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The groupies
08/10/2011, Mission Bay, CA

We saw these guys hanging out on a long pier where they sold bait - wonder why they were all there????

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A beautiful day
08/10/2011, Mission Bay, CA

Sailboats for hire at many resorts....

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The Black Skimmer
08/10/2011, Mission Bay, CA

My favourite bird so far, a thing of beauty when he skims across the water, very fast and very graceful....

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Mom Tern Resting
08/10/2011, Mission Bay, CA

Here is Mom Tern hanging out, baby was resting just below the boat on a mooring ball. This is the first time I have ever seen Terns resting.....

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We are off the dock!!!
Phoebe
08/10/2011, Mission Bay, CA

Mission Bay is only about 5 miles north of Point Loma Lighthouse in San Diego. It is a series of sheltered coves designed for people to have fun swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing (small dinghies and hobie cats) while enjoying the sun and sand. There is only one cove that sailboats of our size can safely enter due to the height of our mast. It is directly behind Pacific Beach so you end up with both a calm anchorage and access to the constant surf and surge of the Pacific. As we had no agenda we decided to wait for favourable winds before sailing on to Dana Point up the coast. Silly people that we are!!!! The wind felt disinclined to blow in the appropriate direction so we hung out for three days. As it happened, fate played a role in the extra day we decided to give the wind a chance to redeem itself. Our computer re-charging cord went on the fritz and we were able to get it replaced under warranty prior to our departure. The price you pay (somewhat steep) for enjoying Mission Bay are the airplanes that take off and land at the San Diego Airport every five minutes from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm. We were anchored directly on the flight path. The wildlife was fun to watch, mother terns chasing their babies to keep them from landing, showing them how to hunt, reluctantly feeding them fish when they became too tired and landed anyway on top of the mooring balls in the anchorage. The ever present pelicans constantly flying and diving for their supper or following the fishing boats hoping to get some stinky, tasty fish morsels thrown overboard. My all time favourite, what I call the stealth bomber was the black skimmer. In Pier 32, our home base, they would fly by you at very high speeds while you walked along the dock. It was always at night and felt like a soft wind brushing by your face. The black skimmer drops down to the surface of the water, opens its beak and skims the top of the water for food. The best picture (and even then it does not do them justice) is the one I got very early in the morning at Mission Bay as they finished up their nightly hunting. I hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Fun & Frolic on the Pacific
Phoebe
07/06/2011, Beach at the Coronado Hotel

Alia & Mike - jumping for joy!!!!!

San Diego CA
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07/25/2011 | Jill Savage
Adorable shot - love the hangtime!

The blog is looking great so far, I can't wait to read more of the Chronicles. Cheers!
08/04/2011 | Bill
Are you guys at sea yet????
08/08/2011 | Terry
Love the blog and will be a faithfull reader. North Channel just wasn't the same without you two but we did manage to hang out for 3 weeks and find a few new anchorages. Saw the ducks but it was from afar and not under the best circumstances.

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