Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
Hi all we are just about to pull out of Dana Point marina - probably as this uploads. We have maybe a six hour sail to Catalina island were we will spend a day and night before we head of in to the big blue yonder. I am really looking forward to heading off as this part of the trip has taken longer than expected! We have met some really nice people here in Dana Point and I wouldn't mind returning one day. America was pleasantly nicer than I imagined it would be, even though they drive one the wrong side of the road in the wrong side of their cars! Hopefully we will have a chance to message before we leave Catalina but we will see - it may be a long time before we can update you all so 'wait out'.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
These photos are of us at the party. We became true celebrities and the party continued a our table long after everyone else had left. They all asked heaps of questions about our trip and our home. The marina is quite a well to do area and most people here have been to Australia at some time of their lives. They all love to share their experiences. Some people have said they love Tasmania so much that "When we are done with America, we wanna move there"(broad American drawl).
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
This should be the spot tracker that is on the boat. All is good things are going a little slower than expected but I will keep you up to date ... did i mention earlier that some guy in a 'gas station' asked me if I was German!! The squid they catch here grow up to 60lbs. I am going to try and catch one later!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
for two and a half hours. We eventually landed and are have had a really good time here. San Fransisco is awesome! We rode across the Golden Gate bridge today which was a good way to see it - I am however a little 'saddle sore'.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
The marina where we are staying is massive. There are about 4000 yachts here. Some people live on their yachts but other people never take their yachts out on the water. They just use it to have drinks with their friends, "cocktails on the yacht"!
There are so many dogs here. Every day you see heaps of dogs being walked. Some even live on the yachts. There are nearly more pet shops than supermarkets.
Alcohol is so cheap here. Nearly cheaper than water! A 2 litre container of gin is $17! The bottles are so big they have grip holes in the sides so you can pick it up!
We ordered our wet weather gear today. It should arrive on Friday.
We hope to go to San Fransisco later in the week. Tomorrow Bruce and I are going to a big outdoor shop called Bass Pro. Look it up if you can. Bruce is going to get fishing gear and weapons ready for the trip. He will be in Bruce heaven!
Till next time xxx
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Still in the preparatory stage - not liking the ship chandleries in Hobart or Telstra. However I will get over these dislikes no doubt, once the pilot hits the noise button when we are on the runway of Hobart’s airport.
I would like to say at this early stage I am excited at the prospect of discovering treasure on some small island in the middle of nowhere. Treasure you say …. I will have you know that treasure has uncanny knack of arriving in my hands. I have located a number of items worthy of the tag treasure my first discovery was located while scuba diving deep in a murky kelp forest ‘Tomb Raider’ style. I unearthed a very early beer bottle sounds mundane? It was in fact a stoneware bottle luckily the glazed label was still decipherable enabling the identification of the bottle as a Cascade Brewery’s Dandelion Ale bottle. I presented with the bottle to the Cascade Brewery museum to have it dated only to be told that it was so old that they didn’t keep records! Some research has suggested that it dates back to the early 1820s. So the discovery of treasure is not out of the question watch this space.