Greetings my friends and family and thanks for all your quick responses, calls, text messages and other well wishes. Your wishes (and ours) came true in spades today so thanks again for those every so strong thoughts and wishes. NOW do you believe in the power of such positive thinking, synchronicity and serendipity??? <g>
I actually can’t begin to describe today’s total experience and suspect it will take some time for it all to sink in. So in an attempt to provide you with less than the book it would normally take me to do so, here is the condensed bullet point version:
· I’m with my son, beginning what will easily and surely be an experience of both our lifetimes!
· We FINALLY took the first step of the journey! In some ways I guess the past few years have been part of this, but they were preparation for the adventure not the “real” beginning. Today REALLY was that momentous first step.
·Though Skyler suffered from some initial nausea this morning (as did Ruby the boat dog), we had a spectacular day; calm seas, mild wind which was great for us to go through some of the initial drills of setting sails, etc. We awoke (at 4am) to a fantastic morning right out of a movie set with a star studded sky, a quarter moon shining brightly in the lower sky, no wind and glass smooth bay.
I’ve got some photos of Skyler, both in my digital camera and my head, doing the honors of “officially” mounting the Canadian flag on the back of the boat (you don’t keep it up when docked for extended times) with this moon, stars and bay in the background. It is a bit hard to see here but you can make out some of it.
Weather all the way down was spectacular; brilliant blue skies, sunny, low wind, calm seas.
We hit the currents in the GG bridge channel just right and as planned to have the benefit of the flood tide flowing into the bay and the experience of crossing under the GG bridge was even more than we’d imagined.
Diana was wonderful and spent the day following our travels, getting a prescription for some anti seasick “patches” for Skyler in a few hours then and drove down to be at Bonitas Point (entrance to GG bridge channel) to see us and capture it all on film from the shore all along the way into the SF bay and was at the dock to meet us in Sausalito.
· We arrived in Sausalito to spectacularly warm temperatures (for March in SF Bay!), no wind and glass smooth water, found a dock thanks to the canvas maker who did our new cockpit curtains and docked without incident.
· Diana, Skyler and I proceeded into the quaint town of Sausalito, which poignantly enough was the town were Diana and I stayed 20 years ago when Autodesk was “courting” us to join them and move down here, and had a truly memorable diner at a VERY authentic little Italian restaurant we stumbled upon with a view out over the bejeweled shoreline of all of SF and the bay.
Could I possibly be more blessed than to have this opportunity in life and be surrounded by such family and friends? I think not.
We will probably lay over here tomorrow, get a few jobs done locally, catch up on some sleep and then head South some more on Wednesday.
Still have not had the time to set up a blog or web site for this grand adventure yet, but will try to do so soon to post updates, photos, location, etc. In the meantime you may want to try entering the Lat/Long info I’ll put at the end of each note into Google Earth and be transported to our location with the ability to look around and see where we are that day.
Two quick notes if you want to do this in Google Earth:
· Google Earth requires that you enter the Lat/Long info ONLY in Lat/Long order and precisely with the format of either;
o 37 25'19.07"N, 122 05'06.24"W or
o 37 25 19.07 N, 122 05 06.24 W
I’ll do my best to remember to put it in this format for you so you can just cut and paste it into Google Earth
· You can turn on the Lat/Long grid overlay layer in Google Earth by the following keyboard shortcut:
o Windows = Ctl + L
Stay tuned, more to follow to be sure!
Skyler, Wayne & Ruby the boat dog Hodgins
Aboard s/v Learnativity
Schoonmaker Point Marina, Sausalito CA
37 51’ 51”N, 122 29' 16"W