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The continuing adventures of a cruising sailor/family lawyer, his wife (also a lawyer), and their young children.
Morning in San Carlos
Keith, late December, 207
12/27/2007

I think I am a sun worshiper. Like the ancient people or something like that. Watching it come up and go down are my favorite times of day. When traveling generally and cruising on a sailboat specifically, there are often great sun watching experiences. When working, I sometimes miss the sunrise and often miss the sunset because the work is dictating the schedule. Litigation doesn't give a damn about that aspect of nature. My camping spot was situated so that I caught the sunrise from one side over the marina and the sunset from the other side behind the tetas. The placement of the sun (you know it rises and sets more or less north or south depending on the time of year) was right on center of both from where I sat. When you got all that going on nature-wise, you know you are where you should be at my brothers and sisters.

Anne the Sailing Golden Retriever
Keith, late December, 2007
12/27/2007

I only got to sail about two hours during the entire 5 day winter trip to San Carlos. Interestingly, however, I met more friends in that short period than I have in the last 5 months. I took the dogs with me ocean sailing for the first time this trip. They did pretty well. This is Anne as we head out of the harbor cruising downwind on just a slip of foresail. It was so windy, I didn't want to overdo it on their first real sailboat ride (second for Jake, see entry way below on now sold Hobie One and of course the entry about the failed zodiac entry operation less far down) so we came in after only a short experience on the water. All in due time.

Sailing Dogs
Keith, late December, 2007
12/27/2007, San Carlos, Marina

Jake and Anne, my trusty crew. Jake is ready for adventure as always. Anne, not so much. She'd rather be with us than not, but isn't too happy about it. My baby girl did just fine, crawling into and out of the cabin through the companionway steps. Good dogs.

Sunset San Carlos Marina
Keith
12/27/2007

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San Carlos Marina
Keith
12/27/2007

While all the other RVs were in little rows in the town's RV parks, I drove right to the water and stayed there for three nights without complaint by anyone that I know of. The police drove by several times and never even raised an eyebrow. Eventually Kevin from Canada and his dog Boomer arrived and joined me in Kevin's "dog house" camper. The fishing is supposed to be good around 5:00 p.m. this time of year and folks came by to fish along the shore every night. By the way, I know I'm not actually sailing or cruising in some of these blog entries, but traveling to San Carlos and living with the cruisers for a few days is all I can have for the time being. Before long, I will be living the life with them. Until then, I'm a cruising groupie.

Evening View of San Carlos Harbor, Late December, 2007
Keith, late December, 2007
12/27/2007

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Singmeaway Waiting on the Hard
Keith, late December, 2007
12/27/2007, Marina Seca, San Carlos, Mexico

And there she is. Waiting to be sailed. And not too much worse for wear having sat there since August and then since May. A little rust here and there, but that's to be expected under the circumstances. There's something so enjoyable about meandering through a dry storage area for sailboats. All the different designs. All the adventures had and waiting to be had.

RV Park in Hermosillo, Mexico
Keith
12/27/2007

I was so tired from all the hustle bustle of getting down to Mexico, I had to stop for the night before my final destination. Mexican RV parks can be rather bare bones affairs. Just a large or small lot with hook-ups. I was just happy for a place to rest. This is the view as the the sun was about to rise the next morning. Things looked a lot better after a good night's sleep.

Off On Another Sailing Adventure in Mexico
Keith - late December, 2007
12/27/2007, Hermosillo Toll Area

I took the last week of the year off and headed down to San Carlos, Mexico with Jake and Anne to get them more acclimated to sailing (I do it for them, of course). We flew the Bounder. Evidently, there are quite a few other people who travel to Mexico for the holidays because the line of cars before this toll lasted for well over an hour.

Hobie One is Sold
Keith
12/16/2007, Tucson, Arizona

This is the gentleman who purchased the Hobie One yesterday as he is about to drive away. In preparation for long-term cruising, I've started to sell many of the toys I accumulated when I was experiencing the trial lawyer life, including the Hobie One. While I was going through the boat with the purchaser, another guy was taking my Honda VTX 1300 for a test ride. He put a deposit on it and it will be gone by early this week. It doesn't make sense to possess all of these material objects if they just have to be stored while I am gone. The Hobie One has a sentimental place in my heart because it was the first sailboat I ever purchased and owned. Going to have to put Sailing Arizona on hold for now while I go ocean cruising. That little boat sure could fly when the wind kicked up. Hold on tight then, Robert.

 

 
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