3 years ago my parents bought a sailboat, intending to take sailing lessons. Between moving to another town, taking care of me when I was sick, remodeling two bathrooms and landscaping their yard, the sailing lessons didn't begin until just recently. They have been practicing taking the boat in and out of the slip and taking it around the harbor but they hadn't actually sailed it out of the Ventura Harbor.
Sunday there was finally enough wind to really take it out ... into the ocean! Benjamin (my five year old nephew) and I happened to be on the boat that day. The weather wasn't exactly sunny in Southern California but it made for some interesting blue/grey paletted (is that a word?) photos and it was so fun watching the sea lions and pelicans with Ben. I might need to do some watercolors and pastels from these ...
There is something so amazing about being out there ... being cradled by the ocean and leaving the world behind. Well, sort of. We were also eating potato chips and listening to Frank Sinatra as well as the weather reports from land to make sure were weren't going to end up in a George Clooney "wave movie" , but still. We were out there.
It's a different view of the world out there, of the planet, and it's always good to get a different perspective.