1. The GPS system in the French car thinks you have driven off the edge of the planet.
2. Nobody owns a map. No stores sell maps. But if you ask for directions, ten people drop what they're doing and argue over the route you ought to take.
3. You drive as fast as you can, and stay timidly in the righthand lane, but still get passed at frightening speed by every imagineable vehicle. Believing it's another testosterone-adled, espresso-fueled Strada warrior, you turn to discover it's a white-haired septegenarian in a 1978 Fiat Panda.
The natural history trip with the Oceanic Society ventured 30 miles offshore from San Francisco. In the course of 3 1/2 hours, Sherman reported the following sightings:
Six orcas, two humpback whales, one gray whale, 500 Northern right whale dolphins, 100 Risso's dolphins, 50 Pacific White-sided dolphins, 50 harbor porpoises, along with California sea lions and Northern fur seal and many birds sightings: 15 albatross, a rare Xantus' murrelet, along with murres, guillemots, fulmars, shearwaters, puffins, oystercatchers, grebes, gulls, terns, auklets, cormorants and pelicans.