July 3, 2016 – I was invited to go Fishing with Alan aboard his fishing boat and he allowed me to bring my friend Bootstrap Bill.  We caught several fish, but none of them were keepers.

We got started early and the seas were calm as we left the harbor.  It was also overcast which is good for fishing.

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Alan caught a whole bunch of fish

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Bill caught a big sting ray

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Bill caught a big white sea bass and another fish

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I was hooked into a big bat ray, faught with it for a while, and chased it around the boat but it ended up breaking the line.  I caught one little fish.

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About 12:30 the wind picked up and it started getting a little choppy.  We did a lap around the bouy on the way in to see the sea lions.

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We got together with Alan’s family and future in-laws for a BBQ dinner

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It was a great day!

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My brother was in the east bay June 21-24 taking a class for work.  He had some free time in the evenings so we planned to meet half way on Thursday evening.  Initially we were shooting for Paso Robles, but I left sooner then him so I went further north.  We checked in with each other on the road to figure out where we were.  As it turns out the half way point was in the town of Solodad, CA.  God bless us because there is a national park just outside of Solodad, called Pinnacles National Park, so we decided to go for a hike.

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We hiked up a trail that went between the mountain peaks

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There is a cave with a gate that leads to a very narrow trail (like a slot canyon)

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It’s dark in there and they recommend a flashlight.

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We got out of there and started heading back.

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Back in the parking lot after our hike

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We had a good dinner

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Jim had to fly home the following morning from San Francisco and I headed home.  It was a good day!

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