….here in Monterey Bay; we caught it offshore again, and Santa Cruz is full of it, too. We left the Bay area after nearly a month of being tourists, much of it with the boat docked at the excellent Marina Village Yacht Harbor in Alameda. I had an ambitious program of cruising planned, with stops at Clipper Cove, Angel Island, and an extensive exploration of the Delta. None of that happened. We got to Alameda, with it’s lovely views, warm sun, easy living next to markets and bus lines, and just naturally fell to playing tourists. We walked for miles, and bussed, and shuttled, and BART’ed, and Caltrained the entire Bay area. We even got to tour a little by car when a friend came to visit and helpfully supplied one. We also visited with family living in Berkeley, which was a particular treat. But we didn’t cruise. Here are a few scenes from the Bay area:
After a night in Half Moon Bay, which must’ve been the most peaceful anchorage since Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island (well, if not for the fog horn,) we set off for Monterey Bay. The passage was a piece of cake until we got into the Bay, and found out what a “Southwest Swell” means in these waters. The swell wreaked havoc here in Santa Cruz small craft harbor until about today (Friday, 9/19.) Slappey has danced, jumped, and banged against his end-tie berth all week up till now. Today is much calmer in the harbor, with none of the crashing surf of the last few days. We plan to stay here another day or so and then head out for points South. Where to is yet to be decided, but could include San Simeon, Morro Bay, or Port San Luis.