It was a five day trip from Hawaii to California by ship. The days became cooler and cooler as we got further from Hawaii and closer to California. The last two days of traveling were very cold. We had celebrated Christmas while at sea. Our celebration consisted primarily of a nice dinner and holiday decorations.
I became more and more excited as we came closer to the mainland. On the morning of day five, a tugboat met our ship outside of the San Francisco Bay. I stood on deck and watched as we passed under the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island. Alcatraz was still home to many Federal Prisoners in the 1950's and I would search the Island with my eyes, looking for the prisoners. We were far enough away so that I was unable to see anything. The Golden Gate Bridge was majestic and was the signal that I was really home again. I was so excited I began singing "California, Here I Come" under my breathe.
The ship docked and we disembarked. We went through customs and waited for our belongings to be unloaded off of the ship. Our car had been transported with us, and after several hours it was unloaded and we were home in California. It was good to be home.