were having a close encounter of the cetacean kind as the whales dove and surfaced 50 yards away. “They were colossal,” Davis recalls. “They were bigger and faster than I had imagined, and we were tiny little people.
What if they knock our boat over?
I thought, What if they knock our boat over? Each whale was like a big black bus going really fast. But they were elusive. I was awed by it. They’re not there for you. They’re not in a cage. It reminded me of how things should be.”
Davis is not your average get-thee-to-a-trainer Hollywood type. True, she was a yoga instructor before getting her big break in 1993 as Brooke Armstrong on Melrose Place, and she was a Spinning fanatic before a friend told her she could lose more inches on the Zone Diet. Besides, “I was pushing all the time,” she says of Spinning. “It was mentally detrimental.” If given her choice, “I have to be out side. I’m much more of an outdoors hiker girl than my character on the show. Charlotte works in an art gallery. She gets cold a lot.”
For Davis, adventure is about “things I haven’t done,” she says. “It’s challenging. I didn’t grow up in an athletic environment; my parents work at a university. So it’s all kind of new and fun. And sometimes I do get scared, but I still want to do it.” A few years back, after a publicity swing through Indonesia for Melrose, she traveled alone through Java and Bali. Her friends told her she couldn’t go by herself. “And I said, `Of course I can.’ You read the guidebooks, you learn the phrases and you go. So in that sense, I’m adventurous. I don’t want to jump out of a plane, though.”
Jumping into a kayak was another matter
Jumping into a kayak was another matter. “I was nervous, but it was so easy,” Davis says. “The Sea of Cortes is as flat as glass when the wind isn’t blowing. And I was out with the pelicans.”
After a taco dinner prepared by the outfitter, Davis crawled into her tent for the night. The outhouse scene was a tad sketchy, but the full moon reflected so brightly on the white sand beach that “it was as if the lights were on,” she says. “There was no one else on this island except for us.” Continue reading