September 30, 2010, Long Beach, CA
For those of you wondering....this is NOT the Long Beach Aquarium! Why would the big building painted with a mural of whales and the ocean be the aquarium? Why wouldn't it be?
Guess we should have done a bit more research before heading off on foot looking for the aquarium! We eventually found it and had a nice time. But for those of you heading to Long Beach with the hopes of going to the aquarium...don't go to this building. You will be about 5 blocks away, in the wrong direction.
September 30, 2010, Long Beach, CA
No wonder our boat always walks to port when we are backing up!!!! I suspected a problem a few weeks ago and donned the scuba gear to investigate. Much to my chagrin, our beautiful Max Prop had been replaced with this monster 18 foot prop stolen from the Queen Mary! But when we go forward...boy do we move! We made it to Catalina in about 7 minutes!
Ok, not really. But what a good blog it would make. We actually took this picture from the propeller viewing room on the Queen Mary in Long Beach. It's the only prop still attached to the boat and they have this special room attached to the outside of the ship where you can look down into the water and see the actual propeller. It's lit up all spooky like. Pretty neat!
Unfortunately, we ran out of time during our tour of the Queen Mary and had to cut things short. We needed to get back to the boat to meet some friends. The cab driver taking us back to the boat didn't really speak any english, surprise surprise and didn't really know where he was going. I had to tell him where to turn and even then he didn't believe me....but we'll save that for another blog.
September 28, 2010, Alamitos Bay, CA
Marina Del Rey was impressive. We had a wonderful stay at the Del Rey Yacht Club tied up next to our friends on sv Isabella. The kids voted the pool one of the best on the west coast! And the people there were some of the nicest we've met at any club. Kudos to the Del Rey Yacht Club!
On Saturday, the family strapped on their big kid panties and walked from Marina Del Rey to Venice Beach and Santa Monica. Venice Beach was a site to behold and must be experienced to be believed. We all enjoyed the sites as we dodged skate boarders, roller bladers, bikers, and weirdos. We pumped some quick iron at the outdoor beach gym and cheered for the kids doing adult level tricks at the skate park.
Santa Monica was nice too. We were able to visit with some friends who live there and experience the world famous Santa Monica Pier. As a side note, the kids think the word "pier" is one of the funniest words in the world. They keep referring to the "pier" as a man who is peeing. So, when we say we are going to the pier, they ask what his name is. They want to know why we are going to see this guy....as they are laughing so hard. Some people's kids....
Anyway, the world famous Santa Monica Pier was a bit of a letdown. We thought it would be bigger and more exciting. But it wasn't. We still had a great visit with some good friends that made the long walk worthwhile. Thanks Lynn and Mike!
After departing Del Rey, we motored again for another 35 miles down to Long Beach. Enroute, we saw a blue whale! It was BIG! It didn't put on much of a show, but it did come to the surface a few times. There were a lot of boats jockying for viewing position so we didn't get too close.
The LA / Long Beach area is huge! We finally made it to our berth at the Long Beach Yacht Club in Alamitos Bay around 1700. This is a nice area, but the temperatures this week have been near 100. Inland locations have been reporting temps of over 110 degrees! Apparently, after a really cool summer, LA is experiencing a really hot September. Who knew?
Anyway, gotta go for now. Lots more to blog about, but for now, the kids are dragging us to the pool...again.
San Diego and the Baja Ha Ha are getting closer every day. We can barely contain our excitement! The log reads over 1600 nautical miles with many more to go.
September 28, 2010, In and Out Burger, Long Beach, CA
Tami and the kids enjoyed their very first In and Out Burger today! And, yes, it was better than a Whataburger. Mmmmmm good!
September 23, 2010, Marina Del Rey, CA
Marina Del Rey! And the weather is gorgeous. After a smooth, windless day of motoring, we tied up to the Del Rey Yacht Club reciprocal dock. What a great place! And the people are so nice. Once again, we are docked next to our friends on sv Isabella, Rod and Jane. The kids have already taken a dip in the swimming pool and we have just put the steak on the grill to cook along with some giant mushrooms and peppers. Dinner is smelling awesome.
I found out that a really good friend of mine from high school worked nearby so I was able to re-connect with him before he had to catch a flight from LAX. This is truly an amazing place. It is hard to fathom how many boats are here. Tomorrow, we hope to check things out in more detail and perhaps take a walk to Venice Beach and Santa Monica Pier. More to follow...
September 22, 2010, Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA
Here we are tied up to the reciprocal guest dock at the Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club in Channel Islands Harbor, Oxnard, CA. What a beautiful place this is! And FREE!!! We joined up with our good friends Rod and Jane aboard sv Isabella back in Santa Barbara and share the dock once again with them here. The club is wonderful, a pool, hot tub, restaurant and bar, great facilities, and awesome showers. The people here are some of the nicest we've met. We were even fortunate enough to be invited to the home of one of the members here for dinner on Monday night. Earlier that day, they even drove Tami and Jane to the commissary over on Port Hueneme to get some grocery shopping done. They were so generous and we all had just a great time.
Yesterday was spent doing boat chores, cleaning, and reorganizing. The kids helped me scrub the decks and they look great now. Today was spent relaxing by the pool in the awesome sunshine, job hunting, and snoozing. We even took a spin on Rod's paddle boards earlier in the day to introduce Abby to stand-up paddle boarding. She hated it at first, but finally got comfortable sitting there on the board while I paddled. She'll come around eventually, especially once we get to warmer water.
Tomorrow, we head further south to Marina Del Rey, the largest marina in the world! Will post more from there.