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#546955 - 06/23/13 09:17 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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they made it under the golden gate bridge despite the fog..... That was a LONG day!


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#546956 - 06/23/13 10:05 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Day 8
Today was a real record breaker for us. We left the dock in complete darkness at 0446, our earliest start. We crossed the bar coming out of Eureka in total darkness and fairly heavy fog, our first. We headed out into the ocean and had run almost an hour before the first signs of daylight showed up, our first predawn departure. And today will be the longest day weve been out, both in total hours and total miles.

As Im typing this its almost 6:00 p.m. Were about 45 minutes out of San Francisco Bay. By the time we enter the bay well have well over 200 miles and by the time we anchor for the night (another first) we will have cruised somewhere around 13.5 hours, another first.

Fortunately its been mostly a relaxing day. The swells have been less than 2 most of the day and there havent been many areas where there were wind waves. The bar crossing coming out of Eureka was pretty flat and we expect to enter SF Bay on a slack tide or slight ebb. That should also be a non-event.

Dinner is in the crock pot (Pork Tenderloin with potatoes and carrots) and cottage cheese and maybe some broccoli. Stuart doesnt like broccoli so that may get nixed.

This afternoon we had to go off the autopilot and weave our way through a fleet of fishing boats as we got within 50 miles of SF. That was about the only excitement weve had all day. To be honest, its been somewhat of a long, boring day, but thats better than the rough day we had going to Ilwaco.

Well we finally make it. We passed beneath the Golden Gate Bridge around 7:00 and were anchored inside around 7:15. We made it. It seemed at times like we were never going to get here, but were in. Tomorrow well make the 72 mile trip up to Stockton and the trip will be done. Doug and I will be flying back to Seattle on Tuesday then Ill jump in GWs car and head for home.

As always after one of my long trips Ill post some notes on my memories and thoughts about the trip. But for now, the first margarita is gone, theres another standing by and probably another after that.

Tired but happy GFC





















I have some videos but Ill wait until tomorrow a.m. to upload those.

We're going to have some pork roast then probably another adult beverage or three, then we're headed to bed.


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#546960 - 06/23/13 10:56 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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#546963 - 06/23/13 11:33 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC, thanks again for the vids. Glad to see you guys safe in Frisco Bay (I can say that cuz I was born in Frisco..otherwise it's San Francisco! :))

Enjoyed the trip with you.


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#546964 - 06/23/13 11:34 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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It was strange weather for this time of year today. I went to dinner with friends on the boat tonight and we had sweatshirts on and had to put up the canvas when it started raining. 95F and sun is normal weather this time of year. It looked like it was really foggy in the bay - you could see the fog piling up in the distance.

What marina are you headed toward in Stockton?


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#546973 - 06/24/13 08:39 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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We anchored out last night in Richardson Bay(?) and got the snot beat out of us. I had left one of the forward hatches open so I could fall asleep listening to the fog horn. It was great to fall asleep to but at some point in the middle of the night I was awakened by a hurricane going through my cabin. Between the wind, the boat jumping around on the anchor and the waves slapping against the boat it was kind of tough to get back to sleep.

I woke up at 0600 this morning, showered and now feel like a new man. Doug had the coffee ready and life is good.


Here's the name and slip number of the marina we're headed to....
River Point Landing
4950 Buckley Cove Way
Stockton, CA 95219
209-951-4144
B7003. B dock, 70 slip 03.

Stuart had mentioned an informal dock party for any who wanted to show up. The beer will be cold and the smiles large!

If you're in the area and would like to come down and share a cool one, you're more than welcome!


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#546976 - 06/24/13 08:48 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Fantastic pictures. I had a laugh when I read where you said it was almost boring. Wow, I can't imagine it being boring out there. Relaxing, yeah, but boring, never. The videos were great too. How amazing to see a big boat like that from Panama while boating along. I'm sure you saw a lot of international boats out there while on your journey. Certainly this thread was very aptly named.


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#546984 - 06/24/13 10:15 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Originally Posted By: GoFirstClass


Here's the name and slip number of the marina we're headed to....
River Point Landing
4950 Buckley Cove Way
Stockton, CA 95219
209-951-4144
B7003. B dock, 70 slip 03.

Stuart had mentioned an informal dock party for any who wanted to show up. The beer will be cold and the smiles large!

If you're in the area and would like to come down and share a cool one, you're more than welcome!



That's just down the road from my neighborhood. Let us know when you arrive and I'll try to swing by. My son has hockey this evening, but I should be able to make it if it is late afternoon.


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#546987 - 06/24/13 11:24 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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ETYPPO, we should be arriving at the slip around 2:30. Please do stop by and share one with us.


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#546991 - 06/24/13 12:31 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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That should work. I'll drop by between 2:30-3.


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#547007 - 06/24/13 05:43 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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#547011 - 06/24/13 08:02 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Thanks for the ride GFC.


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#547012 - 06/24/13 08:13 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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It has been a great ride through the pictures and descriptions. Thanks for doing all that Mike.


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#547015 - 06/24/13 10:09 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Boating under the Golden Gate bridge for the first time...that's gotta get anyone's spine tingling! Congrats on a successful voyage. thumb


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#547018 - 06/25/13 07:13 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Are you able to give us a video tour of the boat? Sorry that SF looked like pea soup fog for you.


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#547026 - 06/25/13 09:27 AM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Great to meet you guys yesterday!! The scotch wasn't bad either!!


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#547033 - 06/25/13 12:07 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Nothing new to add in the way of photos or videos. I have some that I haven't loaded but I'm too pooped to participate right now. As I write this Doug and I are sitting in the Sacramento airport waiting for our flight to Seattle. Both of us are exhausted and looking forward to getting home. I have a 3.5 hour drive ahead of me that I'm not looking forward to but that's life in the little city. Doug has promised me a 5-hour Energy Drink once we get to Seattle so I can stay awake on the way home. I might need it.

To make a very long (10-days long) story short, this trip was pretty successful and fun by all measures. I have some final thoughts to add but that also will have to wait until tomorrow. Thanks to all of you who posted on this thread. It meant a lot to each of us to know there were many at home watching as we made the journey. In a way, having all of you out there kept us grounded. Well, maybe that was the wrong choice of words when dealing with a boat trip. What I probably should have said was it helped to keep things in perspective.

I'll check in tomorrow to post the photos and videos. Later Guys and Gals!

Tired GFC


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#547035 - 06/25/13 01:49 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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GFC. Have a safe rest of your journey home. It was fun watching your progress.


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#547048 - 06/25/13 11:08 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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I'm finally back home after a good flight and a ~3 hour drive from Seattle to the home digs. My brain is mush, I'm too wired to sit down and too tired to stand up.

On the way home on this side of Snoqualmie Pass I watched and accident in my rear view mirror that I'd bet was a fatality. I'll cover more of that tomorrow.

It sure seemed nice to eat dinner on the back patio and watch the Columbia River roll past. It's almost mirror calm out there and it's a welcome change from what we had for a couple of days.

I'm headed to bed soon and will post my remaining pics and videos tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Glad-to-be-home GFC


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#547049 - 06/25/13 11:50 PM Re: Journey of a Lifetime [Re: GoFirstClass]  
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Bummer about all that fog!

dry heat Kelly

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