On Thursday, we boarded the Lord Hornblower for a two hour cruise in the harbor to watch the tall ships parade in, prior to San Diego's four day Festival of Sail. It was a great decision on our part because we wanted to try to take photos of the ships, and Captain Rich (who also gets to be the Captain when the Star of India sails!) did a wonderful job of maneuvering us around the ships so we had many opportunities and viewpoints for our photographs. We got seats on the top, open deck, where it was plenty HOT!!! Luckily, once we were underway, the wind helped to cool us off a bit.
The Captain went out to "meet" the ships, so we could see them pass by on our starboard side, then he turned around and caught up with the ships as they sailed in so we could see them again off our port side. Later we cruised down closer to the Coronado bridge so we could do some photography with the bridge in the background.
We enjoyed being close enough to the ships to see the crew members working to bring the sails down as they prepared to dock at the Embarcadero. Yikes!
Just the sails themselves are totally cool, and make good subjects for photos!
Rich and I shared this adventure with our friends, Andy and Mary, and then finished off the morning with a most delicious sandwich from Mona Lisa in Little Italy...once again reinforcing the belief that "retirement is a good thing."