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03/01/2011, San Diego, California
Well the day has come...the crew is all aboard (pic)....the cupboards are packed...the fuel and water will be topped off later today. The plan is to leave Wed. morning at 0300 and sail down to Marina Coral, Ensenada, this should put us at the Coral around 1600. We will clear into Mexico on Thursday and spend Thursday night at the Marina Coral, weather permitting we will leave Ensenada on Friday morning and sail to Bahia Tortugas (Turtle Bay), Turtle Bay is about 275 NM south of Ensenada which should take us about 2 1/2 days. All subject to change of course.
Carless in San DiegoSteve
02/27/2011, San Diego, California
After several weeks of unsuccessfully trying to sell my Chevy Tahoe, (asking $9900) on Craigslist and Auto Trader I took it by Car Max last week, I was expecting to be lowballed to death and on the way there decided I would be VERY happy if they gave me $8000...and I would be OK down to $7000. I didn't really have much choice in the whole thing (probably would have taken down to $5000), because what am I going to do with a car in California when I'm in some foreign country? I had plenty of friends and my kids that offered to let me park it in front of their house and they would start/drive it every once in a while...but you know how that goes....it would get old fast, besides I could use the cash. I almost fell out of the chair when they came back with an offer of $9000, and I had 7 days to think about it. Yesterday I took it over to Car Max, got my check and I am now, for the first time since I was 16..... carless.
Max Prop and the mooring ballSteve
02/23/2011, San Diego, California
Yesterday my Max-Prop went back on Si Bon, taking the VERY high tech prop off with Si Bon in the water was one thing, putting the intricate prop back on was another, it didn't help that my diver Alex had injured his hand last week and was limited in his ability to work with the very small pins and screws needed to hold it all together. Once the prop was back on my crew member Peter (pic) and I did a little testing, with Si Bon tied tightly to the dock I put the boat in forward and reverse several times to make sure everything was working, we then untied the dock lines and headed out into the bay towards the mooring field to strip my mooring line off the ball.
02/22/2011, San Diego, California
It's kind of amazing to me that I will be talking to someone, someone who has known that I've been planning my trip for close to a year and a half, someone who knows that I've left my career of over 30 years, someone who knows that I've sold my condo (sort of), sold my Corvette, sold my waverunner, sold most of my furniture, someone who knows that I have spent countless hours and dollars on Si Bon...and when I tell them that I plan to be gone 5-10 years they respond with "oh I thought who were just going to be gone for a couple of months". Now I ask you why the hell would anyone do all of this for a couple of months.
Going away party.....take 2Steve
02/20/2011, Sun Harbor Marina
I can remember the night I made my decision to buy a boat, quit my job, sell everything and go cruising, I was reading some things on some sort of cruiser blog type of web site, someone suggested that you make a list of the six things that you would want to gain from a cruiser lifestyle....and six things that you would miss most about leaving your current lifestyle. My list of things I would miss most were the following; 1. My kids, 2. my friends, 3.Reading my newspaper every morning, 4. watching TV, 5. My comfortable home and 6. security of a land based life. Well yesterday I was reminded of just how much I will miss my kids and my friends, my two wonderful daughters, Amber and Ashley threw me a going away party, they put it all together, bought all the food/drinks, and invited all my friends. It was a great day as I saw many of my friends both old friends and new friends and even my ex-wife and her husband (see christmas blog), everyone was enthusiastic about my trip and wished me well. I hope that the people who said they want to meet me along the way will follow up and strive to make it happen, as it would be great to see them and share with them for a few days a part of my new lifestyle.
It was just pointed out to me that I'm slacking on blog posts, this is a good thing as it means that people (other than myself) are actually reading my blog. A few weeks ago I went to my very good fiend Paul's 70 birthday party and was approached by several people who were excited to tell me how much they were enjoying my blog. Two of these people were a couple, (not giving name for privacy), who would love to be doing what I'm getting ready to do....but she has diabetes, and has most of her life, she is currently struggling to stay healthy....and alive, she told me that he reads her my blog at night before they go to bed. When people hear what I'm getting ready to do they seem to think that I'm embarking on some sort of difficult journey, but the truth is that removing a few dock lines (still in marina) and floating away on a sailboat isn't really all that difficult. There are many things in life that make my journey seem like a walk in the park, there are many people throughout the world who have to struggle everyday to fight off illness, hunger or many other situations that are truly difficult. If brings me great joy to be able to share some of my planning, struggles and adventures with someone who may be fighting a truly difficult situation in their life.
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