San Francisco

Two and a Half Weeks in California

I left France in late March and headed back to San Francisco. I had a return ticket to France ~8 weeks later, set to arrive at the beginning of June back in Paris. Originally my plan was to spend a week in SF, then 2 weeks with Brant in Chile, then back to SF, then another surf trip to Mexico or Central America, then back to SF and then finally return to Paris. But, as you saw in my previous posts, I ended up spending 6 weeks in Chile & Rapa Nui instead of 2 weeks, and so when I finally came back to San Francisco I only had a little over a week before I needed to head off to France. Nonetheless, in the couple of weeks that I spent in Cali bookending my trip to South America, I managed some fun trips that are Radical Sabbatical worthy.

 

Rob Fan’s Bachelor Party

My friend Rob was to be married in the summer and it was time for a bachelor party trip to Park City as soon as I got back to SF. I flew with Rob and Roger Neel, Rob’s friend who became my friend the previous year on a backcountry ski trip to Iceland.   We met up with Grant and started the trip off with a guided day of exploring the backcountry behind Alta. Our guide took us on a few runs, the best of which was has us riding various couloirs in the Wolverine Cirque. A few inches of fresh pow had fallen the night before in the Wasatch which made the turns nice and buttery – we all considered this rather fortunate considering the 2014/15 ski season in the western half of the USA had been pretty miserable and we were already in April when we showed up.

The rest of the trip proceeded as it should have. All the guys met up and we cruised the mountain as a big troop. We drank copious good beer, ate good steak meals together, told stories and laughed much.

I had to sneak into 1st class to take this photo of The Bachelor & Roger

I had to sneak into 1st class to take this photo of The Bachelor & Roger

Leaving the gorgeous Bay Area

Leaving the gorgeous Bay Area for Utah

In Utah you can only buy 3.2% or lower beer... unless you go to the microbrew source for dinner. We loaded up.

In Utah you can only buy 3.2% or lower beer… unless you go to the microbrew source for dinner. We loaded up.

Backcountry skiing the Wasatch. We got a lucky dusting of fresh snow to make things a better than average (for that year)

Backcountry skiing the Wasatch. We got a lucky dusting of fresh snow the night before to make things a little better than average (for that year)

Rob and Grant repelled into a sweet couloir in the Wolverine Cirque

Rob and Grant repelled into a sweet couloir in the Wolverine Cirque

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The start of the couloir was hairy.

Good times with the boys. It was bluebird for the 2 days we skied Park City.

Good times with the boys. It was bluebird for the 2 days we skied Park City.

Below is a video of Rob, Roger, Grant and myself skiing during the bachelor party:

 

Sailing Joyous

Of course I had to take Joyous for a few cruises while I was in town. Thanks to a website called BoatBound, which is like an AirBnB for boats, I was able to do this and make money at the same time by captaining 2 charter cruises. For each of a Saturday and a Sunday I was paid ~$400 to take groups of young San Franciscans – probably tech workers – out on the Bay doing what I would’ve been doing anyway. They enjoyed their time and I got good reviews.

Just another Golden Gate photo op

Just another Golden Gate photo op on Joyous

Chris demonstrating how to cruise on the bow

Chris demonstrating how to cruise on the bow

Charter group #1 leaving the dock after a successful cruise

Charter group #1 leaving the dock after a successful cruise

Charter group #2 styling on the way back to Pier 39

Charter group #2 styling on the way back to Pier 39

A guest of my slip

A guest of my slip

 

Abalone Diving and Spearfishing in Sonoma

I managed to get out to the Sonoma coast with my friends Todd and Theo for a weekend camping trip of abalone diving and spearfishing. On the first day we checked out a new spot, plenty of abalone there, and then on the second day we went to our usual haunt and found more. The highlight was that I shot my first lingcod, which rang in at a barely legal 24”. Todd had a BBQ the next day and I made fish tacos with one of the fillets and then the following day my friend Stephanie made sashimi out of the second filet. Without a doubt lingcod is the tastiest shoreline fish in NorCal waters and the only kind I want to hunt with a speargun up here.

My first lingcod. A barely legal 24"

My first lingcod. A barely legal 24″

I also got a few abalone. One was much bigger than the other two; here seen with the lingcod filets

I also got a few abalone. One was much bigger than the other two; here seen with the lingcod filets

The shell of the bigger abalone was particular round and beautiful

The shell of the bigger abalone was particular round and beautiful. I gave the abalone meat and the shell to my friend Stephanie who undoubtably made something delicious from it

Grilled lingcod

Grilled lingcod

Oh my tasty fish taco, with Todd and his cousin Brent coming inc for a closeup

Oh my tasty fish taco, with Todd and his cousin Brent coming inc for a closeup

 

Helicopter Flying with Luke

I decided to squeeze 4-day trip to Southern California in for my time back in California. I drove down to Huntington Beach and spent a little time with Mom and Dennis. Then I met up with Luke, a friend who I met when he became a roommate at the Beach House in SF. After graduating from San Francisco State University in 2012 Luke moved to Long Beach to pursue a career as a helicopter pilot. At this point he is a basic instructor to new students and was licensed to take me up in a R22 Beta gasoline powered helicopter. We cruised from Long Beach along the coast and then over the Santa Monica Mountains to an airport in Ventura, and then back. Luke even let me take the controls of the helicopter and I was flying it for a while and I only got us into one unsafe decent one time before Luke deftly took the controls and corrected my mistake. We also cruised directly over LAX, which Luke assured me was counter intuitively very safe. It was pretty amazing to be in such a small craft flying around. I’m stoked for Luke and his future career, his job is going to be pretty sweet!

Luke gassing up the bird

Luke gassing up the bird

Selfie while flying a helicopter!

Selfie while flying a helicopter!

Cruising over the industrial area of Long Beach.

Cruising over the industrial area of Long Beach.

Ahh, we made it to the beach and did some low altitude flying

Ahh, we made it to the coast and did some low altitude flying

Malibu point looking mighty fine from the air

Malibu point looking mighty fine from the air

The Santa Monica "mountains"

The Santa Monica Mountains

Dropping into the agricultural Oxnard flats

Dropping into the agricultural Oxnard flats

Cruising home directly over LAX

Cruising home directly over LAX

Suburbia

Suburbia

 

San Diego

I made it as far south as San Diego. I stayed with Brant and we surfed a fun session at Bird Rock in La Jolla. James Holmblad cruised out as well and I was happy to get the opportunity to ask him to be a groomsman in person. I also met with a surfboard shaper Chris Diercks and order up 2 custom surfboards that I thought would treat me well for the inevitable trip to Indonesia the coming fall.

Surfing the retrofish at South Birdrock

Surfing the retrofish at South Birdrock

A trip back to San Diego is not complete without visiting Zibby!

A trip back to San Diego is not complete without visiting Zibby!

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Zibby being evil. It was good to see Alex and his girlfriend Kayla.

 

Countless fun was had on my return – really reinforcing to me how great California is! I’ll let the photos and captions do the rest of the talking…

I ran into Danny Hess just after visiting 3 surf shops looking for a good 6'8" to buy for my trip to Chile. He told me he had one board -- exactly a 6'8" -- for sale from a recent batch. It is the "Banjo" model, and this is Danny (who is 6'4") holding his dog, Banjo, while posing next to the board

I ran into Danny Hess just after visiting 3 surf shops looking for a good 6’8″ to buy for my trip to Chile. He told me he had one board — exactly a 6’8″ — for sale from a recent batch. It is the “Banjo” model, and this is Danny (who is 6’4″ himself) holding his dog, Banjo, while posing next to the board

Some decent surf at OB while I visited. Rare form for the middle of spring

Some decent surf at OB while I visited. Rare form for the middle of spring

I got to see Babar

I got to see Babar

And Raja

And Raja

After 3 months in France I was REALLY craving a proper burrito. La Playa delivered.

After 3 months in France I was REALLY craving a proper burrito. La Playa delivered.

On a random night The Simpkin Project was playing in Oakland so Bruce, Chris and I went to the show!

On a random night The Simpkin Project was playing in Oakland so Bruce, Chris and I went to the show!

I had a fun session at good ol' Huntington Beach Pier one afternoon while visiting Mom & Dennis

I had a fun session at good ol’ Huntington Beach Pier one afternoon while visiting Mom & Dennis

I visited the Davis family one evening in San Francisco and was amazed to see how much it seemed that Katya had grown!

I visited the Davis family one evening in San Francisco and was amazed to see how much it seemed that Katya had grown!

Beating Dave Simpkin in a doubles round of frisbee golf and winning $2 felt pretty good!

Beating Dave Simpkin in a doubles round of frisbee golf and winning $2 felt pretty good!

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A month in San Francisco

Brandon writes the Intro:

 

On September 15 Donna and I met each other at the airport, our flights from separate hemispheres landing only an hour apart.  I arrived from Chile to SF after nearly 24 hours of travel on 3 separate flights smelly and disheveled.  Donna arrived from Shanghai after a luxurious 12-hour jaunt in Global First class on United Airlines.  With her well refreshed and myself a smelly wreck, clearly things were the way they should be!

 

The reason we were scheduled to return to SF mid-September was to attend the epic Indian wedding of Donna’s friend, Jess Sawhney.   We got back to SF on a Tuesday and the wedding would consist of a serious of parties and ceremonies occupying all of the coming weekend.  Besides the wedding, several of my family members, sister, mom and dad, all planned to visit me in SF and I also wanted to spend some time working on my 30-foot sailboat, Joyous, in preparation for future adventures and her eventual sale.  During the time Donna planned to visit her family on the east coast and begin preparing for our eventual move to France.  Overall we both looked forward to spending almost a month in SF doing things that we never found the time to do when we actually lived here; it would be a refreshing pitstop before another 6 weeks of travel to China, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand.

 

Donna writes about the Indian wedding:

 

Two days after Brandon and I returned to San Francisco, we drove down to the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose for my good college friend, Jess Sawhney’s wedding. This would be our first Indian wedding and we were very much looking forward to it. My friend would be marrying her best friend, Ganesh Subramanian! Weddings are always filled with a reunion of good friends, good food and overall good fun so we were excited to have 3 days of celebrations ahead. The first night of celebrating would be the Mehndi party where the girls would have their palms painted in henna followed by folk dances lead by Jess’ Sikh family members. Their wedding would have almost 300 friends and family flying in from all over the world. The second night would be similar to a rehearsal dinner though it had more than twice the guests than any other wedding I attended to date! The dinner was followed by more dancing and singing performances, which was lively and fun to watch.

 

The third day, Saturday, was the main event. Because Jess’ family is Sikh and Ganesh’s family is Hindu, the wedding had two ceremonies. Jess’ Sikh ceremony started at 9am at the Sikh temple where the tradition was to have all guests cover their head and shoulders. Even Brandon sported a red scarf on his head! The Hindu ceremony was held in the front lawn at the Dolce Hayes mansion. It was a beautiful setting for a wedding. The reception kicked off immediately following the Hindu ceremony with endless amounts of delicious Indian food and all the drinks you can imagine. I was in heaven. For those who know me well, you know how much I love to put back Indian food! Overall it was an amazing wedding and it was so great to see so many friends from Emory, many of whom I haven’t seen in years!

 

Brandon writes about family visits:

 

With the impending international move, my family thought it was a good chance to come to SF for final visits before we left for who-knows-how-long.

 

First came my sister.  She was in SF on business for a marketing conference but took an extra day off to hang out with Donna and I.  First Donna, myself and Jannika had dinner at my favorite Indonesian restaurant, Borubadur, on Wednesday evening.  The next day Jannika wrapped up her business and we had brunch at Brenda’s, which served excellent southern style comfort food.  The food was filling and I didn’t need to eat anything except this one meal the entire rest of the day!  Afterwards Donna left and Jannika and I went to the Metreon to catch an IMAX 3D showing of a childhood throwback, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We were the only ones in the theatre which was great because I could be as loud and obnoxious as I wanted during the film, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 style.  I took Jannika to the airport that evening and figured I’d probably see her next in Florida for Christmas.  She was doing well in life and work and it was great to catch up with her for a day!

Jannika enjoying being the only other person besides myself at the IMAX theatre showing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Jannika enjoying being the only other person besides myself at the IMAX theatre showing of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

A week and a half later my Mom  came to visit.  Exactly one year prior she visited SF to spend time with me and her good friend Liz Lawhead and all of us had a great time going to the Bluegrass Festival.  This visit would be a repeat of that trip, except with Joyous now in excellent sailing condition we also planned on to get out on the Bay.  She arrived and Liz, Donna, myself and Mom all went out for a meal at Delancy Street on the Embarcadero.  The next day the surf was good and there was a  late afternoon Giants playoff game to watch, so I didn’t join Mom and Liz at the Bluegrass Festival and instead got some waves and relaxed at the house enjoying awesome Indian Summer weather.  The Giants game ended up being an epic 18 inning affair that kept me busy until it was time to head to Zazie in Cole Valley for a repeat dinner with Liz and Mom.  Up to this point I had only been to Zazie for brunch, but I highly recommend the dinners there too!  While at dinner I kept sneaking out of the restaurant to check up on the baseball game and I was stoked when Brandon Belt hit a homer to take the lead in the top of the 18th and the Cardinals were unable to answer.

The next day was the highlight of Mom’s visit.  I had been working on Joyous in Tiburon for the past 2 weeks and she was finally ready to be moved back to her normal berth at Pier 39.  Donna, Mom and myself concocted an epic bike-sail-bike plan.  First we would ride from Ocean Beach across the Golden Gate Bridge and through Marin to Paradise Cay in Tiburon.  Once there we would load the bikes onto the boat and sail back to Pier 39, passing right by Angel Island, and then from Pier 39 we would ride back to Ocean Beach.  The weather was amazing and my Mom was a huge trooper, handling the 25+ miles of biking like a champion.  We left at about 11am and didn’t get back to the Sunset until after 7!  It was an amazing experience and I was glad to show Mom all my work on the boat and that everything went smoothly with the adventure.  That night we all slept like champions and the next morning I took Mom to the airport, but our goodbye didn’t need to be that serious because she’d be joining Donna and me in China in just 2 short weeks!

 

The last weekend before we would leave for China was Fleet Week, which meant the Blue Angels would be in town.  Ever since I was young my father and I have loved going to Air Shows.  Growing up in Orange County we’d go to El Toro every year and this was certainly the reason that for so many years growing up I wanted to be an Air Force pilot.  Now that I had my boat working and the free time, it was the perfect opportunity to convince Dad to fly from Florida to SF for the Fleet Week weekend.  We spent the entire time together and even slept on Joyous on Saturday night.  He was impressed with my work installing the diesel and was glad to see Joyous in good sailing shape.  We both took a ton of pictures of the Blue Angels with our high powered telephoto lenses and generally “nerded out” talking about planes, politics, and computers — the way it’s always been between Pops and I.  I was also glad that he got to meet a bunch of my friends while we were sailing.  Good times!

 

Donna writes about visiting her family on the East Coast

 

Knowing that next year will be extremely busy with school, I wanted to give myself a chance to hang out with my sister and grandparents in Florida while I had some time in the US. So my sister, Arlana, flew down to Palm Beach from New York while I flew out to meet her there from SF. Brandon would spend most of his time in SF working on Joyous’ epic makeover.

 

My grandparents had recently moved from the Breaker West Community in West Palm Beach to a new house in Palm Beach Gardens to be closer to my Aunt, Rorrie, and her husband, Robert, who are building a house in the same Palm Beach Gardens Community. Their house had just finished construction when I arrived, so we were able to see it before they planned to move in the following week.

Arlana and I enjoyed relaxation by the pool

Arlana and I enjoyed relaxation by the pool

 

It was a very nice trip to see my grandparents. My grandfather is turning 90 next February, a birthday I will unfortunately have to miss so it was important for me to see them now. Even at 89.75 years old, albeit slow, my grandfather doesn’t walk with a cane or need any other help. I hope to be in the same shoes when I reach his age! My grandmother is also doing very well. She made her famous sicilian style pizza for Arlana and me one night – always a delicious treat that brings back memories of our childhood visits to their house in Old Brookville (Long Island). We also went to Rocco’s Taco’s on Thursday night for a round of Margarita’s and guac and tacos. Needless to say, we were spoiled with good food on this visit.

Rocko's Tacos family night!

Rocko’s Tacos family night!

 

On the last night before Arlana and I were flying back to SF and NY, respectively, we drove down to Fort Lauderdale to have dinner with Sartaj, my friend and future INSEAD classmate. Sartaj and I met at an INSEAD forum in SF back in April and immediately hit it off as friends. When I knew Arlana and I were visiting South Florida, we made plans to meet up at a sushi restaurant – between Argentina and China, there were very few opportunities to have sushi so I was stoked! Even with his busy days helping to run his family company, he found the time to give Arlana and me a tour of Fort Lauderdale. It was great to see him in his home town.

 

After several days of rest and relaxation, Arlana and I flew back home. It was so good to spend time with Arlana and my grandparents. Brandon and I will see them all again in Florida over the Christmas holidays!

 

Brandon writes about working on Joyous:

 

I spent a lot of time working on Joyous during our time back in SF.   It had always been a priority of mine to work with my friend Jonah on re-rigging Joyous so that she’d be much improved for sailing.  Partially this was functional but also a big part was for me to learn from Jonah how to put together rigging on a a sailboat.  Jonah is a professional rigger and I would pay Jonah for the job but also work alongside him like an apprentice.  So over the course of about 2 weeks we tore off the old clutches, boom, mains’l track and other hardware and replaced it with new and improved stuff.  I learned how to cut and fashion alumnimum, how to install deck hardware, and how to paint with epoxy-based paints.  I also finished up a few odds and ends from the repower job that I had completed with Jonah just before leaving to South America.  I found the process and learning actually pretty fun as I do enjoy working wth my hands and getting to use the finished product of my work; it feels satisfying in a very different way compared to my usual computer work.  The end result, sailing with my Mom, Dad and friends, made it all worth the time, money and effort.

 

Brandon writes about lots of other stuff we did, in no particular order and just for memories sake

 

  • Thanks to Eddie Choi for letting Donna and I stay in his apartment for the first week we were back while he was visiting New York chasing hurricane surf.  Famous Donna quote: “if we had a nice apartment like this together, I would be down to live in the Sunset”
  • I managed to take Joyous to 2 Giants playoff games, both against the Cardinals, reminiscent of 2010 and 2012 !!
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Watching an NLCS day game from the Cove on Joyous.

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Motoring into McCovey for an NLCS game

  • I got a couple of fun surf sessions as the first swells of the winter season appeared.  Two were on big days and I surfed alone on my 9’4” Brewer; it was like longboarding 10 foot faces, so fun.  I also surfed with my friend Greg Davis and it was good to get a session with him after so many missed opportunities.
  • On our last night before leaving to China, Donna and I had dinner at Marina Sushi with many of Donna’s friends, including Margaux, Natalie, Jess & Ganesh, and Lauren Williams.

 

Picture of two Marina Sushi going away pictures

Picture of two Marina Sushi going away pictures

 

  • I met with my former Blackrock colleagues.  I hung with John Prins at his awesome apartment on the Embarcadero, had lunch with Jon Baker, and got a random Saturday morning call from Pablo, who worked in the London Blackrock office, letting me know he was just around the corner hanging out on Ocean Beach.  Donna and myself met up with him for brunch and planned future visits to London.  Also I attended a dinner gathering with many of the old GMSG crew hosted by Dave at his epic Lower Haight house.  Mad props to Stephanie for creating amazing food, as usual.
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Pablo with Donna and me

  • Bruce, Wes Parks, and I attended the SF premier of Jeremy Jones’ epic backcountry snowboarding film Higher.  It is inspirational to see the gnarly mountains Jeremy climbs up and skis down.
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A photo of a photo… this is Shangri La, the epic Himalayan mountain that Jeremy descends for the finale of Higher

  • Donna, Jonah and myself had an awesome daysail in Joyous with GoPro dude Ruben and his wife Marie.  Ruben likes to drive racecars and wouldn’t take his hands of Joyous’ tiller; the guy lives to drive.  Jonah and Ruben talked a lot about badass cars, especially Porsches.
Sailing on Joyous with Ruben, Marie, Jonah, and Donna.

Sailing on Joyous with Ruben, Marie, Jonah, and Donna.

 

  • I was getting ready to surf one evening with Haroldo when Kelsey came into the garage still in her wetsuit and with a broken nose!  She had been whacked in the face by her board while surfing and so I took her to UCSF; she was amazingly brave and took it all in stride, what a tough chick!
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Molica and Kelsey at UCSF… Kelsey is one brave lady!

  • I made 2 trips to the Chinese Consulate and succesfully obtained a Chinese passport

 

Me at the Chinese consulate

Me at the Chinese consulate

All in all it was a great few weeks in SF.  Donna and I kept talking about how we should be feeling nostalgic while cruising around SF for the past month.  However, didn’t feel that the nostalgia had set in yet.  The reason must’ve been that we weren’t gone long enough yet.  Rest assured, given enough time and change, as friends move away and the character that we perceive of the City morphs due to the passage of time, we will come back and have that nostalgic feeling of just how great our all our time spent in SF was.

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Saying Goodbye!

Saying goodbye to friends and colleagues doesn’t have to be a sad affair and probably the best way to ensure that saying goodbye is in fact a fun affair is to organize goodbye celebrations.  This is exactly what Donna and I did during our last two weeks living full time in San Francisco, thanks to a little planning on our part but more importantly to the amazing love and efforts our friends bestowed on us.

The first celebration was thanks to Donna’s friend and colleague Dan Landers.  Dan is from Brazil and he invited us over to his apartment for a going away meal.  He made for Donna and myself some churrascaria style steaks and taught us how to make chimmichurri dipping sauce for the meat.  In classic Dan style he also whipped up for us Donna’s favorite Brazilian drink called the cairpirinhai, which is a sweet drink made from sugarcane rum, lime and sugar.  In addition to the excellent food we had an amazing bottle of wine to drink thanks to Kayvan Malek, a colleague of mine at Blackrock who runs our group’s commodities team.  A few months back Kayvan gave me a Cabernet from 1991 and on this evening the perfectly aged wine paired most excellently with Dan’s steaks.  It was a meal I won’t soon forget!

Dan Landers made a fine churrascaria steak dinner and we drank a '91 Cabernet thanks to Kayvan Malek

Dan Landers made a fine churrascaria steak dinner and we drank a ’91 Cabernet thanks to Kayvan Malek

On the day before our last day at Blackrock, Donna and I’s respective teams joined forces to sponsor a tandem going away drinks celebration.  Many thanks to Paul Harrison and Brian Feurtado for approving this awesome use of company funds; yes the team-building and camaraderie was worth it!  We rented out a private area at Local Edition, a spot with excellent mixed drinks and a speakeasy style atmosphere.  The turnout was awesome and it was fantastic to see everyone come out to enjoy each other’s company.  For a few of us the night kept going with a dinner at Hakkasan followed by a bottle of champagne at Phil Hodge’s house.  What a great evening, thanks everyone!

The most wild of the celebrations was organized by none other than Donna’s amazing roommate Natalie Ragan.  She rented out the back area of Rosewood, a bar that straddles the border between Chinatown and North Beach on Broadway street.  Our group had control of the jukebox, a bar complete with customized drinks, a projected stream of photos collected over the years, and enough space for about 100 of our San Francisco friends to get wild together!  Appropriately, the amazing night ended with cheap Chinese food next door after we were booted out at 2am.  Good times and much love to all who showed up!

I also have to throw a shout out to Dave Piazza, my former jefe at Blackrock, who organized a more personal gathering for myself and a few others at his place in Lower Haight.  His backyard is awesome and we enjoyed fresh abalone (fished out of the water and prepared by me!) and a lot of other delicious dishes prepared by Stephanie Lee.  Thanks everyone!

There is a reason why this backyard has been prominently featured in a local blog called "Backyards of the Lower Haight"

There is a reason why this backyard has been prominently featured in a local blog called “Backyards of the Lower Haight”

The following week was one of the busiest of my life.  My last day at Blackrock was July 18 and our departure to South America was to happen on July 29, which means I had about 10 days to 1) finish repowering my sailboat, Joyous, with diesel motor — a project I’ve been working on for the last 8 months, 2) pack up everything I own into a storage unit and move out of my house, and 3) pack clothes and snow gear for our trip to South America.  It was a whirlwind indeed, but by Thursday July 24, Jonah Lane, Chris Coleman and I were motoring around the SF Bay and Joyous was BACK.  Although I am not going to immediately enjoy the fruits of the long, laborious journey that was this project, I am eager to do some sailing when I get back to SF in mid-September.

Just in time for me to leave to South America we finished the diesel repower for Joyous; but I will enjoy sailing her when I am back!

Just in time for me to leave to South America we finished the diesel repower for Joyous; but I will enjoy sailing her when I am back!

Meanwhile, as I was feverishly finishing up the work on Joyous, Donna made a short trip back to New York to visit with her parents and sister, Arlana, to say goodbye. They were able to squeeze in a fun family excursion to canoe down the Delaware Water Gap, re-living a family tradition since they were young kids. The water was warm and tranquil (aside from the occasional rapids) and was a very nice getaway with family before traveling down to Argentina.

Family Canoe Pic!

Family Canoe Pic!

By Monday, July 29, Donna and I had gotten all of our worldly possessions stuffed into a 6x6x8 foot Uhaul storage unit.  We didn’t pack up any furniture as our respective households were happy to take beds, TVs and desks off our hands.  I am actually glad not to have had to sell my stuff and to know that it is getting good use at the Great Highway Beach House.  By that evening we said our final goodbyes and the next afternoon we took off for Houston and the beginning of our adventure!

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