November 4, 1997
Isla Vista, California, USA
Ive been able to retain my title. As of yet, I havent had to pay once for a place
to stay for the night. I guess the campground gate-keeper just didnt want to deal
with me, and figured it was easier to pretend I wasnt there. I slept beside my boat on
the beach, then got up and left first thing this morning. It was another day of perfect
conditions: no wind and no chop.
In the middle of the morning, while I was crossing a small bay, an old fisherman in a
small Zodiac pulled up next to me and we had a conversation that carried on for about
fifteen minutes. The mans name was Richard, which was quite a coincidence since the
other two fishermen I met on this trip were also Richards. They were totally cool, as was
this Salt Dog. Just as we were about to part, I asked him if hed mind towing me to
Refugio Beach. It was only a mile or two away, and I knew he would, since he was going
there anyway. It was fun, but it really didnt save me that much time. His boat only
went a little bit faster than I could paddle.
The rest of the afternoon was a breeze, and around 4pm, I pulled into Isla Vista, the area
where the UC Santa Barbara campus is located. It was a poor place to land, being a very
public beach, and I felt I was at risk of having something stolen. As I was pulling my
boat up, a surfer walked by and I asked him where the university dorms are located. He
gave me directions, then asked what I was up to. I explained that I was
looking for a place to get my email and maybe a shower. "I dont think it would
be a good idea to leave your stuff alone on the beach." he remarked, "If you
want... you can stay at my place. Its just a couple hundred yards down the
beach." I was astonished! Things couldnt have turned out better!
Sam is a university student living in an apartment with four girls. After a shower, and a
bite to eat, I called Bob, a guy I had met on the Internet. Bob said that I was only a few
miles from his house, and that he could pick me up at Sams place in the morning. I
spent most of the evening hanging out with Sam and his girlfriend.