Catch up time....
07 September 2011 | Half Moon Bay
Sept 3, 2011 This morning we woke up and decided it was time to head out and see Angel Island and Treasure Island, so we untied the lines from the mooring buoy and off we went. It was a beautiful sunny day as we headed over to Angel Island which is where they used to hold the immigrants until they were cleared. It is a state park and was very busy when we got there as this was a US long weekend also so we carried onto Treasure Island. Treasure Island is a nice anchorage but you have to watch your depths when you go in, we had a foot under our keel. The winds were up to 20 knots so we decided not to stay there and headed back to Sausalito Yacht Club to the mooring buoy.
Sept 4th We were told that the eggs Benedict at the yacht club are excellent and we can confirm that they are! After breakfast we headed off to PIER 39 in San Francisco bay for a couple of nights, this is where the Sea Lions have their own dock space. The first thing we did was book our Wine Tour at the California welcome centre at Pier 39, so wine tour tomorrow.....looking forward to it! We took a trip on the bus and then the street car to Market and 3rd so we could get an AT&T sim card for the phone, they have a plan that is $2 per day, unlimited phone calls within the US and unlimited texting within Canada and the US. Phone calls to Canada are 19 cents per minute. You only pay the $2 if you use the phone that day, this is an awesome plan. The rest of the day was spent relaxing and wondering around the shops.
Sept 5th Today is the wine tour to Napa and Sonoma Valley, we had a brisk walk to the City Sightseeing Tours location for 8:45am. Richard our driver informed us that he was waiting for a new bus as the door did not close on the one he has, so we left a little late. He stopped at the other side of the Golden Gate bridge for a photo stop. All throughout the tour he gave us history and information of the areas we passed and of the wine industry in general. We stopped at 3 wineries and had almost 2 hours in Sonoma for lunch. All in all we had a great day! When we got back to the boat we saw a not taped to our enclosure, it was from Margie and Mel on Iridium....they were docked just in front of us. So off we went to visit with them and catch on how their trip was from Victoria down.....they had an exciting trip, a little uncomfortable for sure. Dinner at a local eatery and laundry were next on the agenda for the day.
Sept 6th As we were getting the boat ready to leave we met a New Zealand family on �"Pacific Pacer�", they had sailed to Samoa and then Hawaii and now are in San Francisco. In talking to them they are planning the same trip as us so it will be great to meet up along the way. They are heading across the Atlantic as well. We said our �"see ya later�" to Margie and Mel and headed off to Half Moon Bay in fog with 1 mile visibility, this did clear as the day went by.