When we arrived at West Marine we saw a pretty poor excuse for a flea market in the lot. It consisted of about 10 guys selling their junk. One guy saw me and yelled out "You're here! You're here!" I thought, what the *+%@ until I realized I was wearing the team sweatshirt with our name on the front.
The numbers of times I have been in Alameda have been pretty infrequent. With the exception of Coast Guard training Patti and I got before we went to Spain, you could count on one hand the times I have been there. What I know about it though, is it is an island connected to the mainland by a tunnel and two bridges (I think). Looking up the history I see it was part of a land grant to the Peralta family. Don Peralta (a big name in east bay politics probably is from this old California family) . I also see... The Island of Alameda was created in 1902 when a tidal canal ( the "Estuary") was created joining Oakland's harbor with the San Leandro Bay. With this move, Alameda was put on the map as an important shipping port. There used to be a big Naval Air Station on Alameda but that was shut down in 1997. Now the remaining military presence is the Eleventh Coast Guard District Pacific Coast Headquarters. Glenn and I were lucky enough, several years ago, to be invited to a change in the command on a Coast Guard ship. Lots of pomp and circumstance...
SPEAKING OF FEET....
You know the team is donating countless hours and miles of training to participate in the Breast Cancer 3 day. But did you know that collectively between us we have now invested in at least 10 pairs of shoes! (Let's not even get into the walking pants, shirts, socks etc...) The shoes as you can imagine are pretty important. Just for me, I have tried one pair that failed miserably and when I found a pair that worked, bought 3! Patti has three shoes that failed. They fail when they pinch there, slip there, cause blisters in other places. So Patti is now going to break in pair 4! I am assuming Barbara has at least 1 pair, Allison the same and Jill at least one. I have a continuing level of respect for the committment of both time and money, it takes to do a walk like this.
As if 60 miles in 3 days wasn't enough, in order to get there, you have to train, and prepare. I will not begin to pretend I mind, because I truly feel as if I have been given a gift everytime I hit the trail or road (ESPECIALLY when it is with my team!)
But I am asking for your support. DONATE what you can to this great cause. You will be doing more than just donating to a very worth cause... you will be giving encouragement to the whole "Are We There Yet?" team. And we could use that encouragement when pair 4 of shoes fail on us!
We all thank you very much...and we want to hear from you if you want to come to our Wine event in August!