"We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our
hand - and melting like a snowflake."
- Francis Bacon
Sunday, September 1, 2013
Redwoods to Encinal Yacht Club, Alameda, California!
If you've been following this religiously then you'll notice I took a couple of days off from reporting. Blame it on exhaustion. On Friday, Ben and Samey and I left Crescent City at 10:15 am after one last swim in the pool (nobody was eager to get back in the car), and headed south.
Goal? Make it it Marcus and Max by nighttime. And what an incredibly spectacular drive. 101 South in California is just so beautiful.
The redwoods took my breath away. Avenue of the Giants was incredible. If you've never seen them, you just can't imagine their magnitude and their magnificence.
A fallen giant almost as big as Ben!
Two mighty beings
We had to make several stops throughout the day (where's my pink crayon, I gotta go pee, I want ice cream, I can't find my headphones, I'm hungry, I gotta go pee again...) which set us back a bit but every stop was worth it. I also loved Mendocino County, Sonoma County - the vineyards, the rolling hills - driving through just as dusk set in. It was a very long but rewarding drive. And then, thanks to my beloved cousins Richard and Martha, I learned that the Bay Bridge was closed for the weekend and, with their help, we had to do a long detour in stop-and-go traffic and by the time we rolled into the Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda at 9 pm, I was spent. But we were SO glad to see not only Marcus and Max but also Pete and Rachelle there waiting to welcome us.
Oh, those silly bowls never get old!
We spent Saturday and most of today unpacking the car, packing up the boat, deciding what stays and what will go back in the Highlander with Holm when he drives it back up to Seattle. Ginny James came today for lunch at the Yacht Club and sat with us in the sun for a few hours while the kids swam and swam.
The Magnificent Ginny James
Pete and Marcus have been working on fixing some rigging problems and I decided it was time to update the blog. Lazy days here. Feels fine.