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Thursday, September 30, 2010

9/30/2010 - Last day in Benicia

I can't believe this is the last day of September already. It's also our last day in Benicia. Tomorrow morning we'll sail down to San Leandro for the Northern California Westsail Owners' Rendezvous. We'll be joined by about 18 other Westsail boats although it looks like we'll be the only 28 footer. If the weather is as nice as it has been, should be a really good weekend.

We've had a nice time here in Benicia, albeit mighty busy for a couple slugabeds like us. Here we are, nestled among the big buck boats that are so prevalent in this marina.

This morning we arose fairly early (for us) so we could get a few chores done while we still had wheels. We did our laundry and then did a big grocery run. We got to thinking that it might be a little while before we're close to a grocery store again although if we manage to get to Santa Cruz before Scott and Sandy take off I'm sure they'd see to it we got to the store. But barring that, we're looking to anchor in Half Moon Bay then stop in Santa Cruz and maybe Monterey. After that it's Morro Bay, maybe San Simeon, possibly San Luis Obispo and then out to the Channel Islands before heading to Two Harbors on Santa Catalina. But those are all anchorages and trips to the store may not be feasible. So, we loaded up today. Kind of a hassle trying to stow everything but it's good to know it's there.

Once we got done with our chores, w drove to Sacramento to return the car to Lea and Gino. On the way back to Benicia, we treated them to lunch at Mary's Pizza Shack in Dixon. Very, VERY mall price to pay for the use of their car for a week and a half.

Our benefactors and our trusty steed.

Although it was cooler this morning than it had been the last few mornings, by the time we got back from Sacramento it was time to open the hatches and ventilate the boat.

We spent the afternoon lazing around in the cockpit, reading and dozing.

And, although you can't tell by looking, Lulu, multi-tasker that she is, is even defrosting the refrigerator while seemingly just sitting around reading. Amazing, huh?

We couldn't have asked for better weather while we've been here. We've been reminded time and again that this is really unusual weather for this time of year but we've also heard that this has been the coldest, weirdest summer that anyone can remember in a long time. Whatever. All we know is that while we were here the days were in the 80s and 90s. Even in downtown San Francisco. There was only one night that was a skosh on the warm side for sleeping but a couple of fans helped that until things started to naturally cool off after midnight sometime.

So, in spite of all my carping about parking costs and lack of food in taverns, I have to say that we have had a good time. However, we are ready to move on. Really looking forward to the WOA Rendezvous but after that it will be really nice to get back in the cruising groove. We're just hoping the unseasonably warm weather follows us right on down the coast.


Anonymous said...

Good morning, Steve & Lulu: Good luck and good sailing. Love to both of you - Nancy

Mid-Life Cruising! said...

The WOA Rendezvous sound like a great time! Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Excellant point you just made. High dollar boats are sitting tied up while your little masterpiece is on the move! Have fun. Ken