"What's your ultimate goal?"
I was asked this question at an interview recently. My answer was quick.
"My ultimate goal is to write for Sunset Magazine. I'll hitch an Airstream to my Land Cruiser and ride all over the west, taking pictures and telling stories."
What I didn't get into was the vacation home I plan to have:
A sailboat docked in Loreto.
Yes, that's my ultimate goal... living a life of sweet adventures and relaxing on a boat in the sun. I love sailboats. There's just something romantic about the thought of living on one, sailing from port to port, docking only to come ashore for supplies. Or a party.
I've always dreamed about getting a sailboat. I loved spending the night on a B&B style sailboat, imagining the whole time where I would go if it was mine. When we lived in Ensenada, I'd go down to the marina for some mariscos or ceviche tostadas and walk around the harbor. I'd stare out at the boats and make dream plans for a life at sea. To say I'm enamored with the idea is an understatement.
It would be a shame to wait until retirement to do the things we dream of today, but life being what it is, I'm not exactly in a position to go riding or sailing off into the sunset just yet. But a little boat at the harbor for weekend fun isn't out of the realm of possibilities.
Next weekend, we're heading out to the Progressive San Diego International Boat Show. Aside from all the beautiful boats to ogle and dream about, there are lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
- Try It Cove challenges attendees to find out first hand why paddle sports are all the rage with a variety of free opportunities to get on the water, including Stand Up Paddling (SUP), kayaking and more.
- Attendees can learn all about SCUBA. Dive into an underwater world in the comfort of a heated pool. Anyone ages 10 and older can learn how to scuba dive with a certified instructor – all one needs is a swimsuit to participate. The Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA) provides scuba gear, changing rooms and hair dryers. Participants can also get a photo taken underwater as a fun keepsake.
- Free sailing lesson aboard the Sailing Simulator, featured at the America’s Cup.
- Tastes & sounds of summer: Visit the new floating Tiki Bar by Fiddler’s Green, Anchors & Ales Beer Garden or popular food trucks, plus a BBQ hosted by the Rotary Club La Mesa to enjoy libations and local cuisine favorites while listening to island/boat music from a steel drum band.
- Climb aboard a Vietnam War boat: Presented by the San Diego Maritime Museum, visitors can board and tour one of the historic PCF 816 Swift Boats used during the Vietnam War.
- Nautical Activities for the Kids: While mom and dad are shopping for the new family boat, little skippers can enjoy the Kids’ Zone, drawing their favorite nautical picture to take home as a souvenir, enjoy activities at Try It Cove and play bag “bait” toss at the Progressive Insurance booth for prizes.
- DIY clinics for the hand’s on boater: Back again this year is the Fred’s Shed Interactive Learning Center, a garage-like setting, to learn how to keep that boat in tip-top shape.
Want to go? Check out the Progressive San Diego International Boat Show website. and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates.