Despite all the connections you can make and all you can learn through the digital world, there’s nothing like actually being there. With that in mind we jumped on a Southwest plane yesterday morning at the Oakland airport for a day trip to the San Diego Sunroad Marina Boat Show. We’re still amazed by how easy it is to do. All our unpaid TSA agents were efficiently working away, and the short trip was made even more fun when we rented the Lime scooter that was right outside the terminal to scoot over to Shelter Island first and then back to Sunroad Marina on Harbor Island for the show.
The added bonus: By traveling five degrees south from 38° North to 33° North, the temperature went up 10 degrees from 62° to 72°, making for very pleasant dock walking.
The Sunroad is a mixed power and sail show with plenty to see in a day. We visited with all our harbormaster friends up from Mexico, many yacht brokers with a nice variety of new monohulls and multihulls on display, and sailors like the owner of a Mason 53 who did a seven-year Pacific cruise starting with the Pacific Puddle Jump in 2002. He’s now looking to do it again, but this time on a cat in the 50-ft range.
Yesterday was a busy Day 1 of a four-day show. With a good forecast for the weekend, it’s an ideal time to unplug from the Internet, see some real boats, and talk to real people. The show offers a few educational seminars and some great boats. It’s amazingly convenient to the San Diego airport. In fact, we were disappointed by a fail when we couldn’t activate a Lime scooter to scoot back to the airport. Fortunately the airport is so close you can actually walk to it from Sunroad Marina, and a walk is always good for you too.