The text from Stefan came in at 5:10 a.m.: GGB wind 15 knots. Row or no? My answer: No way.
So goes the San Francisco summer. Great for sailors, stinks for rowers.
So in lieu of time on the water, I recently played hooky and went to check out the "Impressionists on the Water" show at the Legion of Honor.
The exhibit runs through October 13, 2013. If you have time, check it out. The paintings and prints run from pre-impressionism to post-impressionism, including works that Monet painted while aboard his floating studio, which carried him up and down the Seine.
Best of all there are boats, quite a few, from a wooden rowing gig reputed to have been owned by Emile Zola to slim, flat-bottom wooden boats called "perrissoires," which, according to the audio tour for which I gamely forked over $7, translates into "dying machines."
I had to smile. These dying machines, or "perilous vessels" as the narrator referred to them, look considerably more stable than the Maas 2x that Stefan and I row under the Golden Gate. I wonder what the Impressionists would make of our outings.
Hopefully the weather will cooperate and I'll get out on the water again soon. In the meantime, enjoy the shot above taken not so very long ago while I was cruising in my own floating studio near the Golden Gate.