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Well, Here we go - 3 weeks at sea.....AARRRGHHH!!!!!!!  I'm feeling SALTY!!!!

We set out on Saturday to sail straight to San Pedro, Ca.  It should take us about 3 days and we'll sail 24 hours a day.  Mom and Dad will work shifts during the night with me keeping the off watch crew warm, comfortable and appreciated down below.  And as it turned out, I occasionally popped up in the cockpit to make sure the "on watch" crew was appreciated too.  And the part I wasn't so crazy about, I would use my onboard "toilet".  I came to terms with my fate and was providing regular "presents" for the parents by the second day.

I had a talk with my dad and explained how it would work.

Mom seemed happy with the plan.

So I ordered up some chow...

and settled into command.

That, mom....she gets wacky sometimes - she's a tough one to keep in line!

And my dad, can you believe -- it's only the first day and he's napping on the job...

Oh well, I might as well join them (this is my room down below)...

I snuggled with mom as the sun set...

So, at night, the "on watch" crew keeps a look out for ships.  They can tell what kind, what they are doing and which way they are going by their lights.  To be able to do this well, the human eyes need to adjust to the dark so their brains don't get confused ( but they still sometimes still get confused, but don't tell them I said that).  Anyway, so that they can see when they go down below, we have these red lights where my parents need to see (it seems the red lights don't mess up their night vision).  This is what the red light looks like in my room.

Finally, after 2 days, we reach Southern California - but we still have another day to San Pedro.

I'm a happy puppy....

This is what it looks like down below.  Those lines are the lee cloth.  Dad used this mostly, Mom found it more comfortable to sleep with me in my room when she was "off watch".

Dad and I getting some lunch in San Pedro...

Gimmee Gimmee some grass..... I've got YAYAs to get rid of!!!!!!

Overlooking the LA Harbor...

I did some exploring at my grandma and grandpa Davids...  What IS that on this tree???

  

Have to look cute for the mom...

     

Butt scratches from grandma Carol...

The Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club - where we stayed in San Pedro -- they were very nice to us...

LA Harbor is a seriously big place and there are lots of work boats there!

After only a day in San Pedro, we left with grandpa Davids to sail to Catalina.

We got to check out these weird looking dogs on the way out.

  

Whew, it was hot.  When it gets hot, it's usually flat so mom feels ok with taking off my PFD and shoes

On the bow with mom

Grandpa Davids at the helm

Unfortunately when we got there we had a voicemail that my human great Nana was very very sick and we had to return to the mainland to spend a couple of her last days with her and my family.

So I look spunky here and ready for adventures, but really, I am about to experience a most horrible thing for a sweet little doggie....

Yep, that's a muzzle on my snout.  Mom and dad said they really felt sorry for me but this was the only way I was allowed to ride the ferry.  Oh, the humiliation!!!!!!  Don't they know who I am?  I'm Matey the Sailor Pup!!  Not Matey the Snapper Pup!

But it was only an hour, then it was off and I was back relaxing at the pad...

But really, I spent a lot of time alone at home so that mom and dad could visit with Nana.

In a couple of days, it was back with the muzzle on a very crowded ferry ride back to our boat on Catalina.  See, we had to get back to Pacifica because since out fridge was running, we weren't sure it could go more than a couple of days before draining our boat battery. 

When we woke, we received a call from my Aunt Kim that Nana had gone to greener pastures.  I immediately tried to cheer dad up and say we could stop to see her at StillWater Cove on the way home, because that Pebble Beach is the greenest grass I know.  But he said that wasn't possible and we'd be making another trip to the mainland to say goodbye tomorrow.

But today, after a nice game of Rummy in Nana's honor, we tried to take some of her lifelong advice and have some fun, so we set sail for Two Harbors.

There were lots of boat doggies here -- here is one swimming with his dad and learning to use his doggie ladder.

I want to go exploring...

more boat doggies

In addition to lots of boat doggies, there were a whole lotta people -- look at all those dinghies!!!!!

But I just wanted to play on the beach.

After the beach we all went to the MicroBrew Fest.  Mom and dad had to pay a fee but I was free - and I even got to eat some of the cheese they had there.  But I couldn't try the beer so I had to pick my favorite on the name alone.  My choice was this one, the "Flying Dog Ale"  That sounds like my kinda stuff...

After it was over we explored a little in our dinghy...

More boat doggies....

And can you believe this...a CAT boat

Then we walked across to the other side of the island (it's only 1/2 a mile here).  This is the harbor on the other side

Dad found a swing.

The next morning, instead of donning my mouth cuff and taking the ferry, we decided to sail to San Pedro to say goodbye to Nana.

I wore my nice subdued scarf.  Mom and dad decided to bring me because they didn't know how long they would be.  They were very happy that I was crate trained and that I had a little travel crate, that way, they didn't have to worry that anyone would bother me and I would be safe. 

While in San Pedro, we took in a dog park...  this was fun, but the house across the street had a couple of chickens and some chicks running loose.  In my opinion, that looked like more fun, but I couldn't figure how to get to them through the fence.  One other doggie did though --- he's my hero, but I think he got in trouble for it....

That night a beautiful thunder/lightning storm came through.  Mom added the beautiful part - I couldn't see anything from my hiding place in the bedroom...

 

The next day we sailed back to Two Harbors for more exploring and slowly start our way back North.

And of course, play on the beach

 

Another boat doggie - they actually pull him on this floatie with a JetSki...

He swam to shore and we played tug-o-war

The anchorage at Two Harbors

Too soon it was time to leave and head for Santa Barbara Island.  This is our last view of Catalina Island.

  

But that day I made an amazing discovery -- DOLPHINS!!!!!   We saw so many dolphins and every time my parents would say the word, I would come flying into the cockpit and be on full alert.  And after seeing them I would scan the horizon for more.  I finally understood what my parent looked for when I saw them staring out to sea....  I don't know if I'll every get over this feeling.....  ahhhh, DOLPHINS.......

Well, here we are anchored at Santa Barbara Island....Not much here.  Mom wasn't impressed.  It's a beautifully raw and wild anchorage -- and we have tons of those in Northern CA.  This was definitely an open roadstead kinda place.

I helped dad with the anchor

We left early the next morning with the daylight because it was just an uncomfortable place to be (very rolly)

We made it to Santa Cruz Island (Little Scorpian).  But as the sun started to set, the chop built from some system coming, so we had to change anchorages...

Here we are at Smuggler's Cove

I went down below to start to plan our rounding of Pt Conception (we'll be doing that tomorrow)

So, mom thought this was cute that I learned that when they go to the bathroom, I can go up topside and peer down at them through the window.  See most dogs can follow their humans into the bathroom, but on a boat, the room is so small, that I can't fit with them.  So this is how I stay close, the window is usually open and I can talk to them...

The next morning, we headed out on our long trek to Morro Bay.  It would be another overnight sail, but at least it was only one night.

There was some great sailing across the Santa Barbara Channel.  I was definitely getting more comfortable with this sailing stuff.  Noises that used to scare me didn't bother me anymore.  And I had more confidence out at sea...

I just wanted to see more Dolphins!!!!!

So, as you can see, I'm standing on dad's wetsuit.  This is because last night when going around Pt Arguello, he had to jump off the boat.  Mom and dad made me stay below for this, but I heard them talking alot about some kelp on our prop.  But he was the hero - mom leaned over with a super powered light and dad unwrapped the kelp, then he climbed back aboard and we motored on to Morro Bay

And I got to play in the yacht club yard - and on the beach

I tried to bond with the wildlife

Here is our boat from high above

And here is a monument to all of those lost at sea...

we stayed here two nights and met a really nice couple from the Vallejo Yacht Club who is best friends with the skipper that mom used to race for (in fact he's the person who first taught her about sailing before she met my dad - she raced for him for 3 years).

We also me another boat with was also going up the coast on the same schedule as us - but you'll see more of them in Monterey...

Eventually it was time to fuel up and head to San Simeon.  Here we are at the fuel dock - because you have to tie up to a tall dock and climb a ladder, mom didn't bring me to shore.

She did tell me about the tuna boat she saw them unloading.  This boat went all the way to Oregon to catch their fish.  This basket is holding over 1100 lbs of fish....

Here's dad and I being silly at San Simeon

Mom and dad decided to sip champagne and watch all the boats come in to anchor.  San Simeon is the last anchorage before you pass Pt Sur on the way up the coast - or the first anchorage after.  It's about 10-12 hours from the point - so usually people need a rest here unless they are just heading straight through.

San Simeon from a distance.  It's around 7am and we are starting our leg around the point to Monterey.

OK, it got Nasty.  It ended up that the forecast was not only adjusted up from the time we left, but it was also wrong and blew more than predicted. 

Hmmm, I can think of lots of other things I'd rather be doing (mom and dad agree with me on this one)

This is me at the time the above photo was taken

And this is dad.  It wasn't fun, but it was part of the adventure...

Finally we made it to Monterey about 1am in the morning.  The harbormaster was super nice and greeted me very welcomingly when we checked into the office.

In the morning we had a big breakfast at LuLu's ( we skipped dinner last night, none of us were in the mood to eat anything)

Followed by a romp on the beach, and a bath -- AACK!!!!

Here we met up with the crew of Chimere.  They were sailing their boat back to San Francisco - we saw them in Morro Bay, then San Simeon.  On the same days they were going to Santa Cruz, then Half Moon Bay, then San Francisco.  It's nice having another boat to share your passage tales with and relax with after a rough one.  We enjoyed margaritas (or mom and dad did) on their boat in Monterey.

  

Once again, after topping off fuel, we headed to Santa Cruz.    It was a great sail - probably the best of the trip.

So when we get there, with my YAYA tank full, I see this bird on the dock next to us.   I really wanted to chase it, but mom said no...

I had to settle for a romp to the lighthouse

The breakwater was some huge cement jacks -- dad and I posed on them....

A Santa Cruz boat doggie

And here are our friends on Chimere...

We started out motoring, we were originally heading for Half Moon Bay, but when we got close, the tides were working for us to hit the Gate - we weren't stressed and it was an easy ride, so we decided to head all the way home to Berkeley.

I was still pretty alert about all I could see on the ocean as we headed into the Gate.  In fact mom and dad were having a hard time keeping me off the bow -- I wanted to ride the waves!!!!!

But we got home to our slip around 9:30 at night and we had another full day to adjust back to our regular lives.  Boy it sure was nice to be a cruising family - even if it was for only 3 weeks...

 

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