Lemons Way

Continuing adventures, observations, and images from a naturalist sailboat cruiser/family lawyer.

05 April 2020 | Tucson house
01 April 2020
19 March 2020 | Catch 22 Bay
19 March 2020
13 March 2020 | Costco
25 February 2020 | Manhattan
24 February 2020 | Near the ice rink at cousins.
20 February 2020 | NYC Children’s Art Museum
12 February 2020
06 February 2020 | Nogales, Son.
26 January 2020 | Hospital, La Jolla
19 January 2020 | New coffee place
18 January 2020 | Marina Real

Corona virus initial phase

05 April 2020 | Tucson house
Keith Singer | Good
Eating too much goodies.

01 April 2020
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Last chance to be on Oz before the border closed

25 March 2020
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I had the feeling I had better get up there and back before something drastic happened. Days after I returned the Northern and Southern borders were closed except for work, family, or medical. Recreation and tourism are on indefinite hold. I’ve been waiting for the completion of a large and time consuming project in preparation for her first long distance overnight crossing later this spring/summer. Hopefully the borders will open or I will need to find a legal reason to head back to Oz.

Morning calm

19 March 2020 | Catch 22 Bay
Keith Singer | Nice
I took the sailboat out just for the night and anchored across the bay, ate aboard, slept, awoke, and cruised back into dock and tied up all by myself. Engine ran like a top.

Overnight trip to Oz

19 March 2020
Keith Singer | Nice
Headed down for just one night on the sailboat and to deliver a long data cable. It was great.

Corona virus is on its way

13 March 2020 | Costco
Keith Singer | The line was as long as I’ve ever seen
Spent the day prepping. Kind of like preparing for a long sailing trip.

I prefer the red meat farther down the mast

09 March 2020 | Tucson
Keith Singer | Nice, warming
These are the days of awaiting the Coronavirus. It is coming. Hope to see you on the other side. In the meantime, a diet for heathy cruising. It has spread less in Mexico than in the US..

49 Years and still

25 February 2020 | Manhattan
Keith Singer | Cold
I was refreshed and energized by the travel, though also exhausted on the way home from lack of sleep the night before departure and having to spend 6 hours of flight on two separate legs from NYC to Tucson sitting next to two men so large they overflowed their seats. The first man stunk like he hadn’t showered in a long time. The second could not comfortably lower the arm rest between us. Made for a rough trip home. I don’t wish to fly that far anytime soon outside first class, which is pretty much never an option for me. I’d rather drive when possible. This trip required flying. Another thing about NYC. Food is great, but to eat well, meaning fruits and veggies and good proteans, it is much more expensive and one needs to avoid places that just sell you a bunch of carbs that fill you up but don’t cost much compared to good foods. Immediately returned to that kind of eating since I’m back home. Diet is more and more important as i age. Here i am up in the early morning writing about diet and health. Good.

Quick visit to family in NYC

24 February 2020 | Near the ice rink at cousins.
Keith Singer | Sunny and cool but nice
I made the best of it but prefer the country, except for the food. NYC has good eats.

Sailboat from Mica’a BICAS birthday party

23 February 2020
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Art in Starbucks in LaGuardia

23 February 2020
Keith Singer | Hot inside

Colors

20 February 2020 | NYC Children’s Art Museum
Keith Singer | Cold

12 February 2020
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Nogales food fest

06 February 2020 | Nogales, Son.
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Manuel arrived two hours late to our meet in Nogales so I had some time on my hands to explore. I went along the street that follows the big red metal border fence. It was interesting how it got more or less nice. There is still a lot of poverty along the border, but some beautiful and even modern houses as well. I ate only street food. Starting with three amazing meat and potato taco dorados, then a few more from another purveyor, not quite as good but still great. Then I tried one taco from this crowded little stand and that is the one you see in the picture. Ate it with a sugary coconut drink. I finished with a cup of fruit spears with chili salt and it was also delicious. Afterwards I felt like a huge full pig. There was more to explore and I'd like to continue my exploration of Mexican foods. There was one nice shop that only sold moles. I also picked up five bags of flour tortillas from this place that makes the most delicious thin ones that we often eat in the mornings, sometimes with just butter.

Another trip to Nogales to bring parts to Manuel on the Mexican side

06 February 2020
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This was my third trip down to Nogales and then back to Tucson for the sole purpose of delivering parts for refit to Manuel. He cannot cross to US and we meet at the McDonalds Ley and he puts the parts in his car and drives them up to San Carlos. This time he had his friend Carlos, who has worked in the boat in numerous ways over the last year or two. Manuel will arrange for the equipment to be installed on the sailboat, which is often a custom install requiring lots of time and excruciating mechanical detail I'm not very good at. For this particular refit, Manuel will call me when the doppler radar and GPS chartplotting monitor with automatic integrated multiple target tracking software are all finished and everything works. The previous owner promised me the old radar would be back from the shop in Guaymas and guaranteed it would work, but, like so many other things on Oz over the last four years, we had to rebuild completely or replace altogether with modern.

Jason and his crew Paul off for a trip round the Baja to San Diego

06 February 2020
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I've been following Jason and Paul while they have cruised their way down to Cab, around the peninsula and up the Pacific side to Magdalena Bay, where they are departing this morning for the run to Ensenada. I, on the other hand, am walking at Sabino Canyon before stopping at Celia's school to drop off her medicine and then heading to work for the day at the law office. Jason has an in reach satellite tracker and I have been able to follow them in real time. It's pretty freaking amazing. I can see from the track and the speed that they have been motoring the whole way. So much for heading out on long tacks during the day and then shorter tacks at night back, or vice versa however it goes sailing up the Pacific. They are doing it like I would likely do it, on engine and on auto pilot, slowly but surely reading a book, hopefully while baking cookies. My sailing friends from San Carlos all off around the Baja while I am home in this blessed family and work life. I may complain sometimes but it is relatively so privileged that I can only be grateful in the end. There is, as always, more refit going on with Oz at present. Equipment that will help keep me safe when crossing overnight to Baja one night in the not to distant future.

Undesired Family Gathering

26 January 2020 | Hospital, La Jolla
Keith Singer | Nice weather
My brother, Kevin, Keviano Singaro. His son is turning 14 tomorrow. We gathered as a family, the five of us. My father is suffering from another cancer and is recovering from major surgery to remove it from his pancreas. Several other organs were removed and his recovery has been slow but steady since i arrived a couple of days ago. It has been nice spending time with family through this difficult time. Can't believe we all made it this far. Baruch hashem.

Morning Brew In San Carlos

19 January 2020 | New coffee place
Keith Singer | Perfect weather today, we are blessed
Cold windy night turned into a perfect cool, calm, sunny morning. The light is so beautiful this time of year. Our regular coffee shop was closed so we tried this new one. Best cappuccinos we’ve had in a while. The start of another full day of eating, relaxing, and enjoying. I’m sitting on a sportaseat at the bow catching the sunset right now on this last night of this trip. We prepared food and ate on the boat for dinner and breakfast and several snacks this trip. This sailboat has become truly like a home away from home. We constantly think about getting a bigger, nicer, newer sailboat, and maybe some day we will, but this sailboat is great. We checked the listings at the yacht broker and there is nothing we are interested in that is even close to our price range. This sailboat is paid for and in great shape and is fully solid in terms of seaworthiness. It’s just getting a little tight with our growing family. But there is something about this sailboat. It is the boat. Truly.

Blue in her place on Oz

18 January 2020 | Marina Real
Keith Singer | Sunny, windy, and cool. Cold at night.
Some time ago I pulled money out of the atm here and there was a guy right outside who had these hanging seats. I asked if he made them himself and he enthusiastically proclaimed he did. That was a lie. The same chairs are sold by lots of men around San Carlos throughout the year and they appear to be the same exact hanging chairs. That being said, the hanging chair has brought so much fun and joy to the sailboat just from the kids playing in it on so many trips. Now the dog has claimed it definitively as her place on the sailboat. She can sleep here for hours at a time and, indeed, is sitting in the hanging chair as the sun sets tonight on the sailboat as i wrote this post.

Morning in the scenic pueblo

18 January 2020
Keith Singer | Sunny and windy
It was blowing a northern when we arrived and has continued pretty much non-stop since then. No way any sailboats are going out in this. But we are safely docked and have a modern space heater to keep us warm at night and a modern marine air conditioner to keep us cool during the day. Levi, who has been a bit sick, took a long nap this afternoon. Celia and I went together to refill our five gallon jug with agua alkalina and pick up meat for carne asada taco dinner. We brought the meat to the guy next door who grills it over coals with salt for twenty pesos. Celia made me give him 30. Less than $2. It’s been a relatively painless transition to boat life for me this trip, more or less so for others in the family. Paul came down with us and is with Jason and Honey the Golden getting ready to cross, cruise south, and head back up the pacific side. We are staying put here in Marina Real for a while longer, maybe more. More refit in the works.

Jim and Smiley

12 January 2020 | Somewhere along the Baja side
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We will miss having you across the dock at Marina Real with your experience, wisdom, and bucket of water at the ready and we wish you safe passage from La Paz to wherever you may find your next adventure.

Early morning light

30 December 2019 | Oz, Marina Real
Keith Singer | Cold at night and mostly great weather during the day

26 December 2019
Keith Singer | Chilly but nice
I enjoyed several sunsets alone at the bow on this 30th trip on Oz. Slowly but surely getting her back into cruising shape and getting to know her ins and outs.

26 December 2019 | Meri Meri Coffee
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26 December 2019
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Miramar, Guaymas

26 December 2019
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On the way home from our first afternoon/evening in Guaymas at Magdelena and Lalo’s retirement home.

26 December 2019
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Another framing project from the store in Hermosillo

15 December 2019
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I felt a bit awkward having them frame this in the capital of the Mexican state of Sonora.

Last night on the water, Winter sailing with Paul

15 December 2019 | Old Fishing Camp Anchorage, San Carlos, Son.
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Winter Wonderland

14 December 2019 | Catch 22 Bay
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14 December 2019
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Short trip to Mexico

14 December 2019 | Marina Real
Keith Singer | Cool and sunny awesome winter weather
Came down with my mate Paul to deliver and install a new rigid inflatable dinghy and to do a little sailing and cruising.

12 December 2019
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12 December 2019
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Blue Ivy

12 December 2019
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12 December 2019
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Home made bread and Kerry butter

05 December 2019 | Back home
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Mike and Rhonda’s in Flagstaff

05 December 2019
Keith Singer | Freezing
Those ginormous biscuits.

View into town from Thanksgiving dinner, 2019

05 December 2019
Keith Singer | Freezing cold

Thanksgiving Greetings

28 November 2019
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Morning light

25 November 2019 | Sabino Canyon
Keith Singer | Cold now in the mornings, shorts and several layers
No matter where, usually, when it’s first light, i want to be out here.

Back at Sabino Canyon

13 November 2019 | Tucson
Keith Singer | Cold in the morning now

Fresa con leche

13 November 2019 | Somewhere 50 or so KM south of Nogales, Son.
Keith Singer | Nice weather in the drive home
Our first experience with this desert was nothing short of perfect. They dumped an entire half pint or so of those sugary strawberries into a cup, then filled the cup the rest of the way to the top with thick cream, then added vanilla sugary cream, then a layer of whip cream, then another dripping of the sugar cream sauce. As we worked our way as a family to the bottom of the cup, with creamy delicious sugary frozen strawberries in each bite, the cream froze into ice cream, strawberry ice cream, in the bottom quarter of the cup, making the ending truly sublime. Never had anything like it and it’s been waiting there for us to try the whole time.

Tres leches cake from Elbas

13 November 2019 | Santa Ana, Sonora, Mexico
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Magdelena turned us onto Elba’s and we have enjoyed it now for several years. I’ve been eyeing the desserts there for a long time and finally went for it this past weekend. The tres leches cake at Elba’s is iconic in my humble opinion. The cake sits in a pool of cream, has another type of cream center, and is covered with another type of cream. There are some nuts on top. It was as good as it looks. As Anthony would say, you want this. We’ve discovered if we share one dessert as a family, we can enjoy it without feeling any guilt.

Happy Hour at Hammerheads

11 November 2019
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Family sailing trips with this family involve a lot of eating out and not so much sailing. This was my 28th trip on or to Oz. With Sarah's help, I'm learning to accept the reality of my families existence. Still blessed and fortunate to do what we get to do. The sailing will come eventually, or not. Several projects were completed on this trip, including new pump for refrigeration, but it was the last voyage for our dinghy. The cooling system on the engine was completely overhauled between the last voyage and this trip, including removal of the heat exchanger and service by professionals, coolant change, and new impeller, as well as overall engine reclean. It got another new red spray pain coat. The old impellor was still in usable condition, but had lost a fan, which was reportedly found by Manuel as he worked on the still technically new engine. He assured me in response to my questions, “your system is clean.” But as Sarah pointed out, the work on the boats never ends, it just takes on new dimensions, so to speak. You can’t just coast, as Sarah says. The sailboat requires regular and consistent attention to work safely and reliably in this harsh Sonoran desert/marine environment. In exchange, I get the most intensely beautiful experiences and adventure as much or more sometimes than we want.

It rained a little today

11 November 2019
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Late afternoon walk at Pilar.

Rosas coffee

10 November 2019
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Much needed on this second morning of the mid November, 2019 sailboat trip. Living the dream, kind of. We made it out yesterday but it was too windy to sail with the kids, then couldn’t get the engine off the mount, came back in and finally got it off with Jim’s help but then my second gas tank fittings didn’t work either, so i spent hours trying to start an outboard with no fuel, finally using Jim’s tank, again. Dinner at Rosas and a peaceful night. Walk this morning was cool using Sarah and Celia’s path up the hill to the nice houses, then crashed when Levi ran out of energy on the second phase. We’re all energized up now. One more cup of Rosas coffee and and we will head out, pick up lunch, and back to the sailboat for take two of going day sailing.

Coffee stop as we arrived in San Carlos

09 November 2019
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First night

09 November 2019 | Sorry Peso
Keith Singer | Perfect
Awesome, but difficult.

The usual first day problems

09 November 2019 | Marina Real
Keith Singer | Nice
Kids helped to clean that up as it was at the bottom of a deep compartment. You may be able to see the wrench that was sitting in that water. I don't know whether it is condensation from the fridge system or a small leak in the pipes for the pump, but we cleaned it up and Manuel webs down there and made sure nothing was leaking (anymore).
Vessel Name: Oz
Vessel Make/Model: Cascade
Hailing Port: Tucson, Arizona
About:
Keith is a middle aged Family Law Attorney from Tucson, Arizona who somehow managed to develop a love of sailboat cruising as well as other adventures in spite of growing up in the Southwest North American desert. This blog used to be about how I become an occasional coastal cruising sailor. [...]
Extra: Oz is currently berthed at Marina Real at San Carlos on the Sea of Cortez
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