After my satisfying Half Marathon in San Francisco, Twirly and I packed up and flew south to Long Beach to join friends Hugh and Nikki aboard their Catalina 36, Island Girl. They had invited us to crew for their maiden voyage across the San Pedro Channel to Catalina Island for the week, and we jumped on the chance to be cruising during our anniversary.
The conditions for the sail across the channel were awesome! 16 knots of wind had Island Girl charging through three to six foot swells, and we arrived at Isthmus Cove about five hours after casting off the dock lines.
The next five days are wide open, with no real schedule, just lots of opportunities to swim, scuba dive, hike, run, fish, eat and drink. Just what the doctor ordered!