If you found this blog via a link from a cruising site ~ we did cruise Mexico on our Ocean 49 cat for a season. See the first text box on the right for links to our preparations, trip down Baja, life in Mexico, cruising and trip back up to SoCal. Unfortunately we are back to the grind in the USA...
The weather report is finally calling for a break. About time. Really! So off we go.With all of the provisions from last week. A little stale bread. Brown lettuce. Smushy nectarines. Bruised apples. Moldy cheese. Not really! Hopefully we can make it to San Miguel...It's about time. Really!
Included eating. And realizing it was a table full of geezers when we noticed the number of pairs of glasses on the table...And this was just on the girl's end of the table!
Included walking around Encinitas and looking at old signs.
I'd walk around any town to look at old signs...
And making Bergie drive us to the boat houses.Ahhhhh ~ perfect for the liveaboard who gets seasick!
Walking to the stairs overlooking the beach.
What would be the perfect boogie boarding beach if the water was 20 degrees warmer!Wetsuited surfers seemed to enjoy it just fine.Me? I still need 80 degrees...
BBQ'ing. Watching Julianne do what she thought was hot yoga.Walking the neighborhood and finding beautiful homes, doors, windows and flowers.
Finding heaven on earth for Jim. A bazillion bottled beer brands.And purchasing one of the brands of bazillion bottled beers.Going to Stone Brewing Company for beer and lunch.And me being given free reign with the refrigerator magnets.
Well, with 35+ knots predicted where we wanted to go, we went to Plan B instead. Skip the islands for now. Wait for better weather. Drive to San Diego and spend a few days with my cousins who are here from Illinois. We had Jim's adventure (going to Stone Brewing Company). And we both had three days of awesome vacation.
At least that is what we are hoping for... These are our fortunes from last night:And fortunes are never wrong. Correct? Weather is predicting some wind (more wind than we want) in the outer islands (where we want to go) and South Swell. Swell... A mix of prevailing wind, which will mean prevailing seas with swells from an opposing direction. Ah well. Maybe we will go up the coast...
Yay! A three day weekend! So off to the islands we went. On a Friday afternoon. Dummies. I didn't mind the fog, but I did mind the 25 knots we got just past the rigs. Broken eggs all down the stairs Huge, loud BANG! Uh oh...... What this time? We blew out our first reef line, which took out a few of the lazyjack lines that were attached to our sailbag. Crap. And the main did not want to come down. Crap! So Jim had to go up on the cabintop and pull it down, with me driving into the wind and the jib hitting him in the back. CRAP! We were doing about 10 knots too, so it was a bummer to lose some of our speed. But it was GREAT when we got into the lee of the island. Warm! SUNNY! Calm! Ahhh... the smell of the island. Two hours from entrance to the point!
Hora feliz with Mike & Wendy from "Bodi". Spent one night anchored in the calm of Yellowbanks, then headed up the backside towards Willows with "Shining Star" following and "Sweet Lorraine" leaving Albert's to follow.
Dinghy cruise. Friends. Dave & Kellie. Secluded beaches. Jim & Jean. Hikes. Dave & Cherryl. Drinks. Two Jims. Food. Two Daves. Bocci ball on the beach! Rolly nights. "Shining Star" moved into the inner anchorage. "Sweet Lorraine" came over for happy hours. Dinner on "Shining Star". Dinner on "Meerkat. Sunshine! A driveby of "Carlina". Dolphins on the way home. Calm, just amazingly calm on Monday. Next? A nine day trip ~ hopefully making it to San Miguel and Santa Rosa!
We cruised Mexico's West Coast for 3 years on our prior boat, "Thistle" a Columbia 50. Went back to California in 2000 and bought the "new boat" in 2004. We then spent a year and a half cruising in Mexico. We just did the "Baja Bash" ~ sailed up the outside of Baja and returned to SoCal! We are We are now back to work for awhile...
A thought we say to ourselves everyday:
"You'll only regret the things you didn't do".
"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." ~ Mark Twain
"Life is either a daring adventure or Nothing." ~ Helen Keller
"A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for." ~ John A. Shedd
"Make it happen." ~ Alan Burg of the sailing vessel Toshal
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the places and moments that take our breath away." ~ Anonymous
“Happiness is not having what you want, but wanting what you have.” ~ Rabbi Hyman Schachtel
"Make 'someday' today." ~ From inside a Dove candy wrapper