Life got completely surreal last night when Jonathan and I decided to go on a sunset harbor cruise with 8 other people.
For $15 per person you can show some dock boy your driver’s license and captain a boat for a few hours. Do they care where you go? Nope! Do they care if you’ve ever been on a boat before? Nope! Booze? Why not, Captain!
I had no idea places in America still existed like that.
Anyway, we got settled in and took out to sea.
The trip was filled with wonder and delight. Or at least, it could have been filled with wonder and delight had our boat load of people not been screaming, “I WANT TO SEE DOLPHINS!”
Nonetheless, we took in some sights.
The Queen Mary (ever-present in this blog’s narrative):
Tons of oil rigs:
Chevron’s lovely oil tanker, The Mississippi Voyager:
My favorite sight of all was the seals:
We just so happened to cruise on the same day as the Jazz Festival in the Marina. Over 1,000 jazz fans packed the marina. Most of the people were walking casually about the marina, but a large number of them were also on (incredibly expensive) docked boats in the harbor.
Needless to say, parallel parking a rental boat was tricky.
Captain Greg had no boating experience, but we all put our faith in him.
When it was time to pull the boat forward to readjust, the engine slipped and Captain Greg gunned it in reverse.
Directly into one of those expensive boats filled with people.
A thousand jazz fans collectively went “Woah”.
It wasn’t pretty.
This was my cue to step off the boat and run away.
And so ended a lovely sunset cruise in the harbor.
Have you ever been in a boating mishap?
What’s the craziest animal you have seen in the wild?