The Auzzie Visit Finale

We all had dinner at The Point Restaurant Saturday evening. The place was very busy that night. Right after dinner we went outside to watch the fireworks (it was Bass Derby Weekend) and we told Phil that we had the fireworks show done because of his visit. He knew that wasn’t true, but it was fun.
From left around the table: Jonathan, Nancy, Pam, Vince, Duffy, Georgia, Phil and me. Hubby was taking the photograph.

By the time the fireworks were done everyone was pretty tired and Phil decided he was ready for a good nights sleep. I think all of us retired around 10pm. Good call because we had more things to do the next morning.

Sunday finds us up and about getting ready for a big brunch at party central. Everyone brings something for everyone else to share. There were 20+ folks present. It’s Phil’s last day with us and little did he know what we had planned.
We enjoyed a great brunch and lots of talk and laughter. The video below was the surprise for Phil.

I want to thank past commodores Duffy and Vince for presenting the parrot (that Phil really loved). It’s a talking parrot and it has a clean side and a one that isn’t so clean. It’s most entertaining and he figures his Rotary buddies will get a big kick out of that bird. After this presentation there were things to clean up, more visiting and then it’s time to head out. It’s about 2 hours to get back to Willow Berm and then to the city to have dinner and drop Phil off at his hotel. He leaves early the next morning to begin his return home to Perth, Australia.

When we travel sometimes we have to open the bridges to get through. We did this day because the tide was too high to scoot under the bridge. The boat in front of us is Holy Moly. It’s Duffy and Georgia’s boat.
It’s quite the feeling to stop traffic so the bridge can go up and we can pass through. It’s not such a good feeling when we are the car on the road waiting for the boats to pass through so we can get where we are going.

Once we got back into the San Joaquin river we let Phil have the boat and he spent the next hour getting us back to Willow Berm. He did a great job driving the boat. I think he liked it very much too.
Once we docked back at Willow Berm we collected our things and headed out once again toward San Francisco. We had an uneventful ride to San Bruno and had dinner at a place called Jack’s that had really, really good food. We enjoyed each others company for a bit longer and soon it was time to drop Phil off at his hotel and head home. We snagged a few beers for him to enjoy along with some bottled water. There were hugs all around and soon we were headed back to our boat. What a whirlwind weekend. It was a pleasure to meet you Phil.

One of the things that stuck out to us (and there were many) was when we toasted (cocktail hour) he said, ‘All the best’. All the best to you too Phil, and you’re always welcome.

Image Credit: Rain Harvest

  53 comments for “The Auzzie Visit Finale

  1. Ann
    October 17, 2015 at 2:55 am

    A busy weekend for all of you but it sure looks like you had fun.

    • October 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      We had a lot of fun. πŸ™‚

  2. October 17, 2015 at 4:28 am

    It looks like Phil (and everyone else) had a great time. you guys sure know how to entertain!

    • October 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      Boaters are awesome folks Stephanie. We can find a party anywhere and anytime. πŸ™‚

  3. October 17, 2015 at 5:12 am

    Wow, that was quite a week end. Sure sounds like great fun for sure. Something to remember always. Great video too. Sandee, you and Zane and Little Bit have a wonderful week end.

    • October 17, 2015 at 11:59 am

      It was a whirlwind weekend and then some Marg. πŸ™‚

  4. October 17, 2015 at 5:50 am

    what an incredibly lovely visit!!!!! Plowing through 1400+ emails (obviously I didn't read email while I was out of town, HUGE mistake!) so somewhere in there is Part One which I WILL get too! What a glorious visit you had! xoxo


    • October 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      It's a couple of posts back. Try to catch up. It's hard to do. πŸ™‚

  5. October 17, 2015 at 5:55 am

    That's so true about bridges! They're great when they're on demand and you're in a boat, not so much if you're in a car waiting to get across.

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      Most boaters know about bridges. Yes we do. πŸ™‚

  6. October 17, 2015 at 6:18 am

    What a lovely weekend and with fireworks to boot. I think I love your lifestyle πŸ™‚

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:00 pm

      It's a fun lifestyle and we love it a lot. πŸ™‚

  7. October 17, 2015 at 6:59 am

    What a wonderful weekend. It's so nice to see you Sandee and speaking. It's as if I've met you myself. A week ago I met an Australian who was staying at my friend Al's home. We had breakfast together just before he had to go home. He was a wonderful person and he loved my Bumble Bee and wished he had one. Have a great flight home to Perth Phil and Sandee & Zane, enjoy whats left with the weekend. I loved the video Sandee. You should do more videos in your blog. See ya my friend.

    Cruisin Paul

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      Perhaps one day we will meet Paul. You never know. πŸ™‚

  8. October 17, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Nice post Sandee I enjoyed that and the video looked like you made sure it was a fun time.

    Have a hosttastic day w-)

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      We did our best to make Phil feel welcome as everyone else did. πŸ™‚

  9. October 17, 2015 at 7:15 am

    You let the Aussie take the helm? You're still alive? They drive on the other side and you could have a head-on.

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      There's a lot bigger body of water so he did fine. πŸ™‚

  10. October 17, 2015 at 7:16 am

    It all looked like so much fun. Really, the parrot, the flag, his accent (love it). I have some Aussie blog friends and I always found their humor to be exceptionally witty. You and hubby can rest assured you were fine hosts.

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm

      He's a fun guy and we're ever so happy we could entertain him for a few days. πŸ™‚

  11. October 17, 2015 at 10:07 am

    It all looked and sounded like a fun week for everyone especially for you visitor Phil. You are a wonderful host!

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      We tried to make him feel welcome and included him in everything we did. πŸ™‚

  12. October 17, 2015 at 10:32 am

    What a great adventure. I really enjoyed the video and getting to see and hear everyone…except Zane. Shy guy. Good friends and good times…all the best!

    Big hugs, honey…

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:03 pm

      Zane told Phil to stand up so he did speak. πŸ™‚

  13. October 17, 2015 at 10:35 am

    what a fun post- and what fun you all obviously had! Cheers and BIGGER hugs!

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      We did have a great weekend. We try to make our visitors feel welcome and appreciated. πŸ™‚

  14. October 17, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Great video, Sandee, and it looks as if you all enjoyed yourself, which is always nice! Thank you so much for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:04 pm

      You're most welcome Linda. It was a great weekend. πŸ™‚

  15. October 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    Looks like a great time was had by all. πŸ™‚ d-) :-h

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

      Everyone had a great time Mike. Wish you could have been with us. πŸ™‚

  16. October 17, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    What great fun! Party Central looks like a wonderful place. I'm glad you and your friends has such a wonderful weekend. Thanks for sharing….

    • October 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      It's a fun place indeed. I wish we had one on the dock where our boat is. πŸ™‚

  17. October 17, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    He looked like he really did have a great visit! Happy Saturday!

    • October 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      He really did have a great time as the rest of us did. πŸ™‚

  18. October 17, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    lol I could understand him talking too!! Sometimes I can't understand an accent. Looks like a nice group of people. I think it's wonderful that you had a great time. Hurrah for good people and friends! πŸ™‚

    • October 17, 2015 at 3:59 pm

      Sometimes when he was talking too fast I couldn't understand a word. He tried to slow it down. πŸ™‚

  19. October 17, 2015 at 4:35 pm

    It was a fun filled occasion and even I enjoyed it while reading the post with the video and pics.

    • October 18, 2015 at 7:48 am

      We did have a fun time. πŸ™‚

  20. October 18, 2015 at 2:44 am

    Well, thank goodness you had some good interpreters! πŸ˜›

    Meeting online friends is so much awesome. So glad you all enjoyed this visit big hugs xoxo

    • October 18, 2015 at 7:48 am

      It was so much awesome too. Big hugs back. πŸ™‚

  21. October 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    First mate Phil! Awesome! Sounds like y'all had a great time!

    • October 18, 2015 at 10:59 am

      We did Jean(ie). We had a wonderful time. πŸ™‚

  22. October 19, 2015 at 7:39 am

    Looks like a great time with Phil! I enjoyed your two posts about his visit and also the video!

    • October 19, 2015 at 12:37 pm

      We did have a very nice time with Phil. He's very easy to like by the way. He just rolls with whatever is going on. πŸ™‚

  23. October 19, 2015 at 3:06 pm

    I'm sure Phil had a great time with all of you, and he even got to drive your boat! You can't top that.

    • October 19, 2015 at 3:56 pm

      I spoke with him today and he did have a great time. Yes he did get to drive the boat and he did it very well too. πŸ™‚

  24. October 20, 2015 at 1:01 am

    Sounds like a fantastic time and a fun surprise. I lived within 30 minutes of San Bruno, but I don't remember Jacks. I am glad you had such a good time, and so did they.

    • October 20, 2015 at 11:40 am

      Phil did have a great time and I'm very happy about that. I wish he could have stayed longer and we could have done more stuff. πŸ™‚

  25. October 20, 2015 at 9:35 am

    From the video, it is clear your group of friends likes to laugh and have a good time. And I got to hear your voice! πŸ™‚

    Glad you all had such a fun visit.

    • October 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

      Boaters are a great group of folks and they love to welcome strangers and show them a good time. I knew who to ask. πŸ™‚

  26. October 20, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    Ohhh looks like so much fun! πŸ™‚

    • October 20, 2015 at 1:49 pm

      It was a lot of fun Sarah. A lot of fun. πŸ™‚

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