We can't believe it is already spring and the month of April! It's getting scary how fast time is zipping by. Our two week break has gone way too fast as well, but we got some time in away from the dock, so guess we can't complain too much!
We started out with a fun visit from Jeff and Kathi from Bold Spirit. They left their boat in Fiji for another season and flew home to spend time in the states. We are so happy they stopped by San Diego so we could get together. We spent a couple of nights on the hook in Glorietta Bay rafted with John and Renee on Rubicon (formerly from Scarlett O'Hara). It felt like we were back out there cruising. Notice the Hotel Del in the background of our picture!
After a night in Mission Bay, we headed out to San Clemente Island to get some diving in, but 30 minutes after we got anchored, the Navy asked us to leave because they were going to be doing live fire practice. What we could say?!! So we decided to give up on the diving and head to Catalina. The water was too cold anyhow - not very inviting! We spent a couple of days in Avalon, then went to Two Harbors. We were surprised at how empty is was. We thought there would be a bunch of people out for Easter, but other than the weekend days, it was very quiet. We met a very nice couple (Kathy and Jeshua) who hiked the entire island from Avalon to Two Harbors. It was fun hearing about their adventures and we played some pool together at the Harbor Reef. From Catalina, we headed over to Dana Point for a couple of days, then down to Oceanside, and then back home. It feels good to be back - now we need a vacation from vacationing!
12/25/2012, Our Marina
Merry Christmas! We hope everyone is having a fantastic day filled with lots of love and laughter!
11/25/2012, San Clemente Island
Happy Gobble, Gobble! Wow! It's amazing how quickly the cooking of our yearly turkey has come about - didn't we just pose for this same picture?!!!
With a week off to play, we left the confines of the marina (and traffic, malls, and lesson planning!) to try to remember what the cruising life is all about. How quickly it came back to us and how lovely it has been to get to sleep in beyond 5:15! :) It's hard to believe we have been home from our trip almost as long as we were gone. I think we are sometimes still in denial that we're not still out there, and are thankful we are able to get away every once in a while to remind us what the foot loose and fancy free life is like!
We started our trip with a couple of days in Mariner's Cove in Mission Bay. It is such a lovely spot and an easy 4-5 hour putt from our marina. We then headed to San Clemente Island. It has been very quiet out here - we've only seen one other boat the whole time. Very nice! We have been enjoying daily games of cribbage and gin rummy and have been getting in a lot of enjoyable reading. The weather has been nice during the day - shorts and t-shirt temps, then drops to cool enough to make snuggling up in our flannel sheets very comfy.
Our list of things to be thankful for this year is pretty easy - we are so thankful we have such great family and friends (who never make us feel guilty when we take off for the holidays!), our health is great, and we are living a very happy life. Can't ask for much more than that!
We think we have shared our 'big news" with most , but want to make sure you know to save the date of August 8, 2013 for our special event! After 20,000 miles at sea, over 5 years living aboard in confined spaces, and many wonderful adventures, we have decided we are probably compatible enough to make it legal! Invitations will go out when the date draws closer, but mark your calendars now. The fiesta will take place on a Thursday evening in Marina Village in Mission Bay. We have a great band booked and are looking forward to an awesome reception!
Oops! Tried to send this through the SSB radio like we used to when we were cruising, but couldn't get it to work! Sorry it's getting out after Thanksgiving - we just got back to the land of internet! :)