I should have left 15 minutes earlier
29 May 2013 | Port San Luis
I should have left 15 mins earlier when I saw the boat start to turn. It was calm with barely a breath of wind. My plan was to leave then but I was in the middle of doing things so I thought I would just watch a little longer... Bad move. In the time it took me to finish and gather my things up there were white caps all around...it took me 10-15 mins tops. Luckily, they were not big yet so I stayed relatively dry on the way in. As I was approaching the landing I was making loud noises to get the huge bull sea lion to jump off. There were multitudes of tourists watching. The blasted sea lion would not budge. I had to ram the landing with the dingy not one time...but 3 times before he jumped off. Since I was in a rubber boat I just bounced off and he tourists seemed more amused than irritated at me so that was good. I then dropped off my bags on the landing to go tie up the dingy. There was another dingy there but it was cross tied to the closer buoy and the farther ladder. How does that help me with my shorter line on the stern? It doesn't. I tied to the closer buoy and made 3 attempts at getting to the closer ladder but I kept getting blown off. I then figured I could cross tie as well and use the other dingy to pull myself to the farther ladder. I retied the stern line to the handle so it would be a little longer, motored to the other dingy, killed the motor, and pulled up to the ladder as the other dingies line got caught on the oars, the motor, and anything else that was sticking up in my dingy. After getting untangled, I climbed the ladder and tied off the painter. I went and got my stuff off of the landing before the huge sea lion came back. While I was looking down on the dingy I saw the the rope from the other dingy was tight and rubbing our dingy. Drats. The wind was only going to get stronger and it could actually cause some chafing. So, I went back down and adjusted the painter. It looked ok for a minute and then the dingies went back to the same position. So I went down again and untied it and hoped the painter was long enough to walk it to the other ladder. At this point a nice German couple asked if I needed assistance. I told them I was fine but they stayed around just in case. I figure that I must not have looked too calm and collected at that point. I climbed back down the ladder once again and got the very end of the painter. I went back up and walked it over and climbed down the other ladder and tied it off. The dingies were no longer touching/rubbing each other. As I climbed up the nice German couple moved my bags to the other ladder. I thanked them and then walked to my car. I went ahead and went out on the walk that I had planned to do even though I had already gotten my work out for the day. Today I am going to stick around the boat.