WE DID IT!
Today we cut the docklines and headed out from Brisbane Marina, our home port for the past ten months, to begin our pelagic existence! After six years of planning and dreaming and saving, it's finally happening!
The past six months have been pretty tough: unrelenting must-do lists, purchases, photo scannings, estate and garage sales, donations, pet rehomings, house preparations, boat preparations, real estate transactions, vehicle sales, paperwork, passport renewals, address changes, insurance changes, and many, many goodbyes. Some things were down to the wire: our house sale closed four days ago, and our last vehicle was donated yesterday, but in the end, it All Got Done.
On departure day, the wind was uncharacteristically calm, and we had plenty of time for last minute stowing, as we waited for the morning's minus tide to fill in enough for SCOOTS to leave the marina. A couple of our Brisbane dockmates, Lou (with buddy dog Bear) and Ed, were on hand when I backed SCOOTS out of her slip at 12:25 pm local time. Both have plans to head south within the year, so we're hoping to catch up with them again in Mexico. I hope so; I have a hard time with goodbyes.
Lou came up with the idea of having a ceremonial "dockline cutting," for which he provided scissors and a piece of string, and even took pictures. Bear joined us in the photo. Lou also took photos of SCOOTS leaving the marina, so we'd have a record of the Big Event. Thanks, Lou!
Out in the Bay, the butterflies in my stomach that had awakened me at 4 am all took wing and I was filled with such giddiness that I drove SCOOTS in a donut before continuing on our course. Eric and I bumped fists, and then grinned all the way to Alameda...
...where Eric executed a fabulous portside docking in reverse along the Encinal Yacht Club guest dock. We'll stay here for a couple of days and attend the Baja Haha Crew Party on site tomorrow night.
NOW, the real adventure begins!