Sailing

Finally, some pictures from my recent sailing trip!
This is my San Juan 21. We keep them on their trailers then when we want to go sailing we use a hoist to put them in the water.

On Shore Posted by Picasa

This isn’t a very good picture. The bird you can barely see is very interesting. last year a pair of them made a nest on the pontoon boat the racing committee uses. Apparently the fact that the boat moved all over the lake didn’t bother them. When it was out on the lake the fly out and find it. A great example of animals adapting to changed environments.

The Bird Posted by Picasa

The winds were strong with occasional gusts.

Really Flying Posted by Picasa

As you can see from the wake we were really moving. Which created some conflict. My daughters were a little concered and were holloring at me to slow down. For those of you unacquainted with sailing when you go fast you are also heeled over so there is an upside and a downside on the boat. People on the downside are really, really close to the water (guess who that would have been, hehe).

Really Flying II Posted by Picasa

My wife, on the other hand, likes to sail fast and was holloring at me to go faster.

Me Posted by Picasa

Me? I didn’t care. I was to busy enjoying the beauty:

Beautiful Posted by Picasa

of Nature:

Heaven Posted by Picasa

While on our trip we also saw a ground hog (which sat up as we were taking this picture. I also snapped a picture of a deer running parallel to our care and about 7 feet away but it didn’t turn out (I think because it was dusk so there was not enough light – even with a flash).

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Anyway I had some pictures left over so I took some of my cats. I don’t get that many feline visitors to my blog so I thought I’d post these in an effort to pander to them.
This is Pounce. He’s a wild ferrocious jungle kitty that likes to get out and roam the neighborhood. I’m a bit surprised really. He’s not that big. There are much bigger cats hanging around my neighborhood, but he never seems to come home with any evidence of being in fights. He’s either really mean or runs really quick!
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This is Little Foot. He is, umm, not very bright. He was rolling around acting silly on one of the steps one day and got one of his paws caught in his collar – rolled down half a flight of steps before I caught him and got his paw untangled. Mrs. afarensis thinks he’s a dog trapped in a cats body because of stuff like that. Life really seems to have him bewildered.

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3 Responses

  1. Looks like you guys had a great time. I’d love to know what the bird was– it had a very interesting shape. Your kitties are very, very cute, most especially the goofy one who caught its foot in its collar. I love that kind of crazy behavior. Thanks for posting such nice pictures of your very fun day. It’s nice to see your face too! I think we may all be getting brave. The pirate and I are thinking we might put up some pictures of ourselves!

  2. Those pictures make me want to get out on the water! Beautiful pictures! Your kitties are sweet little rascals. I have to agreewith Rexroth’s Daughter – It is fun to see the owners of the blogs! Thanks for sharing the photos. I enjoyed them, immensely!

  3. Yup, we had a blast. I hoping to get a better camera with a telephoto lens sometime in the next month so hopefully I’ll get some close ups. I’ll do some research and see if I can find out what kind of bird it is. I did snap some pictures of some other sail boats but they were so far away you could barely see them in the pictures.

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