Sailing, Hiking, and Nabbing Sea Lion Pups--June, 2007

It was a dark and stormy night. No, actually, it wasn't. It was a cold, windy, and foggy day. Yep, a typical summer's day in the San Francisco Bay.

We arrived at Angel Island for lunch and a hike. Meanwhile, a sick sea lion pup had caught the attention of the Marine Mammal Center who, after three days, decided to capture the youth and nurse him back to health. And these three parties would collide on a slip in Ayala Cove at Angel Island.

The two volunteers enlisted the aid of our skipper David and the team, including three park rangers, valiantly tried to capture the ailing piniped, but the sea lion definitely did not want to go in the box, bit the handler, and slipped into the cool, Bay waters.

So, we hiked to the top of Angel Island (and then back down), had cake, sailed back to Berkeley, and enjoyed a nice Japanese hibachi at Hana Japan.

Sorry about the pictures. If you ever become the CEO of a telephone manufacturer, and you have the choice of putting in a higher resolution camera, the correct choice is, Just Do It!

Susie and David

Susie and David

The plan is hatched

The plan is hatched

Don't mind us, we're just harmless pieces of plywood

Don't mind us, we're just harmless pieces of plywood

Sea lion pup unaware of its fate

Sea lion pup unaware of its fate

Sea lion pup still unaware of its fate

Sea lion pup still unaware of its fate

Excellent catch, or nice shot of David's butt--your choice

Excellent catch, or nice shot of David's butt--your choice

The troops descend

The troops descend

Getting the rascal into the box

Getting the rascal into the box

David reaches for the tail...

David reaches for the tail...

...and thinks better of it (after seeing all those teeth)

...and thinks better of it (after seeing all those teeth)

Debra with the cake that Sharon baked

Debra with the cake that Sharon baked


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