We watched some Coast Guard activity at the mouth of Big River in Mendocino. Dad wanted a closer view of the activity, so he tried to get swept off the headlands so the helicopter and motor life boat would come back. We later discovered that we could get a full tour of a 47 foot Motor Life Boat by simply knocking on the door of the Coast Guard Surf Station. Perhaps much less exciting than dad's way, but much easier and this way we all got to see. (Mom stayed in the car).