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Posted on Monday Oct 31, 2005
Sherrell spent her birthday working on the boat in the yard. As you can see from the photo I kept her slaving away. We did celebrate her birthday with a group of friends. One group we met almost a year ago coming down the US Pacific Coast and the other group we recently met in
As I write this we are back in the anchorage. The wind is blowing like crazy, but it√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs good to be back in the water. We had to wash off about an inch of dust on the decks, and there seems to be grit everywhere. We√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęre all stocked up and ready for the long two legs down to
Posted on Saturday Oct 22, 2005
We got our boat loaded up on the yard√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs trailer and we√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęve already got the bottom cleaned and prepped for paint! Hopefully we√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęll be back in the water before Sherrell√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs birthday and we√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęll be good to go for another 2 years.
Posted on Monday Oct 17, 2005
Lots of people who left
We’re both really glad we stayed in
Our expected haul-out date is Oct. 21. We’re doing some routine maintenance and then back into the water. Hopefully we can get all our work done quickly so we can take off for
Posted on Thursday Oct 13, 2005
We left B of LA bound for
Anyway we’re here specifically to work. We have to get the boat out of the water and get busy. Our friends on Ocean Lady and
It’s been 5 months since we’ve had direct access to fresh water (meaning we don’t have to fill containers and haul them out to the anchored boat). There’s a fuel dock here where we can take the boat right up, park it and fill the tanks. It’s also been about 6 months since we’ve been able to wash the boat with fresh water, not to mention how long it’s been since we could take a real carefree showers where we can use more than a quarter of a gallon of water! Oh luxury!
Posted on Tuesday Oct 4, 2005
PHEW! Otis burned itself out and didn’t make it across Baja. We spent several days nervously listening to the SSB weather predictions, stripping the boat down and checking and rechecking our anchor gear. But we’d rather be ready for nothing than sitting on anchor getting pasted by a storm!
Another goodie is out there brewing. Hopefully it won’t come our way. We’ll be in town preparing for the crossing to San Carlos in the next week or so!
Posted on Friday Sep 30, 2005
Otis is going to give us trouble one way or another. It’s going to be here around Monday. Hopefully it follows its predicted path and travels up the outside of the Baja before crossing over to us. If it does this, it will loose power down to a Tropical Storm and we’ll expect to see torrential rains and 40-50 knot winds. If we get lucky and it turns out to sea (doubtful) then it will be just another day in paradise. Either way, we’ll be out of touch until later next week. You can watch the action from the safety of your home:
Look for OTIS in the Eastern Pacific.
Posted on Thursday Sep 29, 2005
Well, Otis could be coming our way in the next few days. It’s not expected to get much bigger than a category 1, and the current models show it going on the outside of Baja, then curving inland towards Bay of LA. However if it follows this track, it will be killed by the land before reaching us. The problem is the center of the storm is difficult to find due to the convection around it and it is moving slowly, both of those things make the models unpredictable. Keep your fingers crossed that Otis turns out west and burns out.
The other strange thing is that a week ago almost half of the boats up here decided to head back south. Hurricane season is just getting dangerous this time of year because they start to “recurve” and head towards
Posted on Wednesday Sep 21, 2005
Traveling down the outside of Isla Angel de la Guardia was a bit of a bust in terms of sailing, but the scenery made up for it. We had to motor down the entire outside stretch, often against some strong current of 3 to 4 knots. On the way up we sailed like crazy in 20 to 30 knots of wind, so I guess we had to pay the price on the return trip.
Anyway, it was great to come back to town and pick up some ice and cold cokes. Oh, and we found 3 Dr. Peppers in one of the lockers! Wow! You can√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęt find Dr. P anywhere and we discovered them in
Posted on Wednesday Sep 21, 2005
Well, the vet, Manuel, in Santa Rosalia did too good of a job with bringing Jezebel back from near death. She’s acting like a kitten again and playing all the time. We’ve been cutting her hair about every 3 to 4 weeks which keeps her cool and keeps the hair balls away. She hasn’t been sick once since the surgery, which is a dramatic change for the better!
She looks quite different with a #2 clipper buzzcut. In fact she doesn’t recognize her own tail. And after 14 years of having it attached to her butt you’d think she’d recognize it. But a buzzcut quickly changed that. Now she thinks there’s some strange creature attached to her butt, and boy is it fast and sneaky! She’ll chase it in circles trying to catch that bugger, only to have it disappear. She’ll search the cushions, the blankets, and then look relieved that it is gone. But then she’ll turn around to leave and BAM! There’s the beast again and the chase starts all over.
It’s nice she’s found a toy that we don’t have to pickup and we don’t have to play with her. Built in entertainment! And oh, it’s damn funny for us too.
Posted on Monday Sep 19, 2005
What happens when you anchor near an island and a beach where lots of birds roost? Guano happens! And Estanque (√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??ess-STAHN-kay√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨¬Ě) stunk. What√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√Ę‚??¬Ęs worse is the little noseeum bugs who live off the birds, attacked us with a vengeance that is unbelievable. The rocks on the beach were its redeeming quality. They were tumbled round and shiny by the years of waves and the colors ran the full rainbow.
But the bugs, and the call of ice cold margaritas forced us out of the anchorage a day later. The hurricane √?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨√?‚??Max√?¬Ę√Ę‚??¬¨¬Ě increased the humidity to about 80% and we felt like we were in a sauna, so after a week of so of warm drinks, we longed for the bar in town. Max is behaving himself and heading out to sea right now, but he brought a sudden change in our weather. We were just starting to cool off as September wound down when Max came along and screwed all that up. Hopefully Max continues his current path and the new one brewing off