12 July 2010

Birthday Sailing ...

For his birthday I bought Mike & I tickets on a 4 hour sailing adventure aboard the 'Californian' (a Tall Ship).

The 'Californian' is a replica of a 'Revenue Cutter Ship' which patrolled the California coastline enforcing federal law from the mid 1800's through the early 1900's.

It is considered by many to be the 'father' of today's Coast Guard.


Yup, we heard quite a few people humming this song as we pull away from the dock.

 "Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship

The mate was a mighty sailin' man,
the Skipper brave and sure,
five passengers set sail that day,
for a three hour tour,
a three hour tour ..."

 


The weather was cloudy and cool but we did get some sunshine (and sunburns) later in the day.

We had just gone out on sailing on the bay for the 4th of July but since most of that sailing was at night and not aboard a Tall Ship I decided that it would be nice to go out again for his birthday.

So, off we went ...


We had a crew of 8 (only the captain is a paid employee the other 7 are volunteers) and 45 passengers.

The captain told us that the Maritime Museum is kept 'afloat' by army of volunteers & interns who log over 65,000 man hours  each year.  

They maintain, repair, build and sail the ships, run the museum and give classes as well as seeing to numerous other administrative and fund-raising tasks. 

Passengers are invited and encouraged to help with the setting of the sails once the ship is moving. 

It takes quite a bit of man power to hoist all those canvas sails (below you can see Mike helping)

 
Unfortunately, it was not only cloudy most of the day on Saturday but there was also very little wind ...

But, every now and then the sails would catch a gust or two ...


A Happy Birthday sailor ...


We passed by this bait boat (below) and it was surrounded by seagulls.  

The Captain explained that it was called a 'bait boat' because it went trolling for small fish that is sold to the sport fishermen.

Fast food for the seagulls, I guess ... 


We also saw pelicans and sea lions lounging along the breakwaters. 

Although I could see them with my binoculars they were too far away for me to get a good picture of.  

However, I did get a good shot of these two sunning on a buoy ...


Later in the afternoon we did get some sun and I have the sunburn to prove it.  

Actually, I heard on the News the other day that even if it's cloudy, 'If you can see your shadow - you need sunscreen'.

Note to self: Always remember the sunscreen!


They fired the guns as we were pulling up to the dock ...


After the sailing adventure we went down &  into the Russian submarine.

Creepy ...

and eerie ...




very, very eerie ...

Not your average luxury liner ...


Mike could have stayed inside that thing all day but it was too to confined a space for me and after a quick walk through I left him there ... 


reading ...

Mike has to read every single note and sign in the museum.

After finishing up the sailing adventure, visiting the museum and wandering around the waterfront for a while we stumbled upon this scene ....


A swarm of bees had taken up residence in a Pedicab ...



The Pedicab driver told me that it wasn't a hive of bees just a swarm that had gathered on his cab while he was eating lunch.


He called the Harbor Police to help (there were 3 cops) and they roped the area off and called a Bee Removal company ....


And he literally sucked up the bees up with a shop vac ....

They take the bees & mosquitos very seriously around here ...
 
A couple of weeks ago and man not far from here was swarmed and killed when he disturbed a hive of killer bees.

The state is worried about West Nile Virus - due to the fact that there are so many empty houses and abandoned pools around here right now because the house then sits empty and the power to the house is shut off.  The pool are left full of standing water ...



The state then goes around checking on the houses and adding mosquito fish to the pools to ensure that mosquito larvae can't survive in the pool.    

They post signs on the homes so that when the house is sold the new owners will know to clean the pool properly in order to remove the fish.



"Breathe. Let go.
And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.” 
- Oprah Winfrey -

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1 comment:

  1. wow that sounds like a big day and a wonderful birthday as well
    the bees would have really creeped me out I think.
    See ya in 10 sleeps!!!!
    jen

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