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so salty pieces of coral from surfing Hawaii in the 60's and 70's getting reef pounded living in my body fall through my skin from time to time!

sailing to Oahu

Jimi Hendrix was playing on Oahu. I had never sailed. Surfed Mexico, California, Hawaii! Aw, how hard could it be to sail 90-110 miles from Kauai to Oahu? Piece of cake, right? Remember it was the 60's! This is so bad. We thought we were looking at Kaiena Point,Ohau, knowing we weren't going to make the concert! But at least we were in site of Oahu-wrong! Coy, who had never sailed before, me,who had never sailed before, jeff and Abbott etc. We were looking at the sleeping giant on Kauai! We had done three-sixty's in the night! We sailed on the only tri-marran I've ever sailed on ( except later ) in my life, missed the concert! It was at the Waikiki Shell Ampitheater ( Moon eclipsed . We finally made Nawilwili Harbor! The Skipper tried to give us his boat saying, " It's trying to kill me"! We watched him go stark raving mad not even realising that had we got caught in the channel current we were on our way to Japan! Remember it was the 60's and we were going to see Hendrix. I left out some of the good stuff but I will make up for it later!

Monday, June 29, 2009

7 daze in a canoe

Living on the American River in Sacramento without my canoe would be to me like living in Hawaii without a mask and snorkel and a surfboard! Just knowing that I can walk out my door, get in my 15' Dagger and with the determination of Hannibal ( the Hun ) crossing the Alps on his way to Rome with his elephants, make my way to the Pacific Ocean. I decided I was ready after preparing myself with long day paddles up and down The American River. The flora and fauna are like a who's who of a wild west! Rattlesnakes are around so one keeps one's eyes and ears open when launching and landing! Deer, beaver, turtles, badger, hawks, coyotes, turkeys, ducks, geese, cranes, owls, stripers, salmon and more abound. The flora is as varied as the fauna and is dictated by which bend in the river you're on! It's a mish-mash of color and sounds. The American flows to downtown Sacramento where it joins the Feather River, doubling up to become The Sacramento River which is navigable and deep enough for a commercal shipping lane to San Francisco. You can sail from Sacramento to Hawaii! There are sailboat marinas in Sacramento and cities on the River all the way to S.F. And so, my story, " Seven Daze In A Canoe ". Begins

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