I am somewhere off the coast of Mexico bear the bottom of the Baha Peninsula. The weather has finally started to warm up and we haven’t had rain since yesterday. The skies are still cloudy and the sun is weak but it is now somewhere in the 60s I believe. Much better than when I arrived in California about a week and a half ago. Yes, California, the ‘golden state’ because of its weather and the gold rush in the 1800s. Great weather, awesome beaches, lots of sun. SUN? It rained the whole time I was there and all I heard about were ‘bomb tornadoes’ and ‘atmospheric rivers’. The ground is saturated. The wind is knocking down trees and roads are closed all over the place as far south as Los Angeles.

The pier at Aptos it’s the cement ship.

I stayed with my dear friend Pat Dawkins in her new home across from a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. So we were dry and far enough away not to worry about sliding into the ocean. But you could certainly hear the surf pounding the shore and below that cliff is what was once a pier with an old ship, built during the war out of cement because of the lack of metal at the time and sunk there after, I think, WW1 as part of the pier. In any case its been there a long time. All of it now pretty damaged. Everyone told me I had picked the worst week to visit, weather-wise, since the early 1980s. But the silver lining to this storm is that Pat and I got to spend a lot of time together getting caught up on our lives and I got to see her stunning new home in Aptos, CA near Santa Cruz. Mostly we had a cozy fire burning and a glass of wine, several glasses of wine!! Then, before you knew, it was time to head over to San Francisco and board Insignia.

Pat’s cozy living room.

Saturday January 14, Pat’s driver drove us to SanFrancisco. It rained all the way. They dropped me at the Fairmont Hotel and no sooner had I checked in than I heard my name being called across the lobby. There were two couples from the 2018/2020 ATW cruises and I was so happy to see them. These world cruises are like family reunions. The next day, still raining, we were taken to our ship to start my around the world (ATW) adventure. On board, the family reunion continues… so lovely to see the crew and passengers we have sailed with previously. Lots of hugs and smiles and it is such a good feeling to restart old friendships. Wine and hors d’oeuvres flow along with the animated conversations of catching up while we wait in the lounge for our rooms to be ready for us.

Saying goodbye to Pat at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco

There was lots to nibble on at our reception, so I decided to skip dinner and get my cabin in order, unpack and get settled in. Sail away was at 10pm, an hour earlier than planned to try to avoid a band of bad weather that was moving in . We were no sooner out of the harbour when the waves started to rock the ship and I was put to sleep by the rock and roll of the ship in the rather heavy seas. I thought I am off again on another exciting venture as I drifted off to sleep, lulled by the motion of the ocean.

14 responses to “ON BOARD, AND SAILING…”

  1. Thanks Pat for the update
    So sorry for the initial bad weather but hopefully sunny days ahead
    Weather here has not been “clever”as the Britts say Gloomy and rainy and windy and some snow and ice
    Stay safe We all miss you I will forward your email to the Mermaids
    ❤️ from Hedy


    1. Sorry for the lack of photos. Haven’t figured out how to download yet. Good to hear from you. Xxoo


  2. Happy Sailing Pat. I am sending sun and warmer weather wishes your way. Safe travels and I look forward to your next travel log. – Maggie xoxo


    1. Thanks Maggie. Glad you are travelling along with me. 💕


  3. Lorraine Joyner Avatar
    Lorraine Joyner

    Thanks for taking us along on your trip.OMG – wind and waves are not my friends when I am sailing but glad to hear you fell asleep.  Have a great trip! Best, Lorraine

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  4. Glad you got off to a good start. Look forward to all your ports of call. 🤩


  5. So excited to start your trip. Sorry about California but it gave you an opportunity to spend some one on one with your friend which is always fun. Diane and Neil had a whirlwind trip to Egypt Jordan and England and are slowly recovering but loved it. They are looking forward to their next one. No sun here .keep sending updates and pictures ..xxxxx👏👍😄😄😃🥰🙋‍♀️💃💃💃


    1. Hi Doreen. I will send pictures once I figure out how to get them in my blog!!!! I’ve conquered the writing so…. I followed Diane & Neil’s trip and it looked amazing. That is the ;next part of the world I want to go to. Want to come with me??? XXOO


  6. Hope you have smooth sailing from now on!


  7. Wonderful to read of your progress. Definitely an unusual year weather wise. Hope things get on an even keel.
    Miss you, Alice B.


  8. Philip Whitaker Avatar
    Philip Whitaker

    Sounds like you got off to a wet start Pat but, knowing you, that wouldn’t matter a bit.
    Have fun with your shipmates and enjoy the cruise. Phil x


  9. If it makes you feel any better Pat, we haven’t seen much sun here in a long time 😢


  10. If it makes you feel any better Pat, we haven’t seen much sun here in a long time 😢
    Have fun.
    Love Kathy & Craig ♥️♥️


  11. Ahoy Pat.
    We landlubbers are happy to hear that you avoided getting water-logged in CA and SanFran and are now in your happy place on the big blue ocean.
    We look forward to following you around the world and, also, to your safe return in July. Have a great time. Stay healthy and dry….well, sort of dry.
    Hugs and cheers to you
    Blythe. ❤️🍷


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