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So last night my buddy Frank came down to go to happy hour with me. I hadn't put my outboard on the dinghy yet so I rowed into Tidelands Park and met Frank, he had this funny, deer in the headlights look on his face as we strolled through the beautiful park towards my truck, finally Frank blurted out "buddy, this place is REALLY NICE". We drove over to a place called Coronado Ferry Landing, which is a bayside commercial center full of restaurants, art galleries and tourist type shops, it is also home to one of San Diego's highest class dining establishments, Peohe's. I had seen a place on one of my earlier trips called Candelas, which seemed to have a good happy hour...so that's where we settled in, all along the way Frank kept repeating "buddy THIS IS REALLY NICE"
never a dull momentSteve/warm air, cold water
11/05/2010, San Diego Bay
You would think that going 5 NM (nautical miles) from slip to mooring ball couldn't have to much excitement...HA, think again. As I motored across the bay towards North Island Naval Base (not really an island), I noticed a large aircraft carrier outbound coming up the bay...already knowing that the navy wants you to keep your distance, I cut a sharper angle and reduced my speed so as to give the carrier plenty of room. I turned around to see if anything was behind me and sure enough there was another large warship and some sort of landing craft inbound, the bay was also full of Naval Security boats buzzing around, lights flashing, sirens wailing, all I could think of was "I need to get a picture of this for my blog"...everything worked out and I was able to stay clear of the warships with no problem. I have noticed the security guys seem to pay MUCH more attention to Si Bon when my 20 something year old daughters and their friends are aboard...go figure.
Leaving Sun Harbor MarinaSteve
11/04/2010, Sun Harbor Marina (duh)
While I was in Catalina I left Si Bon in her slip at Sun Harbor Marina, today I'll be moving back over to the mooring ball in Coronado. The last three days have been busy, getting everything off Jennifer K and back onto Si Bon took most of Tuesday,(we got back from Catalina at 0430 so we slept until 1000), yesterday was spent organizing myself, paying bills, grocery store, filling propane tank, getting mail blah, blah, blah.
Securite, securite, securiteSteve
11/02/2010, between San Clemente and the mainland
A securite (pronounced "say cure a tay") message on a VHF marine radio is a warning of a possible hazard, sort of like a heads up call, it is always repeated 3 times before the message is sent. Here in Southern California we hear a lot of securite calls as the US Navy issues them as warships move in and out of the harbors and as they conduct training exercises off of our coast. They are issued on VHF channel 16 (properly said as channel one six). Late yesterday afternoon we received the following securite broadcast; " securite, securite, securite, this is the United States Naval operations center on San Clemente Island, break. this a message to all vessels in the vicinity of San Clemente island. The southern end of San Clemente island is closed to all marine traffic, we will be conducting live ammunition exercises (read bombings) off of the southern end of San Clemente Island, all mariners are advised to stay 10 nautical miles off of San Clemente island and not to pass between warships and the coast of San Clemente (damm good advise), for any concerned traffic this is United States Naval Operations center monitoring channel 16, 12, 13 out.
Halloween in Two HarborsSteve
10/31/2010, Two Harbors, Catalina
Like many small towns across America Two Harbors gets much more into halloween than us big city folks. The people decorate their houses and yards, they have parades, they set up haunted houses and the kids can still go trick or treating. Here at Two Harbors they set up a haunted house high on a hill overlooking the harbor and across the ocean at the mainland, on Saturday night they reserve the haunted house for the kids...last night it was 21 and over and wild. We were able to mix it up with all the young local adults as we gathered around the entrance waiting for the opening, all the locals made us feel very welcome and at home, which is cool considering we were mostly in our 40's and 50's and they were mostly in their 20's. The haunted house itself was pretty much the same as they all are...oh except they didn't charge you $20 to get in...they did have a pumpkin that asked for donations...ya gotta love small town USA.
Catalina dive tripSteve
10/31/2010, West end Catalina
This was really a dive trip that Mark and I decided to make into a sailing trip too. The diving here on Catalina is amazing, you are able to step off the dive boat into an aquarium like atmosphere, fish surround you on all sides, the thick kelp forest rises from somewhere below. There are pinnacles that raise 300 or 400 feet from the ocean floor that create basically a 400 foot wall with marine life EVERYWHERE.
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