Sailing with KIST

02 June 2012 | San Diego, CA
27 May 2012 | Pacific coast of Baja California
16 May 2012 | Turtle Bay
08 May 2012 | Bahia Magdelena
27 April 2012 | La Paz, Mexico
25 April 2012 | La Paz
14 April 2012 | La Paz
03 April 2012 | La Paz, Mexico
21 March 2012 | Stone Island, Mazatlan
16 March 2012 | La Cruz
09 March 2012 | Melaque, Barra, and Tenacatita
01 March 2012 | Melaque
23 February 2012 | Banderas Bay
08 February 2012 | Banderas Bay
31 January 2012 | Banderas Bay
29 January 2012 | La Cruz
24 January 2012
23 January 2012 | San Blas

Back in the US!

02 June 2012 | San Diego, CA
Bonnie/not hot
The trip from Ensenada to San Diego was uneventful…in other words, a nice way to end what was not an overly fun BASH. A huge pod of dolphins came to wish us farewell and I finally got a decent photo of them!

The trucker we are using to haul KIST back to Bellingham is scheduled to be here on June 18th and the mast is being pulled on the 15th. That gives Kevin the weekend to prepare the boat for the road trip north. We’ve found dock space at a fairly reasonable price in San Diego terms for a couple of week so now we are concentrating on ‘the return’. Cars, jobs, connecting.

Trip by the numbers:
5084 –Miles logged on KIST since August 4, 2011. The day we put her in the water with a running engine, systems intact, and sails installed.
603 –Miles hand steering due to the autopilot belt breaking. This amounted to roughly 96 long hours.
250 –Days of our midlife adventure. We left the dock in Bellingham on Sept 21, 2011 and reached the dock in San Diego on May 28, 2012.
53 –Degrees. The lowest temperature we recorded was off the coast of Washington on September 27 as well as on the return trip off the coast of Baja California Sur on May 12 at 4:00 am.
38 – Humidity reading on April 18 in Honeymoon Cove, the lowest reading we saw.
7—Fish caught by Kevin. I’d also guess that was the number of times I complained about the smell and mess of fish preparation. Kevin says he saw me stomp my foot one time and said ‘ah man’ when I poked my head out in the cockpit and realized he caught another fish.
1 – Dinghy race won.

Countless—wonderful people we met along the way, from fellow cruisers to the Mexicans of Baja California and the Pacific Mainland. Thanks to all for making this experience memorable.

Vessel Name: KIST
Vessel Make/Model: Fraser 41
Hailing Port: Bellingham WA
Crew: Kevin and Bonnie Peterson
About: Kevin and Bonnie hail from Bellingham Washington. Kevin is a special education teacher at Mount Baker High School in Deming Washington and Bonnie is a self employed project manager. We have two wonderful daughters and two very special grand daughters whom we are going to miss very much on our trip.

Who: Kevin and Bonnie Peterson
Port: Bellingham WA