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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...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Santa Cruz Island with Renee & Randi

Our niece, Renee and her friend, Randi came from North Carolina for a visit. Renee hadn't been out to the islands since she was 10 so we had to do an island trip! We left the dock around 6 am and had dolphins escorting us out the harbor entrance! I was amazed the girls got up so early... but not for long. This is Renee...

Randi is out here researching landslides while working on her masters, so we headed to Prisoners to show her a few island landslides. For once we anchored in front of our spot... but Island Packers still found us!

And Captain Jason gave us ice cream sandwiches! Jim had to "hold" mine so I could take a picture...

Thanks Jason!

Took the dinghy to the pier and did the traditional hike to the "guard shack".

The brush and bushes look a lot better now that the pigs are all gone.

The girls were getting good at the "trespassing" thing after a few days of their landslide research... they couldn't resist another "no trespassing" sign!
Back to the boat so Renee could read and Randi could take a nap.
Jim & I went fishing.
Caught this squishy thing. He also caught a barracuda, but we let him go. No halibut today...

Then for a dinghy ride up to Pelican Bay. Said hi to some friends who were anchored, then hauled the dinghy up the rock beach East of Pelican - yikes. Good thing we have dinghy wheels. Also rescued another dinghy that was about to float away. Walked through this small cave (are we trespassing again?).

Renee under the rock.

Jim noticed some rocks that just didn't look right, so moved some and there was a geocache! We had just been explaining "geocaching" to Renee and Randi too! NO, that's not Renee's beer or Randi's wine (even though they are old enough). They just had to hold them for us, so Jim could play with the yoyo and I could take the picture!

We walked up the streambed to the spring. Randi hiked up a little ways and I brushed my leg against stinging nettle. Ouch. Then my leg started getting small blisters, so Renee took wet tobacco and put it on the blisters (took one of Jim's cigarettes and some of my wine...) IT WORKED! It took the stinging away, but we didn't get all the blisters, so I did feel some of them until about 10 pm that night.

We hiked around on the point by Pelican.

Renee and Heather

Past the flowering point Reminds me of San Miguel Island!

Back to the boat for turkey burgers, corn and baked beans. An early night for all!

Sunday was calm but on the gray side. Jim went fishing and lost a good sized halibut...

Then headed home. Saw a few dolphins but not much else. Renee and I sat on the bow and talked for a couple of hours. It was great to catch up with her!

Renee & Randi in the cockpit.

Had to throw a few pictures of the last time Renee went out with us! Only 11 years ago...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hahaha I just have to say that those pics of Ren and Zak from back in the day are GREAT.