We made it! After all the things we broke along the way, its a feeling of relief as we come into the view of the golden gate. For me this is my first time sailing into San Francisco Bay. The overwhelming feeling of nostalgia, accompanied by the satisfying feeling of accomplishment. I only learned to sail just 3 years prior to now… I fell head over heels with the idea and look how far we’ve made it.
As we made our way through the bay, Steve called around as we made our way across the bay looking for a slip to park the boat. Luckily, he found one relatively easy at the Oakland Yacht Club. We checked in and were exhausted and so hungry. Right next door was a new Chinese food place. We walked in and were seated right away. The place maybe a little more authentic then we had in mind. Everyone working dressed like they were in a casino and could hardly speak English. One by one the servers came around to sell us food off of trays. Delirious and confused, we attempted to order food. Thankfully none of which was pigs or chicken feet. The whole scene was hilarious and would naturally be the first place we ended up.
Later on that afternoon, Randal came by and picked us up. We did laundry, took lengthy showers, ate pizza and enjoyed comfortable beds.
I can’t put into words how nice the simple comforts of land living can be. The first real shower in 3 weeks! “Thank 9 pound 3-ounce lord baby Jesus!” On board we have a somewhat shower… while standing in something the size of a tiny closet the other must pass you a bucket full of salt water. Being tossed back n’ forth, you then have to try and pour the water over your head while attempting to get most of the water into the toilet or sink, to pump the water out of the boat. It’s not an easy task to say the least but sometimes it’s just worth the struggle.
A huge comfortable bed, with fluffy white comforter and clean sheets! OMG, like sleeping on a dream!!! During passage making due to leaks, Kelsey and I have to sleep in the salon. The bed just barely fits the two of us. In rough weather (most of the time) I have to dig my arms and legs into the cushions as an anchor to keep on my side of the bed / from squishing Kelsey.
Laundry, Clean, Fresh, Warm Clothes! Due to the extensive leaks on the boat every single article of clothing and blanket, towels etc. needed to be washed. Nothing as unpleasant as taking off gross wet clothes just to put on damp salty new ones.
Maybe a little too much detail but the simple luxuries are pretty damn nice!
Well, after 27 days at sea we got a well needed brake from the boat and just in time to celebrate Kelsey’s birthday. We visited with freinds and toured around the city. Drinking, seeing the signts and of course catching up on season six came of thrones as we nursed our hangovers. To say the least we had a great time.