Lemons Way

Continuing adventures, observations, and images.

Waiting on parts

I'm reaching the point where I'd like to get this refit done and do more sailing. That prop, it eludes me. Always seemingly on its way, but isn't yet as far as I know. You would think I'm cruising at a remote island, but I'm working and parenting in Tucson....

Dinner from Nana

San Carlos Inner Bay

During my walk yesterday I noticed a new entry to the sea. It is located on the complete opposite side of the innner bay from San Carlos Marina. You can see how enjoyable and peaceful is the view. It is early morning on the day of departure back to Tucson. I...

Sunset already...

The days go by pretty quickly here and I'm hardly ever bored anymore. Today's highlights include an afternoon nap and the walk to Marina San Carlos and back for coffee, including a brief chat with Bob, whom I met a few trips ago at the same adjoining tables at...

Restorative sleep on OZ

Enjoying coffee in the cabin with water boiled in the cool collapseable red silicon bodied kettle from my father in law. This may be the first time I ever used it and it works perfectly. It has this well designed closing mechenism that is completely effective...

Driving into San Carlos at dusk

What a day. Awoke in Tucson, hiked two loops around the neighborhood, then ate a delicious breakfast of three fried eggs and rice with a few splashes of low sodium soy sauce. Tidied the house for showings over the weekend, packed up my things, and was off to...

The Martian

I'm spending yet another night at the law office, and not the remote one on a sailboat docked in Marina Real. I don't recommend sleeping on a blow up mattress in one's law office, or spending the night in any office for that matter. It can really mess with...

Nice way to spend new years 2021

This is my favorite photo from trip #43 to OZ. It appears to show our towels drying on deck in the winter sun. I could also have named this post "the $1,000 shower." When people talk about a $10k bathroom remodel, I now know a little bit more about what they...

Back at the office

Made it out of the marina by noon and enjoyed an uneventful drive back to the city, while working on the phone with my paralegals, for whom I am grateful. Stopped for lunch at this taqueria I've been eying for some time. They sell flour tortillas folded over...

Peter from Australia on SV Forbes & Cameron

Preparing for legit blue water voyage of several thousand miles.

Final Sunset

The weather this late afternoon is sublime. Still with a warm sun that isn't too intense and low humidity, this is what brings people from all over the world to this little piece of heaven. The couple on Cameron and Forbes is bending twin head sails onto...

Morning light from the cozy cabin

I've been weaning off another medication and sleep last night was a literal nightmare. I don't think I got decent sleep at all.
What little I got was chock full of anxiety and agst filled dreamlets. Read during the early morning until the light came....

Walking from Marina San Carlos to Marina Real

Health and wellness has become a significantly greater focus in my life. Briskly walking for long disfances has become a near daily thing in Mexico specifically and in my life generally. I've been loosing the extra fat that has plagued me for most of my life,...

Coffee at Barracuda Bob's

Time is different on OZ. Of course we have the exact same number of minutes in a day here on the sailboat, its just that I have practically nothing planned so the hours are almost all available to do whatever. It's complety choose your own adventure, for...

View from my parents' Tucson home at dusk

My family and I have begun the joyful project to replace, replenish, and renew the children's toys. The simple pleasure of allowing a child to choose their own toy and then making that wish a reality. And for the first time ever I got to be tooth fairy earlier...

Last Hanukkah in B2

This is the last night of Hanukkah, the 9th or 10th celebrated in this home. Now it is being slowly packed up and cleaned for a new family to make memories within its walls. Things have slowed again at the family law office. I received notice this afternoon...

Winter early morning light from dock 18, Marina Real, Sonora

Comfortable night in the forepeak. Fitfull sleep, but slept/rested from like 930 pm to 630 am. I wish I could sleep like when I was young. I think I've been sleep deprived, among other things, for a long time without appreciating the cumulative negative...

This delicious pasole

Today was a better day for the most part. I walked far into town for close to two hours, picked up a nice coffee at the Oxxo, enjoyed hearty breakfast at the hotel restaurant, then took a long, kind of hot shower in the hotel room and got all cleaned up and...

And a fourth night at Marina Terra

I wound up spending what has become the fourth night at the hotel in the last two trips up here.. They sent me a message mid-day that they would have the worksite/sailboat ready to at least sleep in by last night,, but I had already been in the hotel room most...

Another morning at Marina Terra Hotel in San Carlos

Arrived before sunset last night to the sailboat at Marina Real and it was in even worse condition than when my brother and I arrived two weeks ago. Three or four guys were working on the interior and the cockpit and the cabin were in total disarray. Manuel...

Heading home

Where is home anymore for me.. When I dropped Kevin off at the airport I didn't continue onTucson, but instead headed back to the sailboat for the rest of the day and overnight and until well after noon the next day. I didn't get home to Tucson until 9...

Full moon over the tetas

Kevin's perspective. Thanks for coming to visit me at my sailboat in San Carlos, bro! We got to spend our final night on Oz before we awoke before dawn and drove to the airport at Hermosillo while the sun came up.

Extreme adventure with Keviano

My brother takes after my parents when it comes to traveling, which means he's not much for sitting around and is ready to explore the local fun. I only go scuba diving once every few years, and usually in the summer, when the water is warm. Visibility was...

Kicking up a little dust with my brother

I really enjoyed going ATV riding with my brother Kevin. Our guide, Omar, took us to places I've never been before and farther than I have ever gone by land around here. The quads worked perfectly in the harsh conditions off roads here, where the desert...

Hermanos

Cocktail de Cameron

We picked up a six pack of Tecate light and enjoyed a few beers with a delicious mariscos lunch before afternoon rest at the hotel.

Morning from Marina Terra Hotel in San Carlos"

I picked up my brother at Hermosillo airport and we arrived to a sailboat completely under construction, no possibility of staying on it. We rented a nice hotel room at Marinaterra and have been enjoying an active trip to San Carlos while spending to quality...

Old Friends

Some childhood friends came by before bedtime to spend a little time by the firepit outside. We just picked up where we left off, however many months or years ago we last connected.

Early morning view

Just after wake up from the cabin of the sailing vessel Oz. Trip #39 to this old boat.

Blueberry’s Spot

I've been making my lists and checking them twice, doing all I can to get this old sailboat back into safe and reliable cruising, but it takes time. Slowly, surely, we are bringing her to perhaps better than new. I'm like four years in on this restoration. Is...

Trig Is Reborn

I finally met the new owners of Trig, the first Cascade 36 out of the mold. It's original owner, Mike, a really nice and knowledgeable man, passed away and the new owners are getting ready to cruise Trig again for a few months across the Baja. This is their...

Fresh caught bonito

Dude just parked in the marina and started butchering his catch into huge fillets while his partner held the grocery store bag full of fresh fish. So raw and incredible. I've been eating yellow tail sashimi that is popular here and very plentiful. I've got one...

Manuel back up the mast

It's the little things. The masthead/anchor light is not led and requires one amp of power. The led version uses .1. Just can't let the old one burn that much electricity unnecessarily. Also, the deck light below the nav light had the bulb broken. I have good...

Sabino Canyon Is Open!

Sabino Canyon, closed due to fear of flooding from monsoon storms and enormous early summer fires, now back open. This was my go to place to exercise and recreate but the closure sent me back to my own neighborhood and the amazing and challenging hills near my...

Think I found the cause of the engine overheat

That is definitely not a three blade 14 x 8 prop, which is recommended for the Beta 25 diesel marine engine. It would seem the previous owner slapped in a new engine but failed to address most of the other essential elements of that job, including using his...

Back to parenting

And Family Law, such as it is during Covid. And I'm always preparing for voyaging, through I don't seem to voyage very often or very far, and when I do it's not much. But I will. I think it is important to have personal, long term goals. My goal is to cruise...

Morning light from my room at Hotel Marques De Cina

I was studying the opening times for the border crossings and discovered the main gate is open 24 hours a day. It is only the commercial and pedestrian gates that close. Had I known I wouldn’t of stayed here last night and I would’ve gone through to the...

Hotel on Nogales, Sonora Side of the border

I didn't get out of San Carlos until past 130 pm because I was working with Manuel on refit and then showered and shaved and made and ate and cleaned up breakfast and then I stopped at Caleb's boat in the work area of the marina seca dry storage where i stayed...

Same old picture, sans ringworm

It seems like every trip to the sailboat is really a trip to prepare for voyaging. This means a lot of testing, a lot of failure and trying things that don't work, setbacks, frustrations, messes, discomfort, sometimes raw anger from this. Often the trip to Oz...

And just like that it’s November, 2020

I'm anchored rather close to the big island across the bay from the Marina. Headed out in the night with fully charged batteries and all instruments working. Turned just about everything off eventually to try and bring load down on batteries. Eventually just...

Back

Arrived at dusk last night, went food shopping, and got to the sailboat shortly after dark with nearly a full moon rising. Sailboat smelled of newly varnished wood, a smell I particularly like because it means the interior is going to look glossy and nice....

Last nights little adventure

It was so nice out at sunset that I headed out into the darkness not long after. I quickly discovered none of my electronic instruments were working, probably due to the failure of the Heart inverter/charger unit [it was actually a fairy in line fuse housing]...

Warm and wet southern breeze

My hike this morning took me to the little beaches near the marina and then a long walk up the beach and back. I was so hot and sweaty the cool sea water helped to cool me down. This is what people do here in the summer. They cool off in the sea, which is...

View from the top

I took a huge hike this morning around the point to some beautiful houses along the open sea. The roads are built but most of the lots are still raw land. The way things are growing here, those lots will be sold and houses built in the next decade. My little...

Back to the Marina (by truck), Night arrival

Drove for what seemed like too long along Highway 15 in the dark with no moonlight until I finally reached San Carlos. Stopped at the grocery to get food and ice and then scored a spot right by the entrance to our dock at Marina Real. Two trips with my stuff...

Driving into the night to get back to the sailboat

Safe Night On Anchor Across the Bay

I headed out in the dark by myself and cruised slowly across the bay while i figured out how to adjust the brightness on my electronic instruments from day to night. Enjoyed dinner on deck on the water on a beautiful relatively calm night. Slept soundly in the...

Enjoying some life music at Hammerheads before afternoon walk along the pier

Been a long time since I spent an afternoon just chillaxing.