……most of the time, that is. This stop marks the end of our California travels. We pulled into town just as the huge block of cruisers with the Baja Ha Ha pulled out, so the cruising community seems kind of empty here. There are others around, gearing up for Mexico just as we are, but this place is big, and spread out. We haven’t met many of them yet. I hope we do run into others as we head down the Coast to Ensenada and beyond.
Yesterday was Veteran’s Day, and also happened to be our 5-month anniversary of cruising. What have we learned?
1.It gets easier (but doesn’t exactly qualify as the easiest way to travel.) Warm temperatures, blue skies, and sun help a lot.
pretty scene in Santa Barbara
2.John can fix almost anything. That said, remarkably little has needed attention. We had to put in a galvanic isolator, a brush on our shaft, and change out an old bilge pump to keep our prop zincs from disappearing at an alarming rate. The watermaker, yet to be used, needed servicing and a new valve. We put new, beefier oaklocks and oars on the Porta-Slappey (dinghy) We replaced a piece of one lifeline gate that was broken in a fit of pique while trying for that Avalon mooring ball. We do have some sea water coming in around our rudder post when we motor, but nothing the bilge pump can’t handle. That is the sum total of it on this leg thus far. Not bad.
3.There is a lot of down time in this life. Who knew I could like Robert B. Parker books? I’ve also played countless games of internet solitaire. When not taking half a day to provision, or playing tourist, or doing laundry, there is not much else to do. This should change when we get into Mexico, I would guess.
4. Pistol Shrimp! Google them, and prepare to be amazed. They have surrounded the boat since Los angeles, and can sound like either a loud, crackling fire, popcorn, or a malicious child on the dock with an endless supply of bubble wrap.
Here are some photos from the rest of our California journey. Next stop: Ensenada, and the West coast of the Baja Peninsula.
and more of Santa Barbara
scene from inside the beautiful Santa Barbara Courthouse
another Courthouse shot
many shades of blue in Santa Barbara
Outside the Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara
view from the excellent Getty Center, Los Angeles
and another view of the Getty Center
and yet another view; you can tell we particularly liked the Getty Center
the theater formerly known as Grauman’s Chinese…now with some completely forgettable corporate-sponsor name
Yes, even he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (plus, no one else in Hollywood that day would have known who he was!)
Gorgeous sunset over Marina del Rey, Los Angeles
Pretty Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island
the chimes over the harbor come from this clock on the hillside
view from the ridge top over Avalon
surprise sighting of little Catalina Island fox
harbor view from the ridge top
Slappey II, on his mooring ball in the middle
We had a nice little hike through town to the Wrigley Memorial, and the Botanical Gardens
Mary, with hat
the Wrigley Memorial, yes, he of chewing gum fame once owned Catalina Island
John, looking yonder…
Pretty tile work abounds
Mary walks the winding Casino Way
The Casino, where no actual gambling ever took place; only ballroom dancing and cinema, so we’re told.
most common form of transport here on the island
view from the boat of the cliff surrounding Dana Point, our next stop
Richard Henry Dana; I never read the book, and John didn’t think much of it, but Dana Pt. itself is very nice
Attractive development rings Dana Pt. Harbor
Oceanside: not particularly attractive, with loud and brash sea lion neighbors