We celebrated Val’s birthday in late July on the water. I chartered a 36-foot sailboat with a skipper out of Newport Beach. We motored slowly out of the bay, enjoying the spectacle of fabulous waterfront homes and vessels of all manner – from titanic yachts to sailboats to dinghys and even paddle boards. Beyond the bay we quieted the engine and set sail. An overcast sky gave way to brilliant afternoon sun. Before long we found a school of dolphins that frolicked in our wake for a while. It was a magical time, as sails often are. After returned to dock we dined at Sol, a favorite Mexican fusion restaurant. Good times.