We packed up early this morning to sail across San Francisco Bay on Dad’s boat. Destination: Angel Island! It’s a small island in the middle of San Francisco bay. During the civil war it was used as an immigration center and a place to quarantine ships arriving from foreign countries. They inspected the ships and the passengers to make sure they weren’t carrying any diseases. Some people had to stay on the island for weeks – or months. I was worried they would check me for fleas or ticks but Dad said they don’t do those inspections anymore. Now it’s just a great place to hike, bike, picnic and swim. And we did it all!
We docked the boat on the north side of the island and headed off for a 6-mile hike around the island. We could see all of San Francisco! And boy was it a hot day. Luckily, some of that famous San Francisco fog rolled in under the Golden Gate Bridge in the afternoon to cool us down.
While hiking, we saw a deer up on the hill. I don’t know how he got out there, on an island in the middle of the bay! But Mom says deer can swim. I’m not so sure about that, but we did see two seals swimming by us on our sail home.
The wind was really blowing during the sail back home and the boat was leaning so far to the side that the edge of the boat was in the water. (Dad calls that “keeling”. Mom calls it “screaming”!) Speaking of screaming, Mom and Jack did plenty of that. I stayed tucked inside Mom’s pocket. Dad just laughed! He’s a good sailor so I wasn’t worried. As we pulled into the harbor I sat on the deck and barked at the seagulls. Dad and Jack docked the boat. Boy is sailing fun!