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Allan and Rina's Sailing Adventure
The travels of S/V Follow You Follow Me Continue....
One of those moments...
Allan
10/08/2008, Santa Barbara Channel

...when it all makes sense. We left Santa Barbara at 630am and caught this sunrise in the Santa Barbara Channel. Calm seas, a nice warm wind from the starboard beam, and the boat moving smartly thought the water. When you try to imagine what it will be like out here, this is what comes to mind for Rina and I. We both just stood at the rail of the dodger, gazing at this sight for 30 minutes....

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10/08/2008 | Mike Wolf & Family
I am very happy that you have reached such a goal. I prefer much bigger ships, but on the ocean is the main thing. We are sorry that we missed going out on your ship before you left. In a few years we will need to try an get out there. Dustin would really like it. But for now it is ice hockey. Keep the pictures coming. I really envy you and am pretty jealous. Take care. the Wolf's
Note to Lindsey
Allan
10/07/2008, Santa Barbara


Hi Lindsey,

Thanks very much for your comment on our blog and more importantly THE adventure.... Our plans are to finish out the month in Newport, Catalina and San Diego, then head down to Cabo with the www.baja-haha.com cruisers rally, then spend the winter on the pacific coast of Mexico, down to Puerto Vallarta. In the spring we will head back up to the Sea of Cortez. From there, we really haven't decided where to go next. We figure we will learn a lot from fellow cruisers (as we have already) about the best time to be where to dodge hot weather, hurricanes, persistent rain, etc.

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Kick'en Back in Santa Barbara
Allan
10/07/2008, Santa Barbara

The last couple of days we have settled into a pattern, late morning rise, coffee/tea, followed by an excursion into town on our bikes. We did a wonderful Sunday brunch at a sidewalk cafe on State Street with decadent "endless mimosas" and crab benedict .... yum. The pic above represents our usual "catch", bringing food or other stuff back on our bikes.... We've traversed 6-7 miles away from the Marina on our boat to find little parts here and there. We found a great deal on some fishing gear so we can catch a little sushi on the way down the coast of Baja. Difficult to see, but Rina has a fishing net strapped to her bike and I have a 6 foot fishing pole, plus our racks loaded up with gear.

We've met some nice people here in the Marina. We attended a benefit for the Sea Shells youth sailing program, consisting of wine tasting and tours of various boats at the marina. Afterward we hosted a couple who are preparing to cruise on a similar boat as ours, so we had lots to talk about. In our neighborhood we have met the local rigger after catching a lady walk her dog and then let him poop right on his dock lines, suggesting that she clean it up. Unfortunately she did'nt clean it very well, as a couple of hours later he went to pick up the dock lines and as we came back to the boat, he had a funny look on his face.... I explained that we had suggested that the dog walker wash off the lines, and he asked if it was black lab.... sure enough... apparently she does this kind of thing ALL the time.... He's threatening to glue her dock lines to the dock.....

While we've had fun here, it's off tomorrow morning to Marina Del Ray, right off Venice beach for a day or two.

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Friends on the Dock at Santa Barbara
Rina / Sun after the morning rain
10/04/2008, Santa Barbara

Here's some friends that I made on our dock...very nice, they really don't have much in conversational skills...but I liked them. I've heard many stories of these seals taking over boat decks....thanks to our high free-board, they can't reach us.

ok, off to do more chores...boatwork is never done...funny, huh?!?!

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One of our Favorite Ports
Allan
10/04/2008, Santa Barbara


Rina and I always have fun in Santa Barbara. There is a West Marine right at the docks and good restaurants, bike riding and lots of friendly sailboat types hanging around. We'll be here for a couple of nights before heading to Santa Monica on Monday and then Catalina on tuesday. We had a gorgeous sunset last night, followed by rain early this morning. That's ok, gives us time to do a bunch of those little projects still on the do-list.

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10/06/2008 | Linda
It was great meeting you both in Santa Barbara. I'm glad we happened to be having a wine tasting event at the harbor.
Thank you for having us aboard to see all the wonderful preparations you have taken for your big cruise. You've given me some great ideas for improving conditons on Viking Lass.
I hope you found the produce store. Have you been able to stay in Santa Barbara for a few more days?
Best of luck to you on your amazing adventure. Have fun and enjoy the blue water and warm sun. I'll enjoy following your progress.
Linda Bishop
Stupid Boat Trick #2
Allan
10/03/2008, Somewhere around Point Conception

Rina and I both make a big deal about battening things down before we sail. We have checklists for doing so that we are pretty good about.... usually... stupid me... I'm so proud of myself for fixing a horrid squeak that developed in one of the bulkheads that I forget to put my ^$&^$$ screw organizer back in it's home.... resulting in a mess on the floor of the garage..... that's ok, a rainy Saturday morning gives me time to put it all back together... Note to self: Don't ignore the mess in the garage!

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We round Point Conception
Allan
10/03/2008, Point Conception

Point Conception, from the sailors point of view, delineates Northern California from Southern California. Today was no different from our prior trips around the point.... overcast, strong winds, larger seas until you hit the point, and as you go around, sun, small seas and lesser winds... It's all sun from here we think.... (wrong again as it turns out)

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Dolphin Frenzy
Rina - Warm, sunny!!
10/02/2008, On Way to San Luis Obispo

Amazing, I just can't get over this aspect of sailing...all the natural sea life....here's one of my favorites....DOLPHINS!! The pod came upon us on the nose and played for awhile. There was about 12-15 of them, bouting for the front of the bow...amazing! Just love it, they talk while they play...pretty cool.

I'm warm now..as Allan Said....I can't wait for MEXICO!!

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10/02/2008 | Lindsey
Hey there, we found your blog and look forward to hearing about your coastal adventures. What are your eventual plans for the season and beyond? You're living our dream and we hope to follow in your wake someday soon!
Rina finds the sun and thaws out!
Allan
10/02/2008, Port San Luis


After a short 5 hour motorsail we landed in Port San Luis to wonderful sun... Did some wine tasting and chores and now hanging out in the cockpit reading.... I feel the clock starting to tick slower now....

Rina promises to write more..... send her comments to force her to!

allan

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San Simeon ROCKS!
Allan
10/01/2008, San Simeon, CA


Got to San Simeon after a very long day.... Left Santa Cruz at 3am because Rina and I couldnt go back to sleep... the upside is that it puts us into our next port during daylight and hopefully catch a sunset. Worked well in this case except for the southern swell that hammered us all night. We're lucky if we got 3 hours of sleep as sets would come in every 15 minutes or so that would rock the boat violently back and forth and shake EVERYTHING that wasnt tied down. Luckily, one of Rina's projects in Santa Cruz was sewing a net to the top of the galley shelves to hold the glasses and stuff in. Without that it ALL would have been on the floor.

We couldnt wait to get the hell out of there.... too bad, because it's usually a pretty nice place to hang out, with a secluded beach and no crowds.

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