Sailing Adventure

For many years my family watched the Fourth of July fireworks from our house on the hill. On clear nights, we could see the highest fireworks from the Chrissy Field show shooting above the hilltops. This year we decided to get a little bit closer and watch the fireworks from a sailboat on the Bay. It was the first time that we'd seen them from that perspective and it was spectacular.


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It was a windy day at the Berkeley Marina where we departed; so windy that someone was able to fly this huge spiral kite.


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Our journey got underway in the early afternoon with moderate seas. Here's Loraine holding on as a big wave hits the boat.


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Our first destination was Angel Island (shown here) so that we could stop for a little dinner before our big night of fireworks watching.


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We made it safely to Angel Island where I posed with our boat.


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We took a walk up along the perimeter road and sat at this bench for a while to look at the beautiful view of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay.


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We tried to put our camera on the bench to take a shot of Loraine and I together, but it kept blowing over at the exact moment that it was taking the picture. This is the third attempt and it turned out pretty well -- thank goodness the camera didn't fall apart upon impact!


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After dinner it was back onto the Bay where Loraine snapped this shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.


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Shortly after sundown, we were in the perfect position to see six different fireworks shows. Some ran simultaneously and it was often difficult to decide which show to watch!



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