Wilmington- on the Sailboat again

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After our return from Germany, it was time to get back on the Sailboat. We wanted to explore southern California and slowly move the boat back to the San Francisco Bay.

But first, we had to pick up our dog Noah, who had stayed with friends and was very well taken care off. After we checked upon a few things back home, we made our way to Wilmington, Los Angeles. The Sailboat had to be cleaned up and provisioned. But we were soon ready to head towards our first stop – Catalina Island, one of the Channel Islands. We were excited to see them.

Wilmington is very industrial and motoring out, we passed endless numbers of cranes and container ships. It was super interesting to see how the Containers were being loaded. We were hoping to not get in the way of a Container ship entering or leaving the channel and we got lucky.

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After a little bit of motoring we were able to sail straight into Emerald Bay, which was highly recommended to what we were looking for. We were assigned a mooring close to the beach and had a nice first sunset. The adventure continued!

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Baking Bread without stove!

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Knowing that the bread supply, especially in Mexico would be limited and since we don’t have an oven on board, I did some research before we left. I found these useful information from The Boat Galley and decided to invest into the Omnia Oven.

We were very happy to have it on board, as you can only eat that many Tortilla’s. Especially coming from Germany, it’s hard to get by without bread or beer, well, both. 🙂 Whenever we got the chance to run into a larger supermarket, we would check on flour and we sometimes also had a hard time finding yeast. When we did find either or the other, we would try to stock up, or mixed bread flour with tortilla flour. It turned out quite nice, see for yourself.

Bye, bye Germany and Hello Iceland

Our good-bye from my Dad was special and had an unwanted extension. My Dad drove us, after a yummy breakfast with everyone, to Freiburg to the train station. When the train suddenly arrived, we jumped up and grabbed all our belongings and my Dad helped us aboard. While we were storing luggage, the doors suddenly shut! BEFORE it had reached the scheduled departure time. I ran to the door together with my Dad and we tried to get the attention from the station agent, to open the doors again. He looked at us, than simply looked away and the train slowly started moving. This is common, ones the doors are locked, they won’t open anymore. My adrenaline was flying out of my ears and I looked at my Dad in disbelief. He had such a great humor about it and just said, hey, this way, I just have you a little bit longer.

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He walked up to the front to find out, why the train had left early. When he came back, he told us, we were all in the WRONG TRAIN. Oh man, and that when you try to get to the airport and have to catch a plane. We listened to the announcement of the train agent in case there had been other people, who got in the wrong train and found out, that we were able to catch the right train at another stop. This train had been delayed and the right one as well, both luckily going in the same direction, but this one did not stop at the airport.

My Dad stayed with us for about an hour until the train stopped for the first time in Baden-Baden. We said our good-bye’s and this mistake almost made us laugh already. We continued and switched trains on one of the next stops. We made it fine to Frankfurt airport and had quite a long walk and bus drive from the train station to the terminal of WOW airlines. Just shows you ones again, better plan extra hours when traveling.

The flight to Reykjavik took a little over 4 hours and the flight attendants are pretty darn cute and super friendly. I understood, why the Captain was liking the airline. 😉 But they don’t have an entertainment program, so it seemed like a long flight, there is only so much you can do with a kid.

Arriving in Iceland, we found out that they had checked the stroller through to San Francisco, so we decided to take a Taxi to the hostel. We had a layover of 18 hours. Damn, Iceland was cold! AND we were told that that was the warmest day. The hostel looked cool, as you can see from the pics.

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It was nice to rest up and have a good night sleep. The next leg was about 8 hours and drove me nuts. We were all happy, when we arrived back in San Francisco.

After we received our luggage, we made our way to the air train to get to the rental car place. The train just left, but the Captain rushed us to the other track and we quickly went aboard. I was laughing and looked at him, yes, let’s just get on quickly, before checking if this is the right one. After we sat in the train, did a full circle around the airport, w arrived again where where we had gotten in. Wow, we again had entered the wrong train (even just an airtrain) and felt pretty silly. We owe this story to my Dad! LOL

Now we just had to get dog Noah and continue our journey. The plan was to drive down to Wellingtons to the sailboat with the rental car, after a little rest.

Ecomuseum/France

Back in Staufen, our final days in Europe had started. Wanting to see France one my time, my Dad and his partner thought of the Ecomuseum in Alsace.

The Écomusée d’Alsace is the largest living open-air museum in France and shows an Alsatian village from the early 20th century. It illustrates what rural life was like in Alsace and invites visitors to find out about popular traditions and art of the region, including buildings and artefacts, craftsmen at work, temporary exhibitions, attractions and events both small and large.

It was quite an experience and enjoyed from all of us, even from Mats. 🙂

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Wonder what the cow thought of that device?

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Bye, bye, France, or see you later!

Interlaken/Switzerland- Schynige Platte

My Dad had recommended to drive to Interlaken  and take a little train up the Alps to the Schynige Platte. Wow, that was insane and the best tip.

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It took about an hour to get up there and we had a beautiful sunny day to enjoy it.

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Mats surprised us with managing a big hike and enjoyed smelling lots of flowers along the way.

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The view was spectacular.

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Luckily the Captain had already gone ahead with Mats, when this snake crossed my path.

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We finished off with a nice meal up the mountain, before taking the train back down and continuing our drive to Linz to another campground.

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Thuner See/Schweiz

The Captain always wanted to visit the Alps and we were not far away. So, we drove towards Bern and stopped at the Lake Thun in Switzerland. All Campgrounds close during there lunch break. After a long drive and that not in mind, it can get a bit frustrating to arrive at exactly the times when they are on there break and all you need, is a break. It also happened, that we had no swiss coins and everywhere we tried to park, that’s all they would take.

After my entry was denied and I was also ask to move away from the parking spot in front of the gate, Evan tried his luck and his charm got us in. Yeayee! 🙂

We parked and walked to the lake and chilled a little. The Alps in the background, the scenery was so pretty.

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We only stayed one day. But it was a good one!

WE ARE BACK HOME!

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Before I continue with our travel to Europe, let me just give you a shout:” WE MADE IT BACK TO SAUSALITO!”

It’s been challenging, but the Captain tried to make it as comfortable as possible for us, we really waited for perfect weather windows, stayed in Marina’s when it started being too cold for showers in the ocean waters.

Especially the last part from Half Moon Bay to Sausalito will stay in our memories on the sailing agenda, as we were able to sail with south winds all the way through the Golden Gate Bridge. This is rather rare.

We now enjoy being back home and have lots of tasks to work on and have to start making some $$$ soon.

It’s been a big adventure!

Thank you for following us throughout the year, there is more to write and show you, when I get the chance. 🙂

To Sail or Not To Be – For the Captain a sentence, a question for me. This journey gave me an answer.