Lemons Way

Continuing adventures, observations, and images.

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...

If you know you know

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,...

Prop returned from Kelly's in Mazetlan

You can see the difference between computer made original prop from the late January 2021 entry and the craftsmanship in the refit prop from Kelly in Mazetlan, which increased the prop pitch from 14 x 8 to 14 x 9. Seemingly minor, but I am worried it won't be...

Bringing the law office to the sailboat

I've been developing the remote law office for months and we finally reached the point of trying a remote microsoft teams trial from San Carlos, Mexico. It worked surprisingly well. I only had 20 minites after I arrived to.get set up but we prepared...

Safely tucked back at dock 18

I spent the last three nights of my recent remote office trip on the sailboat and finally got to use the interior as a law office. Really nice. Like a real traditional law office in that there is a lot of varnished wood and the space feels great for doing law...

The good, the bad, and the great

Good news, we're back in the water and I'm back on the sailboat. I left the Aliner at the RV park because I already paid for tonigbt, I'd just rather spend it on the sailboat. It's already better. I'm on the bow watching the sun set. The guy across the way is...

Tomorrow morning 7:30 am splash

It has been nice living and remote working from Totonaka RV park this week, but I'm not really a hang out at the RV park kind of traveler so it's been a little difficult adjusting. Doing family law has been hugely beneficial to add structure and purpose to...

San Carlos, Son. Life

There are a lot of small, quirky, cool motorcycles here. The town is pretty small overall so a big bike doesn't really fit as well. I think I prefer the four wheelers because they can explore offroad, but then an Enduro would work well here. For now, I have...

Another day at the office

Remote office, that is. I'm settled in for the rest of the week and weekend here on the Aliner. Believe it or not, two smaller rigs are now parked beside me. A VW bus came yesterday on its way back north with a couple that had been in Southern Mexico for four...

RV Life

It is a brisk and beautiful morning. Just turned off the space heater to enjoy the birds outside as I drink my French press coffee in the stainless maker cousin Jodi bought me for the Bounder well over a decade ago. I spent yesterday walking from the RV on one...

The Aliner back in service

I was supposed to go on a sailing trip this week but they can't put Oz into the water until Friday, a week from now, due to low tides during the daytime. So I came up anyway until I can stay on the sailboat and I brought a little friend. It was surprisingly...

Oz after more plastic surgery and a final spa treatment

When I took the new prop out of the box I was struck by how big it looked, larger than expected. When we tried it out in Oz it looked surprisingly small compared to the mass of the sailboat. Manuel determined it looked to be the right size. When I look at this...

Varnishing the Rails and other things

The sailboat underwent waxing of the outside hulls, varnish inside and out, installation of a wind instrument and several new light fixtures inside and out, including two stainless and sealed underwater blue led lights added at the stern for evening enjoyment....

Cascade 36 Restoration, 2021

Ready for a sea trial cruise.

Almost completely refiit

If there is such a thing. Almost for now.

Caleb's Sailboat

I spent this morning and then a good part of this afternoon talking and mostly listening to my old sailing buddy, Caleb Smiley. Yes that's actually his last name. He was putting a new float in the carburetor in his' 69 Ford truck. He's wintering at the dock in...

Dusk/Evening in Mexico

As I walked from the hotel to the Captains Club, I captured this view of the Tetas.

Back to San Carlos

Arrived before dark with the sun going down behind the tetas. Snagged a room for a couple of nights at Hotel Marina Terra, kind of pricy but beats sleeping in my truck on this kind of windy, chilly night. Sailboat is on the hard awaiting a daytime low tide to...

The moments before launch

I love when it gets to this point, when the bottom paint is on and still shiny. This is when the imagination soars. Reality, on the other hand, prevails, and it says there isn't a low enough tide to put her in until at least Monday, and possibly later, meaning...

New Prop Delivered

Estimated 6 week from order to delivery, actual 10 weeks. 2.5 months waiting on this bad boy. Bigger and heavier than I expected. Solid and shiny brass alloy. Comes with a computer generated data sheet with the actual pitch measurements of each blade to the...

I think I may have hit something??

Not much, thankfully, but the parts that did ground on the uncharted rocks that morning got messed up pretty bad. It's an iron alloy keel. They will fix it like new. Several more projects, planned and unplanned, are underway on OZ. Refit number I don't even...

Details

This photo shows the placement of a recessed led 12 volt step light adjacent to the top step and entryway to OZ's lovely cabin. This particular detail also sheds light in defining the difference between necessary and... really? There's method in my madness...

Naturally

The heater on this side of the house just cycled on and off. Reminds me of the motorhome, but more reliable. I would typically be on OZ, but stayed home this time. It's been quiet. Still awaiting delivery of the prop. Took an afternoon trip to Nogales, Son. to...

The time between

Place has lost its meaning in this interconnected world. I used to work at the law office. Now I pretty much work outside the law office. It's possible and maybe better in some ways. For all of my life there was school/work and there was life and the assumed...

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,...