Lemons Way

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

03 August 2020 | Home in Tucson
01 August 2020 | Almost 4 in the afternoon west of I-10
29 July 2020 | San Diego
28 July 2020 | Golden Beach, Coronado
27 July 2020 | San Diego
23 July 2020 | Marina Real, Sonora.
14 July 2020 | Coronado, CA
14 July 2020
14 July 2020
10 July 2020 | Tucson
09 July 2020 | Coronado
02 July 2020 | Coronado, California
02 July 2020 | Tucson summer heat
21 June 2020 | Our kitchen
08 June 2020 | Sabino Canyon, Tucson

Spa Day from the kids

03 August 2020 | Home in Tucson
Keith Singer | Hot, very hot
The children did my hands, feet, then my hair outside in the backyard. The nicest thing anyone has done for me in a while.

Hot drive with the kids back to Tucson

01 August 2020 | Almost 4 in the afternoon west of I-10
Keith Singer | So hot my hand was burning in the air outside the car window
A no crying no whining drive from San Diego to Tucson, with plenty of stops along the way for food, bathroom, and even a stop at NorthSails on the way out, where Eric unbagged Oz’s never used storm sail and approved its use as a staysail. New project #201.

Goodnight San Diego

29 July 2020 | San Diego
Keith Singer | Excellent
We had a good time and spent quality time together. Grateful.

Sunset sand play with a new friend

28 July 2020 | Golden Beach, Coronado
Keith Singer | Perfect summer weather
One of my favorite things is watching the kids lose themselves in play. This night they met a girl on the sand pile with a beautiful simple white dress that had colored bands and the three of them built a city.

My daughter’s sim pandemic family

27 July 2020 | San Diego
Keith Singer | Nice

By far the best donuts I’ve come across

27 July 2020 | San Diego
Keith Singer
$42 a dozen. Three of us ate 11 in one full day. And these are not your regular donuts. The boy ate the last one by himself the next day. No regrets.

Oz cleaned, looked after, and waiting out the pandemic

23 July 2020 | Marina Real, Sonora.
Keith Singer
So far the spring and summer opportunities to cruise and sail have been eliminated by the Covid 19 pandemic. It’s a relatively small harm compared to that suffered by so many around the world. Presently it is pouring rain at 10 in the morning and I am stuck across the street from the office under a Ramada so I don’t get soaked getting to my car. This doesn’t look like it’s going to end soon. You can see the Axium screen behind the wheel in its starboard box and the hard bottom dinghy deflated in its bag on the cabin top. I’m not optimistic about things opening in the Fall unless a vaccine is widely available by then. We were just at the point of venturing further in Oz. Now it is not allowed outside the Marina per Mexican government order.

14 July 2020 | Coronado, CA
Keith Singer | Nice

14 July 2020
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Covid-19

14 July 2020
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Walking the neighborhood

10 July 2020 | Tucson
Keith Singer | Hot but tolerable early morning and sundown
It’s been a long time since I walked the neighborhood regularly. It was when I had Golden Retrievers. Plenty of that earlier in my sailblog. Everything else is closed and I’m back to it.

Day trip to Bisbee for Interstate Jurisdictional case.

09 July 2020
Keith Singer | Warm and humid

4th of July Early Morning, 2020.

09 July 2020 | Coronado
Keith Singer | Nice weather

Amazing Huge Sailboat in San Diego Bay

03 July 2020
Keith Singer | Cool and comfortable
This photo was captured from the deck of my sister’s family’s motor cruiser, which was skippered by my nephew Brett, who appears as a boy much earlier in this sailblog. My sister’s family owns their boat with some other families. It is also extremely amazing.

The light between.

02 July 2020 | Coronado, California
Keith Singer | Good

Sailing school at Glorietta Bay

02 July 2020
Keith Singer | Cool and comfortable
View from my parents‘ home in California.

Kids’ Cooling System for Floatie Air Pump

02 July 2020 | Tucson summer heat
Keith Singer | Hot, very

Concert over the internet

21 June 2020 | Our kitchen
Keith Singer
Our incredible pandemic child care provider also happens to be an incredible musician. Last night we enjoyed another of her online concerts, direct from her yard. It was wonderful. Crazy times we live in.

A pretty flower I came across while hiking

20 June 2020
Keith Singer | Very hot but at least not humid
The desert in which I live blooms if we take the time to see.

Saguaro Cactus Flowers In full Bloom

08 June 2020 | Sabino Canyon, Tucson
Keith Singer | Hot and dry

WTF

06 June 2020
Keith Singer
I’m not sure I want to live in a place where the community attacks the courthouse.

Warm wet southern wind

02 June 2020 | San Carlos, Son.
Keith Singer | Hot and humid
I finally went back to Mexico to check on our home at Marina Real and to inspect work and pay workers. All of that was accomplished in good measure and no harm came of it that I am yet aware of. I was dehydrating on the last day and I woke in the middle of the night with a splitting headache. Thanks to the stock of Topo Chico on board I was able to finally get some minerals and electrolytes back into me. I should've known better. All sensible and capable mature adults drink mineral water when outside for long periods in Mexico in the summer. The winds were relatively calm and I could've gone sailing, I should've gone sailing, but I just didn't feel like doing it so I didn't.

Sunset docked at Marina Real, Sonora.

29 May 2020
Keith Singer | So, so nice at sunset

Raymarine Axium Installed and Programmed

29 May 2020 | Marina Real, San Carlos, Sonora, Mexico
Keith Singer | Clear, hot, and increasingly humid
Major refitting milestone achieved. This photo depicts the Raymarine Axium computer/monitor that networks with the Raymarine autopilot and Raymarine depth sounder. The components are digitally integrated and layered on the Axium touch screen computer with lighthouse 3.0 software. Doppler radar, GPS, Chartplotter, depth, and autopilot are shown on one screen, which is also transmitted by WiFi to my iPhone or iPad, allowing me to see and control the sailboat's navigation computer from anywhere on the boat. among other benefits, this lets me keep a multi layer radar And navigation alarm system running with display and control available while below deck. Amazing. I feel blessed and so lucky to have and experience this awesomeness.

Last night of family camping

25 May 2020
Keith Singer
An even rougher ride back. We considered just going home. One kid wanted to go another night so the other wanted to go home. Parents were indifferent at this point. We tried the KOA but i must've made the reservation elsewhere because they didn't have it. The place looked uninviting. We tried Picacho State Park and they had space with electric to hook up air conditioning as it was very hot. Took a couple of hours to cool down but finally did. Kids and Sarah played cards inside while i hiked around in the sun and heat and then read in my bed then made dinner for everyone then went to sleep. I might as well have been all by myself.

On the other side

24 May 2020
Keith Singer | Cool and comfortable in the shade
A short walk away. Our children whining and complaining just to get out of bed and continuing thereafter until they went to play in the creek with their mother. We walked to get coffee and bought the kids food, but they claim to hate everything before they try it these days, so Sarah and I had a few bites and threw the rest away or brought it home. Isn’t the scenery grand though.

Family Memorial Weekend Road Trip

24 May 2020
Keith Singer | Cool and comfortable
What a day. I hiked while Sarah packed. Then we finally got the trailer securely on the ball, went shopping while we purchased a new set of tires for the rig, then finally on the road after noon. Difficult and long ride, ending a long traffic jam and finally getting peed on. Made dinner to an Eagles concert in the Aliner by myself while serving lots of veggies and dip, enjoying the sun setting over the creek on my own with a good measure of San Francisco vodka on ice. Decent segmented sleep in my comfortable dinette bunk. The light in the morning was quite nice.

Things are happening.

19 May 2020
Keith Singer
These are newly minted replacement screens for all the portholes on Oz. Another significant refit milestone accomplished. It took years to come across this custom screen fabricator. On another project, my colleagues in San Carlos have sent me a list of the parts needed to connect the depth sounder to the main screen as well so that all the data From the instruments we have been slowly installing is integrated and transmittable via blue tooth signal to our handheld devices wherever we are on the sailboat. Systems for longer distance passages and adventures are slowly being acquired and integrated into this old boat.

Something good during a challenging time

17 May 2020 | Tucson
Keith Singer
I’ve been developing a new project over the last six months or so. Mariposa family services is a non profit charitable trust whose mission is to help victims of domestic violence. Thanks to Sarah, who did the magic of real proper tax status by the US government as a non profit entity. Kristen, the the anti-domestic violence warrior angel, is Director. For now it is operating out of my law office building. Those of you who know me well know that confronting DV has been a life long mission. A lot of my litigation practice has been focused on that area over the last 20 plus years. It is my aim to help develop an organization that will increase our effectiveness in combatting domestic violence for the vast majority of the community who do not otherwise have access to legal professionals. As such, we are adding security cameras to the building along with other active security countermeasures.

Chalk is actually not easy to find these days

23 April 2020 | Front driveway
Keith Singer | Perfect weather
Had to order it from Amazon and wait our turn for fulfillment. Not too shabby use of a precious national childhood resource. Blue the poodle golden mix, imposed on me by my family, just jumped from behind the couch and over onto me, attacking my face with licks. I am trying to get work done on the real Oz in Mexico, but this is kind of the heart of their epidemic now and i can't expect anything other than to offer work. Otherwise all i can do on the sailing front is order parts off the internet, which is possible here and now, thankfully.

Pandemic 2020

19 April 2020
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View from the top of Sabino Canyon

16 April 2020 | Sabino Canyon
Keith Singer | Nice
Finally had enough energy after walking up Sabino Canyon road some 3.7 miles from the remote parking lot to hike up the trail farther after the road ends. Kind of scary, until I came across this father and nine year old son who had just run up phone line trail and were about to run down the trail and road I would be walking down. A few moments later a woman ambled by, having hiked the phone line trail to arrive at the intersection at which I stood. There was a time when I had just returned from the sailing trip to the Bahamas and i was working out twice a day while living a semi-retired kind of life. I’m back.

Walking through the pandemic

15 April 2020 | Sabino Canyon, Tucson, AZ.
Keith Singer | Perfect
This has been the most peculiar time in a long time. Pandemic has hit the world, but not a catastrophic one, just bad, relatively. Not much to do and I feel in many ways like when I was a teenager even though I am a middle aged man. One good thing for my physical and mental health, I've been walking long distances.

One constant in my life over time

06 April 2020 | Work and home
Keith Singer | Really nice today, cool breeze and perfect temp.
I've had quite a bit of extra time on my hands of late since the family law courts are closed except for emergencies. Many businesses have had to close altogether but legal is considered essential. However, the public seem to have other things to worry about for now. I hiked all the way to the top of Sabino Canyon and back down yesterday morning. That's like 7.5 miles altogether. It's been a while since I did that. I remember hiking Sabino Canyon listening to audio recordings of Bar Review classes when I first moved back home before I started my law career in 1997 and 1998. I remember hiking here as a kid and taking the tram to the top on so many school, camp, and youth group events. I've ridden bikes to the top and back many, many times over the years. I ran into the canyon for a while when I was into that. So many times I've headed out in the morning and let my mind wander to sailing adventures. The best ones were first imagined at Sabino Canyon. I'm thankful they haven't closed it to the public due to the Covid-19 virus. We were supposed to go to Mexico this weekend for the Passover break. Cancelled. I'm hoping to make it down there before the end of May... It doesn't look promising at the moment.

Corona virus initial phase

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

Last chance to be on Oz before the border closed

25 March 2020
Keith Singer
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.
Keith Singer
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
Keith Singer
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
Keith Singer
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.
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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