BYC Benicia     

Well,  This weekend mom and dad explained that we were going to be able to spend 3 days together having adventures.  They also prepared me about raft up up to another boat.  It turned out that we were on the outside, so I had to walk across another boat to get to the dock.  It was kinda fun -- like little obstacles (under this line, around the pole, under the hammock, under these two lines with a little jump in the middle).  We woke up early on Saturday - I knew it was early because I didn't have to do too much to get them to finally get up, only my little usual growly talks (arooooouuuuugh)...

We headed out and were surprised to see whitecaps already - We left at 8:30 in the morning, usually it's calm at that time.

So I snuggled down below in my aft den (mom sets up up nice and cozy for me)...

Mom has started playing music for me when we sail - she thinks it might help calm me when things happen that I don't understand (but I heard her say that she likes to hear the music down below anyway).  She created a play list of some of the calming type music that they normally listen to.  Here is a pic of the set up that they have -- they keep this music thing called an ipod in the chart table (and yes, one day we will replace that tired looking radio).

Dad and John tried to see if our instruments had a timer because there was going to be a race from the Richmond Bridge to the Carquinez Bridge.  But it ended up not being necessary because mom forgot to start the timer (too busy enjoying the sail) and dad wanted to put up the spinnaker anyway (that would disqualify us).

Here's a picture of Red Rock, it is the only island in the SF Bay that is for sale (at least it was a couple of years ago and I'm guessing it still is - I wouldn't want to live there, but there is a really good beach there).

This is the Richmond Bridge after we passed under it.  In an earlier adventure (Paradise cove) there is a picture of me volunteering for homeland security by scaring away one of those buoys hanging around during construction.

These islands are called the brothers - they look like each other - I can see it....  It's a bed and breakfast now. But just between us, mom confided to me that the little white one kinda stinks,  It seems the birds like to do their business on it without cleaning up.  Maybe we should install a poopie bag holder there?

By this time the spinnaker was up and I came out to see the sights.

We passed this cool looking boat...

Dad is happiest when the big sail is flyin'.

This is our neighbor "Liberty"

And this is us... 

Notice our spinnaker is now in the cockpit (that bit of red in the back of the boat).  That's because that jaw of the pole spit out it's line and it went flying.  Of course while the line whizzed out of the pole, it burned through about 6 layers of our jib (which is now at the sail makers being repaired).  In addition to that, the force of us being knocked on our side broke the steering bracket that attaches our wheel to the boat.  See, this is why I stay down below in my safe room - I don't understand this stuff...  I heard mom say she was scared too...

We were able to sail into Benicia just fine - though we did have our emergency tiller ready just in case.  This was also the reason we took a long walking tour of Benicia to the hardware store (about 5 miles up a big hill).  It was so hot.  The people at Starbucks were nice enough to give me my own little cup of water...

But all is better after we are checked in and dad fixed our steering.

This is my most favorite part of sailing -- jumping in the dinghy...

We spent lots of time sitting and hanging around (I was sure to find some shade to relax in)...

Or playing on the beach (I was a running fool!!!!)...

  

Here I'm convincing mom that she needs to row me around the marina (I ran ahead of her and jumped in the dinghy).

Or walking around downtown.  They had a parade, but I didn't get to see it because it happened around the same time mom and dad went to dinner at a restaurant (I took a nap in the boat).

Oh, the town was so great to walk around, the little shops even put water bowls out for doggies like me...

Here is the Benicia yacht club float...

Mom taught me to drink out of a human water fountain.  That was special, I'm used to the doggie water fountains at the dog parks.  I learned really fast, she just had to show me once - then I was a pro.  I would even walk to the fountain by myself when we passed to tell her I wanted some water (I needed help with the button part).

Mom and I posed with the big propeller.

This is our side of the raft up - we are the first boat on the outside (with the green stripe)

Some other boat doggies (mom says she's going to try to take more pictures of boat doggies out there that we come across, I think it's a good idea).  But these live on a big powerboat.

Another sailing dog...

Back on the boat and doing a "high 5" with dad.

Back to the beach...

Now this is a sign that all doggies LOVE to see...

Me with the weird statue - we couldn't figure out was it was for, but it was perfect for sitting and had a great view of the Straight!!!

Finally after a fun filled weekend, I'm taking a snooze on the way home

... little did I know that there would be FIREWORKS when I got home....  YOWSER!!!!!  Glad that's over!

 

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