One Horizon Traded For Another Horizon..
June 5 2017
As promised, my journey of adventures continues after my departure from the boat. Taking on this nomadic sailor's role, I've accumalated questions that should always be asked of the would be skipper of any boat.
Size of the Vessel? Condition of Engine? Emergency Comms onboard? Crew Quarters? Provisions? Experience of existing crew and skipper / captain? I have a few new ones I'll now be adding to my list for any skipper / captain. Have you ever crossed an ocean? Do you have any mobility issues that would cause a delay in their response time in an emergency scenario under sustained squall conditions for 24-48 hours? Do you have physical restrictions of donning a Mustang survival suit without the assistance of another? Do you have the complete confidence and support of those attending your bon voyage party? I look forward to the next vetting of a skipper, as it will be more thoroughly processed.
As my departure day drew to an end, laundry was done, my new friends we're respectfully captured in my lens and offered an unexpected authenticity that was a pleasant surprise. I wish them Safe and Prosperous roads ahead. I walked my seabag up to my car in Sausalito, I was temporarily stopped by a seaworthy couple just returning from beyond. I volunteered to grab their dockline to aid in their securing of docklines, conversation ensued. In speaking of the previous plan, now left behind me, he assured me that I 'was a very smart man for making this life altering decision'. With that, I loaded my Subaru, grabbed a bowl of chowder and a cold soda... ;-) and before I set my course for Monterey, I stopped in to a small corner store and was jabbed by the hands of fate one last time with a reference of Kauai... it brought a closing smile to my face..
I did get a call from a would be skipper with a clean, open air vessel, homey quarters and state of the art outboard... after one look, I respectfully denied the offer, I believe had you been there, you would have agreed. Hoping my learning curve continues to grow.
Sunday drive from Sausalito to Monterey.... highly recommended, beautiful oasis panoramic, funky neighborhoods of San Fransisco.... and eventually farmlands of Kiwi's, Brussel Sprouts and Avocados so cheap, it defies explanations why they’re so costly at your local market.
Arrival in Monterey was to no fanfare, but a comfortable bed, not distracted by halyards banging and gulls squawking.
It should go without saying that a trip to the wholesale fish market and the beach was in order. So I obliged.... it's now the night before I leave, met some new friends and shared great conversations and smiles only to realize... I have no destination tomorrow. So on that note... I will finish closing my eyes,, chase a few dreams and wake rested. As I hope you do the same the next time you get the opportunity.