Lemons Way

Continuing adventures, observations, and images.

The hot humid summer baja weather has changed to comfortable at the sailboat

And just like that, after 3 weeks away from the sailboat, the fall weather has come to the northern Sea of Cortez. It happens like that in the middle of October. Sometimes a little later in the month, sometimes a little bit earlier, like this time. The sun...

Back to making smoked brisket, Genuine American food

It will be cooking well into the night and monitored electronically

Yes, deer walk by my yard on the daily

Add this to the list of things to be thankful for.

51 years and still going for the great!

Carusos take out for my birthday as a taste of our past, Wheel of Fortune on the Wii with the kids and my parents, and yet another night on the Aliner Expedition with the kids in the front of our house. Blessed. These are the times to remember, cause they will...

Sailing into Shabbis

Yes. I just wrote that. 51 years. Shehechianu.

Refrigerator bandit strikes again

Mist off the lake

I felt a bit sick walking from the RV in the early morning cold. So different than what my body has gotten used to for so long. When I finally made it down to the lake, there was this mist coming off it, like something between a cloud coming over the water and...

Early morning light from atop the mountain

Friday morning. 630 am and I've slept the night in the camper by myself up at Mt. Lemon. Been awhile. After a nice music and dance party by myself onboard I fell asleep to rainshowers, wondering if the rig would slide down the hill. It didn't. The heater came...

Unexpected night on the mountain

I'm by myself at Rose Canyon Lake Campground, one of my very favorite local spots up at Mt. Lemon. I feel like I've been to this very campsite before, in fact I know I have, but with the family. It is cool and dry up here at 7500 feet. The sun is setting and...

Shabbat Shalom

Happy place, except it's with whom instead of where.

Latest scene from the refrigerater bandit

This is my happy place, but to be clear, it isn't my only happy place, just one of them. I was in my happy place on Kevin's boat in Los Angeles, and as well in my house in Tucson. Anyplace can be a happy place. It's not actually place at all that makes one...

Another cool motorcycle in San Carlos

In my ongoing effort to bring my blog groupies photos of còol and fun motorcycles I see here. This one is regularly parked at the marina where Oz lives.

Still hot and humid as heck

The sun has set and I am enjoying a hot and sticky evening out on deck with a cold beverage. There is an afterglow going in the west where the sun went down and a soft tropical like breeze, but unlike the cool northern breeze in the winter, this is still very...

These were not the best carne asada tacos I've ever had but the onions were quite tasty and it sure beats mcdonalds.

Two easy passages

Enjoyed the quick trip to from and on Catalina Island. We had the signature drink at the bar, checked out the general store, the Banning House, and hiked the road past 4th of July Cove, where the Yacht Club has their home in a bungalow like setting. Afterwards...

Cherry Cove, Catalina Island

Morning after a nice sleep in Cameron's old bedroom on Kevin's boat. Plenty comfortable. Awoke at 5 then went back to sleep until nearly 7. Enjoyed coffee made by Kevin on deck, then he went for a swim while I partook in some tea and cake. A quiet morning...

Back at Two Harbors, Catalina Island

We are moored in the fading light at the center of Catalina Island, where the Ismus is located. We enjoyed a calm cruise out here at 18 knots powered by two 350 hp diesels on calm pacific seas. Grabbed a mooring a Cherry Cove, had a hearty lunch, then a hard...

On Kevin's Boat

I am bedded down in the salon of Kevin's motorboat. Others are settling in other parts of the 40 foot boat docked securely in Marina Del Ray in Los Angeles, California. The picture is from earlier when we took it to refuel and.came upon a fog bank. We later...

Doors

I was taught by the women in my life to appreciate doorways and my photobank contains numerous pictures of beautiful doorways from my walks around the neighborhoods around the marina.

Friends and ceveche

I invited Magdelena and Lalo over to the sailboat for the evening. They were wonderful company and we enjoyed beer that went down like water in the cockpit as the sun set in the heat and humidity and darkness fell upon us. They left me shrinp ceviche, which I...

Exploring town the way I love most

The tacos were the first great food I've tasted in a long time. So delicious I ate two of them, each filled with delicious meat, two grilled corn tortiĺlas soaked in juice, fresh limes, cabbage, cilantro. Heaven. I bought a kilo of corn tortillas and a small...

Filling prescriptions in Mexico

Walgreens wanted to charge me $120 for a monthly supply of just one generic medication at their regular rate. Thats like 100 times profit. Over the counter price here was 100 pesos per month per prescription, or $10 for both for a month's supply. What the hell...

Life is better on the water with AC

A quiet morning on the water

It is already starting to get hot here on Oz at Marina Real. Quiet evening at dock after a week of engine work on the sailboat engine. Exhaust manifold removed and all components serviced. They took Oz out into the bay and it is supposedly not overheating. I...

Rainy day hike

Another (half) night on the RV

After making it through the first week of school L wanted to sleep on the RV. So we did. However, he awoke in the middle of the night complaining of foot pain and cold, or maybe he was warm. I just remember I was feeling quite cozy and sleepy. We had to...

Yougart parfait

First day of school. 2nd and 5th grade. Wow, time flies. Alternating weeks are over and we're back to the regular school schedule. Lots of good experiences this past summer. Relaxation, swimming, some friends, lots of heathly home cooked food, getting to know...

A few quiet moments

Enjoying a few moments of quiet and peace before the little ones arrive. Purified water over purified ice with lemon in the backyard before 8 AM and after walking all the way around my neighborhood. Peace.

A new landscape

Slowly, piece by piece, one project at a time, and often several, this house is being renewed. This is so on numerous levels in life presently, though I'm not sure renew is the best word. Persist seems to be more accurate. But whatever, I think I appreciate...

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...