12 December 2012 | NOW Back to Mexico
08 December 2012 | The Life of a Boat Gear Pusher
05 December 2012 | Only with a Dry Suit
02 December 2012 | All for a free sample?
30 November 2012 | Watching the Storm from the Land
28 November 2012 | Or is it Coming?
26 November 2012 | The Coming SE Wind and Swell
18 November 2012 | Knowing Now....what would we have done Different
16 November 2012 | THIS is the End of Civilization
15 November 2012 | Means another Perfect Day
11 November 2012 | Joy with Heat Illustrates a Life Change
09 November 2012 | From Cruiser to Float-A-Board
07 November 2012 | Can I just play this on a Loop?
04 November 2012 | Another Cold Water Reality Check
30 October 2012 | Schedule Kills
26 October 2012 | Good Thing we Watch the Weather Daily!
25 October 2012 | Live in Mexico Vs California
20 October 2012 | Is There a Difference?
19 October 2012 | Another 4 Days Away
18 October 2012 | Port San Luis
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...