This Fourth of July weekend, I was lucky enough to enjoy an aquatic adventure in the Bay Area. I’m sharing this experience with you not to gloat, but to whet your appetites for some boating excursions and local escapades in your near future – thanks to JustShareIt, of course!
The fun began on Saturday when I joined some friends on their 25-foot Valiant sailboat on the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, known locally as “the delta.” My boyfriend and I drove from San Francisco to Rio Vista where we met them in the marina and climbed aboard with both a kayak and a stand-up paddleboard (we don’t mess around when we’re out on the water). We sailed out a few miles – okay we motored because there was no wind that morning – and dropped anchor. There, in the dry heat, we cooled off in the crisp, cold river. I went on a paddleboard jaunt and piqued the interest of a nearby boat owner, curious about the “new” sport. He couldn’t believe it was only my second time (and it won’t be my last – if you haven’t tried it, please do so immediately). After we all took a few turns on the smaller crafts, it was time to grill. In true American style, we cooked up some bacon-wrapped steak medallions.
When we were done, the sun was setting and it was time to head back to the marina as, unfortunately, there wasn’t enough room for us all to sleep on the boat. The wind was picking up and I got my first sailing lesson. I was upgraded from Third Mate to Skipper, if only for about 15 minutes. We reluctantly debarked and strapped all of our toys to the roof of our minivan, prepared to return to our terrestrial lives.
But the water called us back. The next day, we discovered that a boat-living friend just bought a 30-foot sailboat and has to sell his 27-footer and give up his slip in Sausalito, fully equipped with a view of Mount Tamalpais. It’s not set in stone but it looks like we might have a “second home” on the water. In fact, knowing we can offset some of the costs of ownership through the JustShareIt community is making this dream a bit more of a reality. If it all pans out, we’ll share it with you!