Friday, August 31, 2007
We made it!
Well, we are here in San Francisco after 5 days and 5 nights at sea. (we are experiencing a hardware failure which is preventing us from updating our position, we are NOT still in the middle of the ocean).
Our first big passage is over and the boat and crew handled it very well. We had favorable winds the first four days and had to motor the last 30 hours on a glassy sea! I had no idea the Pacific Ocean could be so calm!
We had front row seats for the lunar eclipse which was spectacular and lasted most of the night. The ocean is a very dark place without the moon!
As we were approaching land and the sun was rising, we were greeted by a pod of 6 dolphins that swam and played with us for about 20 minutes - it was an awesome experience! (click on the link to the right to see the video). Once they left, we were treated to a jumping show by a few seals! None of us had ever seen seals jump before, I guess it's the California way, BC seals are couch potatoes!
It was sunny and clear as we passed under the Golden Gate bridge - rare from what we hear. We are presently in Sausalito which has a very upscale strip of stores and will be hosting an arts event this weekend (lots of big name performers).
We plan to visit Alcatraz and Fishermans Wharf in the next few days and will be in the Bay area for a couple of weeks or so.