Thursday, February 2, 2012

Boating on SF Bay

Last weekend was unusually warm and calm, so on the spur of the moment, we decided to take the Whaler out for a long overdue boating adventure on the San Francisco Bay. It was glorious. The water was incredibly calm, there was no wind, and the temperatures hovered around 70 degrees - not your typical late January weather!

We had a blast as we toured various hot spots around the bay and beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, but I felt sorry for the numerous sailboats as they tried to make their way across the calm waters; it was very slow-going for them. (But I guess that's why they're sailors!)

We also coincidentally timed it perfectly to watch the Costa Deliziosa depart from the dock along the San Francisco waterfront. She's the sister ship of the infamous Costa Concordia, and she was headed to Honolulu on her around-the-world trek.

Ready for a ride? Put on your life vest, climb aboard, and hang on...

The Launching Facility in Alameda, right next to the Coast Guard Station...


That's the city of Oakland beyond the sailboat masts...


Here's Old Faithful - Bad Boy the Boston Whaler...

Approaching San Francisco and the Bay Bridge...



The Ferry Building and Nob Hill...


Costa Deliziosa...




Point Bonita Lighthouse...

The Golden Gate Bridge...




Lovely Sausalito...

Mt. Tamalpais...




Angel Island...



The NEW Bay Bridge span...

The busy Port of Oakland...




You survived our little boating adventure!

4 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

Not only did I survive, I thoroughly enjoyed your boating adventure. The calm waters would have been perfect for a Boston Whaler, and I'm sure all the sailboats had auxiliary engines for days with no wind.
Gorgeous photos, Linnea. I loved them all: freighters and sailboats and tugs, and especially Mount Tam, which I always meant to hike and never did when I visited friends in Marin. Definitely can't do it now, but a boat ride would be fun.
K

JM said...

I surely would survive this adventure under such lovely weather! :-) Great series.

Photo Cache said...

Oh I never get tired of seeing these views. Counting myself lucky each time.

Charade said...

I haven't been to SF in years, and these photos are calling me back. My husband used to do the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, and the waters were never this calm. Thanks for the tour!