Thanks for the quick reply's and all the advice. So the consensus is to start with some basic training.
it looks like there are two schools in the SF area, Spinnaker
and Tradewinds. The latter being more expensive. I guess the cost should be expected but sounds like it gets a "foot in the door".
I'll take a look at the Lat 38 crew list to see if I can get in that way, but I see the sense in not being a burden and in bringing some degree of experience to a crew.
As for my travels I will probably be going overland to Mexico
unless I happen upon a lucky find of someone willing enough to take me there.
In my mind I envisioned stumbling upon some world traveler at a remote
bar off some coastal town. Progressing through the stages of slurred speech and back slaps being offered to tag along on a coastal romp to see what adventures await us along the way.
My mind trails off before the pessimist in me returns.....
Ex-Calif that sounds like a good book, whats the name of it? maybe I'll write my own someday. I do see myself committing to a new life of unknown. To be honest I have had enough of the "American Dream" and feel that I can no longer live here anymore. Though a piece of my heart will always remain in San Francisco
I'm glad I found this forum, people seem quite friendly and active, its as good a place as any to start.