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Those that know me know that I am VERY spiritual....I pray before I get up in the morning...I pray before I eat...I pray before I go to bed at night and I pray many other times throughout the day, however I rarely go to church, I like to say I'm a three times a year guy. Well one of those times is Christmas and last night I went to the mega church The Rock (pic) with my two daughters and my son-in-law. The pastor , Miles McPherson (former SD Charger), always has a great message and presents it in an entertaining way. I hope that as we all go about our busy days today we stop to think about the real reason for this day, I hope we embrace our family and friends and give thanks to Jesus Christ for all that we have in our lives.
Ok...so by now everyone has heard about the great So Cal floods of 2010...yes it rained in San Diego for a whole week almost non-stop, there were two days that we received over 2 inches within a 24 hour period...can you imagine that??? As luck would have it I left for Park City about an hour before it started to rain....I was gone all weekend and when I came back I took one look at the bay and called my good friends Kim & Paul to see if I could seek shelter from the storm...since Kim and Paul were escaping the storm in Hawaii, they were happy to offer me their comfortable home to seek refuge. Yesterday the clouds parted and I was able to return home to Si Bon. As they say "there's no place like home", My boat break was MUCH longer than I had planned...but that's life on a boat, I was able to revert to my old ways of reading the newspaper every morning (so negative) and having 100 TV channels to watch and not finding anything to watch! I've slid back into boat life and am amazed it how easy day to day things are becoming, things that use to take so much effort and thought are now becoming more second nature. My next mini cruise is to Ensenada with my friend Rich and another guy named Gary whom I haven't met yet. We will be leaving on the 31st at about 0300 and staying down for about 4-5 days. Of course all times and places are subject to change for any number of reasons.
12/19/2010, Park City, Utah
So I know you're saying...what's a ski dude doing in a sailing blog? Most cruisers will tell you that in order to remain sane living on a sailboat that you must get off the boat periodically and get away, it's the only way you'll last long term. When my best ski buddy Russ Carlson, who at 67 will out ski most men half his age (except me of course), called me and invited me up to his beautiful Park City condo, it was just to good to pass up. I flew up to Utah on Friday and Russ and I skied most of the day Saturday, and a good part of the day today. Russ's condo is on historic Main Street right in the heart of Park City, we can walk to the lift, the restaurants and of course the bars. It's been snowing most of the time I've been here and after shaking off the rust from not skiing last season, Russ and I carved up the famous Utah powder on nearly empty runs. Skiing is one of my passions and although this has been a great little boat break, I'll be headed home in the morning and am looking forward to being back home on Si Bon.
Happy Holidays from CoronadoSteve
All of the parking meters throughout Coronado have been draped with green festive looking covers with the above message. What a novel idea....a community actually giving it's residents and visitors something for free...unlike the larger city across the bay, that other than large retirement benefits to it's former employees,
One year laterSteve
It was one year ago today that I drove up to San Pedro and closed the deal on Si Bon, I spent my first of many nights on her before driving back to San Diego the next day. I have learned sooo much in the past year, both about Si Bon and her systems and about myself, I couldn't even begin to put it all in a blog. My original goal of leaving for my cruise in late 2010 or early 2011 is right on track as I am now planning a March departure. My friend Ric told me while I was planning my cruising that "you don't need to leave California to have a good time" Ric was so right, I've done four Catalina trips (one on Jennifer K), I've spent almost two weeks harbor hopping up So Cal and I've done so many Mission Bay trips that I've lost count of them, throw in all of the day sails and it adds up to a lot of sea time. Every trip has been packed with fun and adventure and I always think back to Ric's words.
Why did I become a blogger? Originally I started to blog so my family, friends and potential crew members could keep track of what I was up to once I leave for Mexico and Central America. As everything else on a cruising Sailboat, you need to practice and test systems and applications before you head off to some foreign country that you don't understand or speak their language very well (does dos mas cerveza count?). I have found with blogging that it you don't post blogs regularly people will not check your blog regularly either. As you may know, I now post blogs often and I feel that people are now following me. Yesterday I was accused on Facebook of posting "wimpy " posts, by a former childhood friend who now spends most of his life in a bar drinking (sad) seems that taking a 41 foot sailboat on a two week local trip is "wimpy", but sitting in a bar is manly, (whatever). As I am preparing to head south I hope my blog gives you an idea of what it is like for a regular dude to prepare himself and his boat for both living aboard and cruising, I hope that it may help some other person dreaming of cruising to prepare, I hope it will give someone an idea of a nice place to visit, whether that place is Catalina, Dana Point (pic) or somewhere in Mexico or Costa Rica (you don't need to sail to them), and I hope it will inspire you to follow your dreams...whatever they may be.
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