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Aug 4, 2009 - Just for the Halibut!

We spent our last night at the Hotel Galleria in the financial district of SF and after a quick breakfast checked out and back into another SF hotel, the Holiday Inn Express in Fisherman's Wharf. We explored the wharf, Mike loved Ghiradelli Square and all its chocolate! We also saw the crookedest street in the world Lombard St which was pretty crazy. We then took a 1:45 ferry to Alcatraz Island and took an audio tour of the cellhouse. It was a really great tour. The weather has been beautiful, chilly but sunny, and most of us have gotten a...

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Jun 14, 2009 - Sausalito

Sunday began with a visit to St.Vincent De Paul a historic old church which is a landmark in Petaluma. The stained glass windows are magnificent and the Gothic interior most inspiring. They had a fabulous children's choir and a most accomplished violinist and piano player-the music alone made the day. We then headed by car to Sausalito and spent another impressive day shopping and sightseeing the city across the bay from San Francisco. What panoramas! Again the sun sparkled upon the water while numerous sailboats heeled to the swift gusts...

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Apr 10, 2009 - Sausalito is a cool little place

Yesterday we had a nice slow morning start, which we both really liked. Then we headed down to the Wharf to catch our bus to go over the golden gate bridge. What a bridge it is. They paint it continually, it takes a year to paint it totally then they start right over again. We stopped at a vista point to take some pics and then headed back through the city to see Nob hill, where Madonna has top floor of a huge condo and Nicholas Cage has the floor right below-the view of the city and bay that they have is so wonderful. We went through china...

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Mar 26, 2009 - "Jumping Ship"

Well after months of planing, going through the ordeal of getting inoculations and subscription medication for any and every disease under the tropical sun. we are now on dry land. We had differences with the owner and it was decided that it would be best if we parted company rather than spend eight months together. We are leaving Panama tomorrow (Friday 27th March) We hope to get to LAX but the flights out of Miami do not look too good, so we may have to stay in Miami for a few days. We hope you enjoy the photos of the Panama zoo and old...

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Mar 15, 2009 - Transiting the Panama Canal 14th and 15 March 2009.

The Panama Canal is in three parts – from Colon a series of locks up to the Gatun lake that is about 50 miles wide, then another series of locks down to Balboa on the Pacific side. In order to transit the canal system the boat must be capable of 4 knots under engine. Sails may not to be hoisted in lock areas, but we can motor-sail across the lakes. We have to declare our cruising speed then authorities decide if we are potentially a one day transit – most yachts take 2 days anchoring for the night in the lake before descending to the...

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Mar 13, 2009 - Panama at last

Panama at last. We finally made it.Got to the Shelter Bay Marina, Colon where our yacht was waiting.. Michael the owner/skipper was surprised to see us as we had lost communication due to making our way from Australia. The travel time was about 40 hours. On arrival to Panama we got an email from him saying that he was going to line-handle on another persons yacht named Gipsy Days through the Panama Canal. Four line handlers are required on the boat, plus a helmsman, and the official Canal Pilot. Four heaving lines, each with a large monkey...

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Jul 24, 2008 - Lost and Tired

While on Hwy 1, I came to a T in the road where one sign pointed toward Hwy 101 and another pointed toward Petaluma. I had never heard of Petaluma, but knew 101 was not the way. Petaluma is a very pretty little town in the middle of wine country. It is also on 101. Sigh. So, I wound up on the wrong road which meant I had bypassed the Charles Schultz museum. Good grief. That's disappointing. I'm not sure why, but I was incredibly tired today…like I had taken painkillers or something. I had to pull off and take a 2 hour nap in the backseat...

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Apr 13, 2008 - A Boat Ride On The Bay!

Not just any boat ride, mind you! This was aboard the 47 foot aluminum Coast Guard cruiser for the Golden Gate Station's search and rescue team, compliments of our friend, Bobby, Norm's next door neighbor. Station Golden Gate is one of the Coast Guard's nineteen designated surf stations and the busiest search and rescue station on the West Coast, averaging over 600 search & rescue cases and more than 300 law enforcement boardings each fiscal year. The station is one of several San Francisco Bay Area units responsible for offshore or open...

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