Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Day 5

We departed Port San Luis at 3 am, and headed out under brilliant
starry skies... We found a pretty calm and relatively flat sea, and
made our way down the coast. Chad caught a fish, but it escaped as we
were netting it. Not 30 minutes later, though, we hooked another one
and managed to keep this one - even bigger than yesterday's fish! We
will be eating well for a few more days now (not that we weren't
eating well to begin with!)

We passed by Vandenberg AFB and could easily see the space launch
facilities from an unusual perspective; we then passed several oil
platforms -there aren't too many left on the California coast, but we
saw most of them pretty closely. After passing point Arguello, we made
for San Miguel island. Along the way, the wind picked up, and we
regularly were seeing 8-9 knots as the swell helped us along.
Fortunately, the crew seems to have become inured to the motion of the
boat, and we could easily eat and tend to chores.

Approaching the island, we saw whales (blue whales we think) up pretty
close! We reached the anchorange around 5 pm, and while it's very
pretty, the wind is howling -- we'll be keeping a close eye on the
anchor tonight.

--chad

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