Friday, October 05, 2012

Sailing Monterey Bay

Sailing. My favorite activity in the world, yet I can't seem to bring myself to get excited about spending seven days on a cruise ship next summer. At least we will be near the shore in an intensely gorgeous place covered with glaciers and wildlife, the likes of which I don't see here. I do love the shore view. Watching the shore is one of the most intense relaxing moments for me while sailing. The few times I went to Alaska as a child, the memories of the glaciers, the bald eagles, the moose, the ice sculptures, still stand out in my mind. I don't have a lot of childhood memories that are picture perfect and clear as if they were yesterday, but Alaska is one of them. How do you feel about sailing? How do you feel about cruises? Ever taken a cruise to Alaska? Convince me to go!

Now this, the boat below, I could spend seven days on, a short swim from shore and lazily tanning on the deck, sipping drinks, taking in the sights.

Harbors are such a peaceful place. Sailing out of the Santa Cruz, California, harbor into the wild blue yonder, with rows upon rows of boats patiently waiting for their owners to arrive and take them on another wet wonderland adventure,
 sails dancing in the sunshine, providing dappled shade for those below.
 Shawners gazing out upon the wonders nature has to hold,
 boats with their sails blustering in the wind, flying creatures that also happen to float perfectly well, hazy mountains,
 smooth shores along the ragged cliffs,
 Walton lighthouse with the beach just beyond to one side, the harbor on the other,
the wharf, a sight to see, buildings suspended over water,
 the perfect gazing spot,
 a safe harbor for barking seals.
A more romantic place for me, I could not imagine, except perhaps the beach Brando proposed to me at - less than a mile north along the shoreline.
 Sailing, my favorite place in the world.
Silliness ensues after the water lulls me into a relaxed state of being I never want to leave.
 My view as I sat across from my family.
 My Mom doing the Titanic with the boys.
 Doing our own version of Titanic. Yes, I did the arms.
 Feels like we're alone on the ocean, suspended over water.
 Gazing upon the water, looking for a jellyfish. One will come my way.


choose to be happy blog said...

seriously so gorgeous!

Lisa from Gone With The Family said...

I have always wanted to go to Monterey and your photos are even more beautiful than I imagine it to be! I love that feeling of being on the water and our family has been on a few cruises including one to Alaska. We had a great time - the scenery is amazing and my kids love going on a cruise.

Emily grapes said...

such beautiful pictures! I was just in Monterey in August but it was really cold and we didn't go out on the water. but it's still a beautiful place to be.

I think it would be so much fun to go sailing and I'd definitely do the Titanic arms too. haha
thanks for stopping by my blog! Have a great weekend
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Sonja said...

I get majorly sea sick, but I'd endure it for a cruise to Alaska, I think! Have fun! I'm a new follower on your blog - if you'd like to follow back I'm at

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

I have always wanted to go legit sailing, I have been on a boat but not while it was out moving on the water. My dad races and I still have never been, what is wrong with me! haha

Pink Sun Drops said...

Chelsea - Thanks, girl. Definitely my happy place!

Lisa - I can't wait to take my kids on a cruise! Thinking we are skipping the cruise to Alaska because of the astronomical cost - but still looking forward to taking them on a different cruise!

Emily - Monterey can be cold, but those beautiful warm days are worth the few cold days or nights!

Sonja - So glad you're a new follower!! Can't wait to peruse your blog more. Traveling to Europe with kids? You are one brave, inspiring lady!

Alycia - I think I was able to email you back, but seriously! We need a post of your first time sailing!


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