23 July 2013 | is More than the Cost of Cruising in Mexico!
10 July 2013 | Living Aboard in Port San Luis, CA
09 July 2013 | For the Love of Teak:For Sale by Owner
06 July 2013 | Did we Really do that?
30 June 2013 | Run to Ensenada
16 June 2013 | Nayarit and Jalisco
01 June 2013 | Admissions of an Accidential Prepper
29 May 2013 | Port San Luis
22 May 2013 | And I Won't Plead the 5th Ammendment!
10 May 2013 | How is it already May 10th
28 April 2013 | Adios Shore Power and Back to Anchor
19 April 2013 | Knowing what to look for.
16 April 2013 | April will be a long tiring month
04 April 2013 | With Water Maker and Now Cool Blue
02 April 2013 | While the Kids are doing Homework
01 April 2013 | April Fools!
Four Years Ago
19 August 2016
Four Years ago today we grabbed our Port San Luis, California mooring ball and ended our Four year Cruise of Mexico so the kids could attend normal High School. It's a decision that has worked out well, even if I have missed the Tacos. But, once you hit the mark of being back for longer than you were away it's time to start planning the next adventure before old man time claims another prisoner.
So, Jason starts his senior year of High School next week and the plans are being crafted for what we are calling Chapter 3. I can't give it all away yet (partly because we don't have it all figured out yet), but suffice it to say, I won't be needing a diesel heater soon and I see Tacos in my future. I also have that butterfly in my stomach feeling again...and I like it!
The Hairy Edge: Life Living Aboard
19 July 2016
Ok, so today I tested the limit and found the hairy edge...
The shower has been draining slow over the last few days and Lori kept asking me to clean it out. See on a boat, the shower water doesn't just magically disappear down the drain and off to the municipal swear plant. On a boat the shower drains into a small gallon sized sump box and in the box there is a "automatic" pump so that when the box gets full the shower water is pumped overboard. So two bad things can happen with this standard boat design, depending on where the clog forms.
1. The shower sump pump dies and before you know it the shower water flows into your bilge area, usually happening for a few days before you notice it, by either a bilge alarm going off or the smell coming from beneath the floor boards.
2. The drain and hair strainer at the entrance to the shower sump box plugs (remember hair + pump = bad). In this case the shower stall doesn't drain or it drains very slowly.
We were experiencing condition No 2, it was 915PM and the last thing I wanted to do was clean out the hair and scum trap, so I just told Lori Boren that the standing water in the bottom of the shower was like a Spa Treatment Pedicure for her feet calluses.
Well, out came the wet-dry-vac and the lines and hair trap screen are now cleaned and the shower is draining again. But for some reason despite the fact that we are both clean...Lori decided to sleep on the couch tonight...geeze. Living the Dream still has its falls down to earth.
Teak Removal Progress
31 May 2016
Hey....it's not as bad as it's made out to be...