Erden Eruc's Circumnavigation
Erden's Travel Journal for K-4
Erden's Travel Journal for K-4

June 7, 2007

I planned to set off at 7 o’clock Monday night.  My friends and Nancy were there.  I knew I would miss them and part of me wanted to stay.

I waved goodbye and started rowing the boat toward the Golden Gate Bridge.  In a short time, I made it under the bridge.  There is a Coast Guard station there.

My friends met me.  They left to eat dinner and brought me something back to eat.  It was probably the last real food I will have, because my meals at sea will be freeze-dried.  This keeps them from spoiling.

It was a busy day. I curled up with my wife and rested.

Tuesday night I had to come back to land.  Here’s how the day went.

When I woke up in the morning, my flag was blowing in the strong winds.  I thought the winds would have calmed down overnight, but they didn’t.

I set off but the wind was blowing me back. So I called my friend, Peter, on the phone and asked him what to do.  I decided to call the Coast Guard on my radio.

The Coast Guard ship arrived one hour later.  It towed my boat back to safety.

My friends were surprised by the bad weather.  “It was howling out there,” they said.  “We did not see that coming!” 

I docked my boat.  The Coast Guard checked it for safety and said, “Better luck next time, captain.”

I might have to set off from another place, but I will have to ask local weather experts to make sure.

*Entry adapted for K-4 by Andrea Rogers


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