we were totally ready for battle!

So my grand Monterey Bay adventure didn’t exactly come to fruition. We were ready to go and every one was psyched. James, Bekah and I loaded to boat together in the early afternoon down in Monterey. Then we picked up more team members en route to Santa Cruz and got the whole team and support crew together for dinner in the Santa Cruz Harbor. I had strawberry shortcake while everyone else had fancier dinners, I’m still pretty sure I made the better choice :) And then I noticed James had been gone for a pretty long time on the phone and started to realize there’s only one dude that could hold his attention for that long right now… the boat captain… oh shit…

He came back with cell phone video from the boat that showed conditions were pretty gnarly out there. It looked like stock footage from deadliest catch or something, not good. There was hope that when the sun went down it would flatten out a little bit but that didn’t appear to be what was going to happen that night. Part way to Santa Cruz the captain called it and shut us down. It just wasn’t safe to run the swim. It sucks to lose out the opportunity to swim the Bay, but better safe than sorry… it’d suck a lot harder to misplace a swimmer or paddler in 3000 feet of water.

at least I got to be on the boat for a little bit even if it was docked

Without a plan as to what to do now we fell back on the Wine portion of the Westend Wharf Wine & Swim Club and headed to their “clubhouse,” Vino Prima, up on the wharf. Afterwards we shuttled down to Monterey to get our stuff back off the boat and then went to my Kelp Krawler friend Chris’ house to crash out for the night. After waking up today Bekah and I went out for a whole bunch of Korean food and then drove back to my house. She’s en route back home to Orange County now and I’m already getting calls from James about possible reschedule dates. He’s determined to make this thing happen and I definitely want in, hopefully we can pull it all together one more time and cross the bay this time!

7 Responses to “…Or Maybe Not…”

  1. Katie says:

    Bummer! You must be crushed. (I feel vicariously devastated myself.) Good thing for wine and Korean food to ease the pain.

  2. Rob D says:

    we were all disappointed to not be able to swim, but it’s all part of doing more ambitious adventure swims… the longer the distance the more chance there is of nature not letting it happen… there’s talk of trying again in July but I don’t know for sure yet.

    Friends, wine and korean food definitely help take the edge off the whole thing for sure :)

  3. IronMike says:

    That is the funniest freakin’ picture, ever!

  4. Rob D says:

    Mike – what’s really funny is she wore that thing for like an hour of the drive :)

  5. Katie says:

    Hahaha. She looks so cute and serious.

  6. Rob D says:

    it was a hard picture to take without laughing… it’s hard to keep a straight face while cruising on highway 101 in a neoprene cap and goggles :)

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