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Hawaii   5 comments

Once checked in at the marine office it was time to explore, 10 minutes later that was complete, there wasn’t a lot around, the marine itself was very nice, new and with good facilities, but a long way from anywhere, ok if you had a car.

Talking of cars, I found this beauty in the car park.

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Further around the bay were four very nice resorts, each with it’s own lagoon.

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These we could swim in, but not the hotel pools, they were for guests only. This is the one I would sneak into.

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Later that first night Sean and I went out for a meal, found a bar with a view, watched the canoes go by with a cold beer.

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Later that night the rain started, it was a downpour like I had never seen before, the barman gave us a poncho each for the walk back to Kapowai, these didn’t make a bit of difference, I found out why the following morning when I found them in my pocket still in their wrapper. Half way back to the boat I remember taking off my Jandals (flip flops) because they were too slippery, as soon as I got them off I ended up on my ar$e, yeah my bare feet were no match for this rain.

This was the scene the following day, just as well as we didn’t feel much like venturing out.

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Arriving Hawaii   Leave a comment

After 11 days at sea we finally arrived in Hawaii, it was a pleasant trip, I was a bit sea sick for a couple of days out of San Diego but soon got my sea legs.

There was not a lot to see on the way, very little wild life, one ship and a large steel pipe floating vertically out of the water, unfortunately I was off shift and didn’t get a photo.

Honolulu in the distance, looks a bit stormy, still a nice sight after days at sea.

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We sailed past Honolulu, past one airport, past another airport until we found our marina, it was a very nice marina but a long way from anywhere.

Kapowai at berth.

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A long walk to dry land, but after only having 60 odd feet to walk around in this was very nice.

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The walk was worth it.

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Posted March 30, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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Leaving San Diego   Leave a comment

It was a great couple of days in San Diego, absolutely stunning city, so clean and friendly, sad to leave but hopefully one day i’ll be back.

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On the way out we passed these Navel run Dolphin pens, apparently the Navy were trying to train Dolphins to be spy’s but when undercover the Dolphins would always just eat Tuna sandwiches and this was proved to be there downfall, the Navy has now given up and will be releasing them soon.

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Seals everywhere, they would rest anywhere, on the swin decks and in peoples tenders.

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Something you don’t often see together, an Osprey and seagulls.

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As a final parting gift from San Diego we passed these beauty’s.

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Next stop Hawaii.

San Diego   10 comments

After all the excitement at LAX it was time for a bit of R&R. A good rest and now we were up and ready to explore San Diego, now i’ve done a bit of travelling, but you know what? I’ve never before set foot in the USA, yeah i’ve been in transit, sitting in the transit lounge was as close as I got.

A cab was hailed and downtown San Diego was just 10 minutes away, the first thing I saw was the museum ship USS Midway. Built during WWII she was commissioned two weeks after the end of WWII but later served in Korea, Vietnam and the first Gulf war.  For a full history follow this link.

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On de-commissioning she was donated to the city of San Diego. she is in a great condition, a credit to all who sailed on her and those who look after her now. I didn’t get to tour her as Sean had done so the day before and didn’t fancy it again, you can find his post on her here.

What did impress me was these guys.

 

Just past the USS Midway is this statue, a representation of the famous photograph taken on VJ day. The Kiss was a photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt that portrays a U.S. Navy sailor grabbing and kissing a stranger—a woman in a white dress—on Victory over Japan Day (“V-J Day”) in New York City’s Times Square on August 14, 1945.

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A short walk from the waterfront in the Gaslamp Quarter, This is the old part of San Diego dating from the 1880s.

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Some of the old building were fantastic, as were the old pubs.

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I don’t think this sign is old but it looked pretty cool.

L.A.   14 comments

Yes I am still alive, I know it’s been awhile, but life gets in the way occasionally, after my epic Atlantic crossing in February 2016 I thought I would never be able to top a trip like that, I was wrong.

It all started again on the 28th August 2016, nearly didn’t make the flight to L.A. as I only had a one way ticket and my visa didn’t cover that, after some negotiation pleading and then bribery grovelling I made it, I then had the same on arrival in L.A.

Anyway, now in L.A. I made my way to the domestic terminal to get a flight to San Diego, ticket in hand, bag checked in, I joined the queue to be body scanned, now as I took my belt and shoes off all the TSA (Transport Security Administration) staff suddenly ran off, now I know it had been a long day……… Oh wait it wasn’t my feet after all, there was a suspected shooter.

Now most people were pretty cool but a lot were running, screaming and crying, bags had been dropped, pushchairs had kids grabbed out of them and both parent and child were long gone leaving the pushchair behind, me being daft walked with my shoes still in the tray to the balcony to see if I could see the shooter, my thought was rather than just run, at least see the shooter first and run in the opposite direction, I decided to put my shoes on now and did so keeping one eye on the floor below. The airport was now going into lockdown, everyone was directed to one location while heavily armed police checked everywhere.

After about two hours of nervous chit chat with fellow travellers we all seem to receive a text message, now I never have my phone on vibrate, data roaming was off, wifi was off but my phone still vibrated and the tone was something that isn’t even built into my phone, very spooky, this was the message.

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I love it when technology like this works.

Finally boarded a flight to San Diego, short taxi ride and I was met at the marine gate by my brother Sean for the short walk to Kapowai, bags dumped, quick chat and bed, it’s been a long day. At this point I didn’t know Kapowai would be my home for the next 90+ days.

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Posted February 13, 2017 by rigmover in Pacific Crossing

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