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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...

Sunday, September 27, 2009

3/5th's of The Clan in Ventura!

Yep, three of the five boats that did "the bash motorsail North with a southerly component" are here in Ventura!
We had heard "Bristol Blue" was hauled out in the other boatyard.
And thanks to spacebook myface facebook we heard "Vela" was on their way up from Ensenada!
So more celebrating that we made it.
Or any excuse to get together.

I arranged for Chris and Aaron to park right next to us.
Thanks Andy!
And the stories fun began.

You can always tell a cruising boat by the crap jungle jim on the back.
Hey Chris ~ where did your two bikes go?
His crap is even minus some crap...

So off to meet up with Ned and Kristen.
Via dinghy.
Always via dinghy if the driver wants to not be a designated driver at all possible.

Where we stumbled across our first reminder of why we like Mexico so much.
The land of NO.
No. NO. NO!The whole reason Chris bailed from San Diego and went back to Ensenada...

On a sidenote, apparently Ventura has less NO signs than San Diego, because by the next morning he had decided he liked Ventura and arranged for a permanent slip.

I did tell him his new motto should be "Indecision may or may not be my problem", (borrowed from Jimmy Buffett)...

Ok back to Friday night!
"Bristol Blue" looked so much different all level and not rocking and rolling and planting her bow into waves.And Ned and Kristen looked so much more relaxed!Well, hell we all did.

Off to Milano's!

A toast to our completion of the bash friendship!

And a nice dinner out with stories, remember whens, what day was it when, who passed who where, what anchorage was it, the weather was crappy here, blah, blah, blah...Typical cruisers.
Typical boaters.


Anonymous said...

I see Brsitol got the voyeur location at the yard :-)

judith said...

Do you realize how lucky you are to have your life?

Terry Sailingknitter said...

No this, no that, no kidding!!! We're delaying our travel up the eastern seaboard of the US a year or more. Just like the freedom of Latin America.