Hangin in Marina Del Rey
14 October 2008 | Marina Del Rey
After leaving Catalina Island, we retreated to Marina Del Rey for a mooring at the transient docks where we *knew* it would not be rocking.... While the Santa Ana winds did come up over night, it was nothing like the moorings at Catalina. Rina and I both got a good night of sleep. We've been exploring the many bike paths here and doing the odd errand, like getting our bikes tuned up. It's amazing how annoying the shift mechanism is when it doesnt work well. A local bike shop fixed us up great for 12 bucks. Bargain. Speaking of bikes, riding as much as we have been lately sure gives you a different perspective on cars.... it won't be the sea that kills us, but it sure could be a car.
We're spending our time here preparing the boat for our Baja Haha crew, finding homes for everything and making it easier for the 6 of us to co-exist on the boat for 10 days. Little stuff like non-skid on certain surfaces, cheat sheets for where important thru-hull valves are.... May-day calling procedures, description of important switches on the electrical panels..... Fun stuff, right?
Many have described the trip as an extended vacation.... While it certainly is a break from work and the hectic pace of California life, there is plenty to keep us busy. Just getting food, without the convenience of a car requires careful planning.... Maintaining a boat of our size and complexity takes constant vigilance. Plus, I'm a "maintainer" meaning I reeeelly like to keep things looking and working well, so I (no surprise) tend to obsess on this stuff. We were talking with some fellow cruisers at the Banning House Lodge overlooking two harbors and getting a chuckle out of the boat cleaning mania, and the long time boaters in the crowd assured me this phase would pass.... Both Rina and I are making sure we balance our days with time to read, explore and (the hard part) stay off the friggen internet,.... A time sink if there ever was one. That will get easier as well once we are out of California as wifi spots will be less frequent as we get off the beaten path.....