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Dodging traffic in San Diego BaySteve
05/05/2013, San Diego
One of the reasons I wanted to return to San Diego was to be able to take friends and family sailing....something that didn't happen very often while in Mexico. Yesterday for the first time in over two years I took my Daughter Amber and her boyfriend Wade, and friends Heather, Robin and Robins niece Galean out for a sail on San Diego Bay. OK....so it wasn't a perfect San Diego sailing day, in fact the wind was from almost due south at about 10-12 knots, which conveniently blows me away from the dock while coming and going into the slip. It was also quite cloudy/overcast which isn't all that unusual for May in SD.. Never the less it was great to be back out on the bay. I had to get use to watching out for other boats and trying to remember the "rules of the road" all the while bundled up to combat the frigid 65 degree weather. As usual the newbie sailors (Robin and Galean) showed up in shorts and light tops in anticipation of working on their tans...only to have to borrow hoodies and blankets to fight off the potential for frostbite. For most of the day we had 10-15 knot winds and sailed under reefed sails, more for comfort than necessity. Everyone did a great job of crewing and as predicted the most excitement was coming and going from the slip in the breezy cross wind, especially Amber's leap of faith as we blew away from the dock while leaving. San Diego is such a beautiful place to sail, and I look forward to taking more friends/family out over the next several months......just don't forget your hoodies.
WOW...what an adventure!Steve
04/19/2013, Sun Harbor Marina, San Diego, Ca. USA
WOW...what an adventure I've had! As I'm settling back into life in SoCal my mind often wanders back over the past two years. I've definitely learned a lot about a lot of things. I've traveled over 4,000 NM, been in 13 different marinas, somewhere around 40 different anchorages and met hundreds of interesting people.....some more than others. All while traveling on a 42 foot sailboat. I've somehow managed to avoid any horror stories, which I know makes for dull blog posts. Si Bon has handled the challenge of her second Mexico cruise with a stellar performance. Together we managed to have no major systems fail. Sure there were plenty of times that I had make repairs underway, or to jury rig something to get by....but no major issues. There were also plenty of times I said a prayer to the man upstairs thanking him one thing or another.
The baja Bash; part 3Steve
04/17/2013, Ensenada to San Diego
Monday afternoon my friend Robert and I took the Marina Coral shuttle back to the Coral. Monday night we went out on the town and had a blast. Ensenada is a really cool and fun town and very easy to get to from SoCal.
Fitting back in.Steve
04/08/2013, San Diego (by land)
I'm not going to be of these cruisers that continues writing my blog forever. I will probably stop posting blogs sometime shortly after I get Si Bon back to San Diego. I do think it's important..for me anyway, to continue blogging as I start to fit back into mainstream society. Some of the best memories of my Mexico cruise have involved the mexican bus systems. It took me awhile to feel comfortable hopping on a mexican bus, sometimes standing room only, many times with backpack and bags full of provisions, often being stared at by curious Mexicans as you tried not to knock anyone over with your heavy load. There are many moments that are now running thru my mind of funny and sometimes not so funny moments riding the Mexican buses throughout the country. As I prepare for my return to life in Southen California one of the most important things to have is a car. If you've been following my blog since the beginning (and are still awake), then you know that it was a liberating experience when I sold the last of my two cars. I have now been carless for over two years, something I would not of thought possible before the great adventure began. Yesterday my days of being carless ended as I became the proud owner of a 2013 Chevy Equinox.
There's no place like homeSteve
04/06/2013, San Diego (by land)
One of the many benefits that the Marina Coral in Ensenada has is a shuttle that runs between the Coral and West Marine in Shelter Island (San Diego). The price of the shuttle is a little higher than if you took public transportation....but it's soooo much easier. So yesterday morning I boarded the shuttle (a large van), and I'm now back in San Diego. I have a few things that I wanted to line up ahead of bringing Si Bon back in order to fit back into mainstream society, you know like a cell phone, a car, a slip in a marina.....and most important an In-N-Out burger. So after arriving in SD mid afternoon I rented a car, made a quick stop at my new marina (Sun Harbor), and made a mad dash for In-N-Out. On the way to In-N-Out some old lady pulled out in front of some old man, and at a speed of about 2 miles per hour they collided.....right in front of me. My first thought of course was "I hope they're OK" , but since they immediately started yelling at each other, and flipping each other off, my thoughts went to "you idiots, I haven't had an In-N-Out burger for 8 months". I quickly steered around the old codgers and beelined it to In-N-Out.
04/03/2013, Marina Coral, Ensenada, Baja California
While checking in at the Marina Coral I was given a rate for a 1 month stay ($550 USD) that was less than I would have paid for 8 nights. Since I wanted to hang around Ensenada for a week or so anyway I decided to pay for a month....I can always leave earlier if I want. Marina Coral is a modern resort/marina which is located about 3 miles north of downtown Ensenada. There are many amenities here, including very nice showers (very important after a 2 week Baja Bash), indoor and outdoor pools and Jacuzzis, laundry facilities (also important after bashing), and a complete gym which I don't have to pay extra to use. They also have a shuttle that runs to San Diego and back every Friday and Monday.
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