Our original plan had us sailing offshore from Neah Bay directly to San Diego. We were only a week out when Laura got sick and we had to make emergency landfall into Crescent City. We stayed in Crescent City long enough for Chuck to clean the boat and Laura to recover. The next jump down the coast brought us to Eureka, CA where we spent an additional six weeks waiting weather. Bad bar reports or small craft warnings were constant and the window never arrived that would allow us to leave. We realized the only way to get further down the coast was to put the boat on a trailer. Laura made a few calls and was able to aquire a position with West Marine again, this time in San Francisco.
We packed up the cat, locked up the boat and headed into the big city. With Laura now working, Chuck made plans with a friend to pick up Lealea in Eureka, put her on a trailer and drive to Sausilito where she was put back in the water. Another good friend offered to help Chuck bring the boat from Sausalito to Redwood City and our new temporary slip at West Point Harbor. We enjoyed our stay but Laura was bicycling six miles into work every day in a not so bicycle friendly area. We stayed for several months before moving the boat closer to both work and local markets into another small marina, Bair Island. Both marinas were located in tidal flats and we were only able to leave at high tide.
We stayed in San Francisco Bay for 10 months and during that time were only able to make one trip down the bay for a weekend away. We went to Balllena Bay where we spent an evening at the local yacht club and enjoyed their hospitality. Then, for a major change of pace, we decided to visit St. Francis Yacht Club and use their visitor's dock. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the club then headed out to explore downtown San Francisco which was an easy walk from the club.
We enjoyed our stay in San Francisco but when May arrived we were ready to set sail. The Plan this time was to sail to Hawaii, stop for a short time, re-supply, then leave for Alaska. That was the "plan".