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By Melissa Fuller

Traveling “far away” in my own neighborhood is one of my favorite things to do. This week I went sailing — practically in my own backyard — without even having to book a San Francisco hotel.


I went out with OCSC, a San Francisco-based sailing club and charter company that offers classes, training and certification for nonprofessionals like me. If you are one of those people with sea water in your veins, this is a great way to sweat it out without breaking your bank on a boat slip.

We set sail a short twenty minutes from the time I arrived at the dock, and Dave, my skipper for the afternoon, was showing me a view of San Francisco that most people never get to see.


I looked off, taking in the quiet seascape of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge in the distance, the salty wind blowing my hair in my face. I noticed a boat 30 yards off practicing its “man overboard” drill that involved making figure eights around a bobbing jug of orange juice. I thought to myself: not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon.


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Melissa Fuller earned her bachelor of science from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied word and image theory with an emphasis in photography. Her work has been featured in National Geographic’s “There and Back” readers series and for TOMS shoes for tomorrow blog. Melissa has traveled around the United States and abroad as production staff for several networks, including, A&E, VH1, MTV and ABC. See more of her work on her blog.

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