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Baby pelicans are so cute!

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SNIPPET 1

I like reading the comment threads of online articles because they reveal the hatred, stupidity, and ignorance that seem to be so prevalent in society. I was reading a sports article yesterday on the web site for an arch-conservative newspaper serving an arch-conservative community and an arch-conservative university. After reading the article I scrolled down to the comments only to find this:

Rules of conduct

Should I admit that I found the comments essentially dull, boring, and uninteresting.

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SNIPPET #2

Sunset and a tall ship in San Diego, California

That’s the sunset from the Maritime Museum of San Diego on Friday, September 4. I had just come from the Parade of Sail which opened the Festival of Sail taking place this weekend. Many of us consider the Parade of Sail to be the unofficial start to San Diego’s “Fleet Week” in recognition of the military stationed and living in San Diego, mostly Navy and Marine. “Fleet Week” is a misnomer since it officially starts September 8 and ends October 4.

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SNIPPET #3

I liked this statement from author Anne Rice about Kim Davis:

“Whatever gave this woman the idea that any individual has the right to publicly and stubbornly disregard the rights of an entire group of Americans, based on her personal belief? And to think all of this is over secular marriage licenses! Not life and death. Not war and peace. But secular marriage licenses! What a colossal waste all this has been of the tax payer’s money and the court’s time.”

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SNIPPET #4

Climate change seems to be bringing a lot more rain to San Diego. Along with the rain—July was the wettest July in recorded history here—has come some strange weather, like hail on March 1.

Rain and hail, though, mean clouds, something that usually is an all or none situation. However, we’re getting some really nice clouds which means really nice pictures, like this one:

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SNIPPET #5

The place where I go each year to watch the Parade of Sail has a lot of friendly pelicans, like these two:

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The little baby pelican in the middle is soooooooooo cute!

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Fall, football, fleet week, festival of sail—It all starts today!

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The unofficial start of the Festival of Sail at the Maritime Museum of San Diego begins today with the Parade of Sail at 3:00 p.m. For most of us here, that means it’s also the unofficial start of Fall, football, and Fleet Week (a misnomer since the “week” lasts from September 8 to October 4).

The Parade of Sail features tall ships from around the world and is, for me, one of the best events occurring each year in San Diego.

Here’s a selection of tall ships, some making San Diego their home, others visiting during the year, and still others visiting specifically for the Festival of Sail:

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The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

Tall ship

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ship at the 2012 Festival of Sail, San Diego

Esmeralda

Sagres ship

Star of India

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Most significant today is that the San Salvador, the recently completed full-size replica of the galleon that sailed into San Diego bay in 1542, will make its debut. While it is not expected to be under sail today, it will lead the Parade of Sail using its propellers, also known as “iron wind.”

San Salvador

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Sadly, she sits on dry land

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Imagine living in an area that has been a navy stronghold for a century.

Imagine living in an area that has one of the world’s largest maritime museums.

Imagine living in an area where big boats are built, big boats like cruise ships, battleships, aircraft carriers.

Imagine living in an area where the first ship visited the current west coast of the United States back in 1542.

You’re in San Diego!

Now imagine that maritime museum (Maritime Museum of San Diego) building a full-size replica of that first ship, the San Salvador. Looks like this:

San Salvador

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Now imagine a sixteenth century ship being built in the 21st century with 21st century technology that is unable to move the ship from drydock to the water.

You’re still in San Diego!

The San Salvador was supposed to be launched on April 19, 2015. Just a couple of days earlier one of the engineers determined that the ship was about 20 tons heavier than predicted.

Sadly, the San Salvador still it sits on dry land at the build site.

Activity dedicated to getting it into the water increased significantly the past two days. San Diego can build aircraft carriers but doesn’t have any cranes that can handle this weight. The closest crane is in Los Angeles, and apparently the folks up there want too much money to come help.

Sadly, the San Salvador continues to sit on dry land.

Tugboat bargeThis morning’s activity, which began at 5:00 a.m., was dedicated to getting the San Salvador onto a tugboat barge (picture ►), off to Chula Vista for leak testing, and then into the water within the next few days.

Sadly, the San Salvador continues to sit on dry land.

The deck of the tugboat barge sits higher than drydock, so there must be a low tide of a certain height in order to get the San Salvador onto the barge. Today at 7:00 a.m. was one of those low tides, with a window up to about 10:00 a.m.

I arrived at 4:30 this morning. At 10:19 a.m. with two words, “Not today,” they informed the crowd that the San Salvador wasn’t moving today. That was it.

Sadly, the San Salvador still sits in drydock….

The next appropriate low tide is two weeks away, sadly.

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Out & About—Almost ready to launch!

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Back in early 2011, the Maritime Museum of San Diego announced plans to build a full-size replica of the San Salvador galleon. I didn’t find out where they were going to build such a ship until July 2011, at which point I visited the site and got a few pictures:

San Salvador galleon in San Diego, California

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San Salvador galleon in San Diego, California

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San Salvador galleon in San Diego, California

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Scot 2704 Juan Rodríguez CabrilloThe San Salvador was the flagship of an expedition under the command of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo. It was a 200-ton galleon built on the Pacific coast of Guatemala in the late 1530s.

Cabrillo and over 170 Spaniards, Portuguese, and other Europeans, together with indigenous workers from New Spain, Central America, and West Africa sailed in June 1542 to explore the northern Pacific and eventually reach Asia.

Cabrillo’s voyage on the San Salvador resulted in the first visit to San Diego bay by a European-organized expedition, as well as the first encounter with native peoples of the region.

Originally, it was only supposed to take fourteen months to build the ship, but all sorts of problems occurred, first and foremost of which was that the European company that was supposed to furnish the wood for the ship went out of business. I think it took several months to find another supplier. It’s not every day that one goes looking for the same type of wood that ships were built with in the 1530s!

A recent email from the Maritime Museum indicated that the San Salvador is almost ready to launch, so I went to get pictures of it still in dry dock:

San Salvador galleon in San Diego, California

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San Salvador galleon in San Diego, California

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Isn’t she purty?

Eventually I’ll have much more about the San Salvador, Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Cabrillo National Monument, and Spanish Landing, the place where the Spanish landed on September 28, 1542. I also am planning on making it to the launch to get video, which should prove fascinating to a history buff like me.

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2014 Festival of Sail is here!

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The San Diego Festival of Sail officially starts tomorrow and runs through Labor Day!

However, today from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. is the Festival of Sail Tall Ships Parade, always led by the Californian, the official tall ship of the State of California, based right here in San Diego.

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

The Californian, official tall ship of the State of California

Here are some pictures of tall ships from Tall Ship Parades in years gone by:

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ships in San Diego for the Festival of Sail

Tall Ship Parade at San Diego Festival of Sail

Tall ship in San Diego

Tall ship at the 2012 Festival of Sail, San Diego

The Festival of Sail is the largest tall ship festival on the west coast and is hosted at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. Labor Day weekend in downtown San Diego is transformed into a nautical theme park for four days.

Admission is only $7 for adults.

Open 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday.

For more information, go to Festival of Sail.

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