Hi, this is Karis, and guess what? I’m in Santa Cruz! So, on Friday the 18th at about one in the morning we fired up the engine and headed out from Pillar Point Harbor. We decided to leave at that time because the tide would be with us then and if we waited, there would be a southerly (coming from the South) wind that would make going down-coast much more cold, wavy, and unpleasant altogether. In addition to that, later on in the weekend, there was going to be a small storm coming in and we knew that we could either go now or be forced wait for another few days. We decided that now was the best time and got the last few things ready before catching a couple z’s.
Fortunately, Mom and Dad decided that it wasn’t necessary for me to be awake and helpful that early morning, so I stayed warm in bed all night. Toby and Dad took the first watch and sent Mom back down inside for the rest of the night. During the night, neither the wind or the waves were too high, but it was still very cold. A little before sunrise Toby came in to wake me and Mom up and we took over. It is amazing how fast you wake up in the cold wind and the new sun. During the rest of the way over we saw a sea otter and a pod of dolphins that raced by our boat. The otter was certainly cute, but the dolphins were really gorgeous. They were coming at us head on and you could see a gray streak coming by and then realized it was a dolphin! All I can say is that they were gone too soon.
We got to the Santa Cruz small boat harbor, (yes, even at 45 feet we are still a “small boat”) and docked a few minutes after lunch. It was sunny and warm, but the only catch was that the flies were out in force, the only thing keeping us indoors.
P.S. from kristin: I think I had a setting for leaving comments set incorrectly. In case any of you have wanted to leave any comments and been unable to, hopefully now it should be good to go. And sorry for the delay in posting this post, we’ve enjoyed a delightfully full weekend in Santa Cruz – filled with wonderful visits with family and friends – thanks to all! 🙂 Hopefully heading to Monterey soon, will let you know when we know!