Our first week in Alameda flew by. It has been HOT- many days pushing triple digits this week. I realize that’s peanuts compared to what we’ll experience in the Mexican summer next year, but hey, we’re thick blooded from life in the Pacific Northwest! Of course, the office I’m going to is still climate-controlled enough to need a sweater, but back on the boat it’s toasty. There have been a few days the kids played entirely down below to beat the heat, although even that’s warming up with water temps around 75. Of course, all this sun drenched glory (we’ve not had much “summer” for a while near Seattle) has also given rise to fun and creative ways to cool off. Swinging kids out on the spinnaker pole, as demonstrated above by Niall- was a sure winner.
It’s an amazing community at Gate 11 of Marina Village. Although we expect to stay about a month longer, I am already sure I’ll miss it when we move on. We started with the best arrival- old friends Jim and Diana, waiting on the dock to catch our lines. They’ve gotten us properly oriented, from helping shuttle our crew to the airport (and me to Trader Joe’s!), orienting me for the commute into San Francisco, and introduced us around the ‘hood. It is so friendly, I’m frankly taken off guard- and absolutely love it. The marina is full of people who have been, or plan to, take a walkabout-by-boat like we do. Cruisers who welcome us as their own and offer all maner of help and advice, from offering to loan a car to must-see spots on our cruise south. Yesterday was a marina “yard” sale, which lasted for several ours- until a party broke out. Barbeques in the common area by the gate fired up, coolers of chilly beverages began appearing, boxes of fresh fruit and veggies from residents who have shore-side homes here as well. Sitting under the shade of a patio umbrellas, getting tips and talking story with the new neighbors…this place is easy to love! The juju is such that it seemed the most logical thing in the world when Niall and I had our paddle around the marina interrupted by a “HEY, BEHAN!” from a passing catamaran…friends we’ve made from a distance while sharing our plans, now sharing the same waters. Laureen and the rest of team Hudson on the Excellent Adventure rafted out for dinner en famille, more stories and plans to share.
We’re watching the gribs this week, hoping for as charmed a passage for our friends on s/v Don Quixote. Also hoping to meet up with the s/v Third Day crew on their jaunt up to Alameda for a Ha-ha pre-party…as long as they’re willing to leave their boat back in Port San Luis. We’re not joining these fellow kid boats on the Baja rally, but hope to see them all down south of the border over the next year+.
Girls are playing with their dolls in the v-berth…Jamie and Niall are off to pick up parts at West Marine…I’m going to see if I can find the bottom of the fridge. Life is good! More pictures on Flickr this week, click through images to right of the blog post for the latest.