Lemons Way

Continuing adventures, observations, and images.

To Chicago and back with the kids

Sitting on the airplane between the children on the flight back to Tucson from Chicago. I am so grateful to spend this time with them, having previously occupied the lone fourth seat on pretty much every trip, and in pretty much every other circumstance. The...

Camping at home

The kids wanted to spend the night with me in the RV, parked in our driveway. Sure. They slept together on the main queen bed and I on the dintte bed, as usual for family camping. They loved it and both slept great. The next night they wanted to sleep in the...

East Grove

More than a decade ago, before marriage and children and remote family law practice, I started planting dwarf citrus trees in my backyard as a way of putting down roots after I returned from that big cruising adventure with Jake and Anne. When I regained...

Dead of summer at B1

Sun is rising far to the north this time of year and it is blazing hot by noon. Working this week from B1, first time I've stayed here by myself for a whole week in a long, long time. Been slowly developing the landscape around the house. Several new dwarf...

Glorietta Bay and the Bay Bridge at Sunrise

All good things must come to an end, and so it is with this trip to stay with my parents in Coronado. We are headed back to the Old Pueblo and the children are off soon to their next summer travel adventure, as, likely, am I. I just want to be thankful in this...

Coronado Memories, Summer, 2021

I am with the kids staying with my parents for a few days after the 4th of July holiday. Presently I'm enjoying coffee overlooking Glorietta Bay before the kids get up. We did wind up doing a little one session sailing school. Set up the boat, put it in the...

4th of July in San Diego

I specifically planned to arrive in San Diego to exchange the children on the 5th, after the 4th of July. I did this to avoid the crowds and craziness here. However, most of my extended family was leaving today so I came early. Glad I did. Enjoyed time with my...

Driving round the sea

I've always wondered what is below Yuma along the northern edge of the Sea of Cortez. Yesterday I finally experienced it driving from San Carlos Mexico to San Diego, California, towing the Laser. What a journey. Through amazing and unusual landscapes. Salt...

Whiling away the time

Reminds me of summer in the deep south. Air conditioner has been going practically non stop since I got here. I'm outside having coffee and it's bearable because it's early, just after 6 am. Predict wind app says the wind just after noon is going to be best...

That old familiar feeling

I enlisted the help of crew chief, Manuel as I knew getting the laser set up and in the water in this heat was going to be brutal. He sent Armondo and Raul to help me and they absolutely did. They lifted the boat off the trailer and brought it right next to...

The Laser boat

I'm enjoying instant coffee on OZ's stern deck, my usual spot. Cool southern breeze coming from behind me. So nice. It hasn't gotten hot yet today, but it's coming, I'm sure. I can hear the water stream from the air conditioner pumping exhaust water containing...

Back to OZ

Sitting on deck in the sportaseat in the darkness, no moon. Warm southern breeze and general humidity in the air. It was over 90 in the cabin when I arrived at the sailboat but the air conditioning has been cranking for the last 15 to 20 minutes while I've...

Adventuring with Alyson, Paul, and Xena in Montrose

On the final day at Alyson's house I awoke early, enjoyed some tea and cake on the patio at first light, then fell back to sleep until close to 9, when I received a call from the kids in their way to swim team. I had coffee with Alyson then worked until early...

Colorado

The photo above shows a brief stop at a little old mostly abandoned Colorado town on my way to Montrose. After a journey that took more than twice as long as the trip from San Carlos to Tucson I finally arrived in Montrose. It's kind of spread out in a large...

Boondocking at Walmart

After a long day of driving from Southern, Arizona to Southern, Colorado, I find myself parked at Walmart in Cortez, Colorado. Tried some other places but I didn't want to pay so much and really wanted to just park for free. It's kind of crowded with RVers...

Northward

Made it out Sunday late afternoon and arrived at Pichaco as the sun was getting low but still 109 degrees out. Discovered ac compressor is dead and hot water heater has come off its mount. Still enjoyed a decent, if hot, night on the Aliner.

A moment of appreciation before departure

I'm enjoying coffee on deck this final morning. I've dialed in the coffee formula perfectly and it tastes really good. I think I'll have another. Awoke in the night to a warm boat, 80 degrees outside. Cooled with a fan at the foot of my bed. It's still not hot...

Pushing through the summer workday

This was the view during my morning walk from the sailboat to the open bay before starting work at 9:15 am and then continuing to work with clients and paralegals all day pretty much non stop until well after 5:00 pm. Spent the whole day in the beautiful, air...

Back on OZ

Southern winds have subsided in favor of cool dry weather from the northwest. It is amazing early summer weather here in San Carlos and I am back on the sailboat until I parent again. Bliss. There was a large line of cars at 11 am queuing to get back into the...

You can't be mad at someone for not having the same favorite color

The summer schedule involves longer periods in Tucson and larger blocks in between. I have come to accept my love for travel and adventure is well beyond what most people enjoy. During the pandemic I haven't done much, except to San Carlos and Phoenix. I'd...

Last night of the first 2021 summer trip to OZ

I'm back at the dock enjoying the final sunset of this week-long trip on the sailboat. Really enjoyed working from the sailboat at anchor. Makes cruising seem downright productive and even, dare I say, profitable. Headed out early this morning from the...

Living and working at the old fishing village anchorage

While I've settled into this week at anchor in San Carlos bay, I've met several of my neighbors in this little anchorage. There are people who are living full time on their boats, some for many, many years. This one guy I met today, turns out to be the same...

Another day in paradise

I awoke this morning after a rare second night of uninterrupted sleep to this view of the light coming up from the anchorage. Been sitting on deck drinking coffee and reading before I head off to shore to stretch my legs. Conditions have remained nice in San...

Glass

It's 5:28 a.m. onboard OZ. I awoke not long ago to early morning light after a rare uninterrupted night's sleep. It is quiet in the bay. Water is calm, unlike yesterday afternoon, which was very windy and gusty. This photo looks out to the Sea of Cortez. Birds...

OZ, 2021 Spring Working Cruise

Took this photo after getting the zodiac attached to its engine at sunset last night and zooming around the neighborhood to check it out for the first time in probably a year or more. Engine ran perfectly after sitting all this time. I remember I took it in...

Mike's sailboat at sunrise

Already back at dock. My week long cruise didn't last 24 hours. I was getting into the groove, made coffee, got the kayak on the water and paddled around the island where I came across these two huge clown fish, like a pound each. Then I paddled over to the...

I departed around sunset and headed across the bay towards the now familiar anchorage. Anchored in 22 feet reasonably far from shore but inland enough to hear the band at the Soggy Peso and not too close to a large motor yacht with vivid blue exterior lights....

Bringing out the cruising gear

Back at the sailboat for a week on the sea. Forecast looks good for local cruising. I was able to arrange for Armondo and Raul to meet me at the dock when I arrived this afternoon after arriving into San Carlos and doing some grocery shopping for the week. You...

Summer 2021 is upon us

The saguaro cactus bloom, the last of the significant springtime blooms in the Sonoran desert. We’ve been having 100 degree days and it’s only mid-May. Kids are on an extended stay with their mother and grandparents for the start of summer vacation. I’m...

Sunrise heading back to Tucson

Caught this sunrise coming directly at me as I drove toward the highway back to Tucson. I've come to really enjoy living part time in San Carlos, Mexico. It happened out of circumstance as I was not planning to be here this much. Kind of a blessing, though....

Finally

After a very long time waiting for the right conditions I took OZ sailing yesterday afternoon. I've spent so much time and effort getting the diesel propulsion system perfected I forgot this sailboat sails like a dream, fast, relatively quiet, and efficient....

The big 5 0

It's the 50th trip to/on Oz. I had planned to make it into something more grand or adventurous, but it's turning out to be just another trip down here, which is still quite nice, as you can see.

My little citrus grove

Planted these over a decade ago and they are going strong. If you've been following this blog for an especially long time you may remember these or ones like them being planted in the rocky ground in my back yard. All now sport well established and...

Morning light

As I wash the pile of dishes in preparation for heading home to Tucson. Awoke at 4, which is not unusual in and of itself. Instead of going back to sleep, I awoke in the darkness and organized my departure. By the time the sun was up I was loading the truck...

Sunset from slip 18, Marina Real

This is last night's sunset, but tonight is much the same. Clear skies, cool breeze, life is good. I wound up staying an extra day and night because it is so nice here. Hiked along the beach this morning to the convention center hotel and back, then a good...

I think we severely underestimate Mexico and the Mexican people

We have nothing like this. And it's such an obvious product. If Mexico is so backwards how do they have this? And the whole tuna sections sold here are redder and more natural and healthier looking too. It's not just the proximity to the sea. We have that in...

Sanitized and available

Sunday morning gathering at Barricuda Bob's at Marina San Carlos. Met old friend Caleb for coffee and then breakfast. He suggested some places but I took us to fancy Marina Terra Hotel breakfast. It was nice. Mine was great, his buffet, so so. And then it got...

Anchored at far side

Arrived yesterday afternoon and went out as it became dark and anchored at the far side of Sonora Bay. Made it through the night on the water with some difficulty and finally enjoyed a comfortable rest as the light came up in the early morning behind the...

Let us dive deep into air conditioning for a few moments

Living primarily in Tucson, Arizona, and part time in San Carlos, Sonora, it should not be surprising I take my air conditioning very seriously. I've been responsible for dozens of units at one point or another by this point in my life and I've developed some...

And we're in

I spent between Friday and Tuesday moving into B1 and I'm finally in. Couldn't get the air conditioning to work until the guy came this afternoon. Both units required additional refrigeration, the old kind thats around $100 a pound. Expensive, but now both of...

End of an era

I cannot fully describe how surreal this morning is. Last day and night in the former family home. I'll be sleeping in the other house tomorrow night and thereafter. Everything brings back memories, mostly good and cherished ones. The few items of furniture...

House refit

As the five year refit on OZ comes to an end (for now), a new refit has begun. This one had to be done in a month as I couldn't get my tenants out during Covid until the end of February, 2021, and the sale of our old house is closing in a few weeks. Since they...

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Yum.

This amazing place

Oz in front of magnificent early morning light

Somewhere around 6 in the morning, well after I awoke, I was treated to the most beautiful sunrise behind the mountain. Jumped off the sailboat to capture it from a few angles. Such a sensory experience, this sailboat life.

In it

The photo is of a picture my daughter Celia drew and which I had custom framed at our little shop in Hermosillo for $37. Presently I am in it, meaning I headed out after dark into the darkness and anchored across the bay in a light wind. Awoke an hour ago in...

Back to life

It is difficult to leave Tucson and head to the sailboat in Mexico, but once here, it is so worth it. Sea air. Wonderful cool temperature. Amazing sunset light. Awesome sailboat. I am blessed. This is not my regular life, but it is my alternative life and for...

New prop in action

This picture shows sunrise over the Tetas as I took a walk at sunrise to check the water. It was a very low tide and I decided to wait until it rose later in the day. We finally got out on the water with the new prop about 530 pm before sunset. Manuel, Carlos,...