s/v Solstice

John and Shirlee's incredible adventure

10 December 2009 | Cartagena, Spain
11 October 2007 | Long Beach, CA
10 October 2007 | Long Beach, CA
08 October 2007 | Lala land
07 October 2007 | Oxnard, CA
06 October 2007 | Oxnard, CA
04 October 2007
04 October 2007
03 October 2007 | Oxnard, CA
02 October 2007
30 September 2007
27 September 2007 | Morro Bay, CA
25 September 2007
23 September 2007
22 September 2007
20 September 2007 | Monterey, CA
18 September 2007 | Monterey, CA
15 September 2007 | Emeryville, CA
14 September 2007 | Emeryville, CA
12 September 2007 | Emeryville, CA

Butchart Gardens

16 May 2007
We couldn't have asked for nicer weather for our walk in the gardens. It was beautiful: partly cloudy, not too warm nor too cool. The dinghy dock is very clean, and we learned on our return that someone is assigned to keep the bird droppings scrubbed off. May seems to be the perfect time to see the maximum number of flowers. There were even a few daffodils and iris, but the roses hadn't bloomed yet. It really was spectacular, second only to Keukenhof among the gardens I've seen.

Yesterday evening we saw otters in the cove. We suspect that they were river otters because this really isn't the type of environment that sea otters favor. They like the kelp forests. One of the garden staff told us that there's a lot of wild life in the cove. Minks like to come up to the pond by the visitors' center and breakfast on the koi, which could explain why we didn't see any koi.
Vessel Name: Solstice
Vessel Make/Model: Sceptre 41
Hailing Port: San Francisco, CA, USA
Crew: John Forbes and Shirlee Smith
About: Our crew is Märzen (our miniature dachshund) and whoever else is aboard at the moment, if anyone. We welcome friends and family to join us as crew for specific legs of our voyage or to visit at a destination.
Extra: We left San Francisco May 1, 2006, on our proposed 10-year voyage, now reduced to five years due to the economic crisis. Visit our home website for photos, more words, and links.
Home Page: http://www.svsolstice.com
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Who: John Forbes and Shirlee Smith
Port: San Francisco, CA, USA