Journey's Blog

Friday, November 28, 2014

Heading South

As we repack the boat, re check our spares, re-provision, download movies, and do laundry to get ready for the next big leg of our adventure, Baja, Mexico. We plan on leaving San Diego and will sail 70nm to Encenada where we will check into Mexico. We have been staying at the south end of San Diego Bay in Chula Vista. Although it is a bit out of town, we have had the good fortune of borrowing a car from dear friends (thank you Skeeter and John) which allowed us to accomplish more than we would have thought and in less time. We also shared Thanksgiving with Skeeter and family which was lovely to have a last "traditional" dinner for awhile.
We are buddy boating with a few other boats, sv The Red Thread out of Seattle and a few Canadian boats as well. We will sail 750nm down the Pacific Baja and tuck into the Sea of Cortez. We do not have a final "destination" as we will wander around in search of warm water and fun.
Journey continues to be an invaluable crew member. She not only manages boating chores but is often thinking of options when we are frustrated or is able to handle her parent's tense moments and come through laughing.
We have loved the trip down the West Coast, we have explored so many communities that we haven't been too and really liked. We enjoyed southern California more than we thought we would and have found that people have been so kind and generous towards us.
We are looking forward to the next part of our journey and will share stories as we can.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

1000+ Nautical Miles Done.

Hard to believe we left 3 months ago. It has been quite an adventure to this point. We thought we left "early" enough which we did, however, it has been a busy hurricane year on the west coast with resultant large swells and storms. We waited out weather in many areas, sometimes up to a week before we felt comfortable venturing out. Everyone has their own tolerance for what they may want to deal with ie. big seas and big winds. We also spent 6 weeks in Berkeley, where we hung out with family and explored the area.
We loved Monterey and we are really starting to enjoy getting used to lots of sunshine and warmth. We have been blessed with dolphins swimming with the boat on multiple occasions including the Rizzo dolphins which are white, large dolphins. I love hearing and seeing Journey yell and get excited when we see the dolphins swimming and jumping off our bow.
We rounded Pt. Conception which is known as the "Cape Horn" of California. For those of you who are not sailors this basically means be prepared for some serious shit! After this point, you are in Southern California. We started to psych ourselves out, but after analyzing weather 4 times a day from various resources, we chose our window to leave. We opted to go straight to Santa Barbara which would mean 36 hours at sea. We had a great first day sail, the night was beautiful and pulled into SB early evening. Pt Conception fortunately, uneventful-just the way we like it!
It was amazing to wake in the morning to Santa Ynez Mountains, tall palm trees and sugar sandy beaches.
We have been buddy boating with our friends on sv The Red Thread since San Francisco. It has been fun spending time with Jesse and Neil, voyage planning and exploring these areas together. I met Jesse through a FB group and then we met at the Seattle Boat Show. While our boat was getting worked on in Seattle, we were able to spend some time together. We all became fast friends and would bounce ideas off each other as we voyaged planned. We did not expect to see much of Jesse and Neil until Mexico as they were leaving later in the season due to work commitments.
As luck would have it, we got to welcome them to Berkeley, sailed to Monterey and now to Santa Barbara. Jesse has a great blog Our paths will part for a bit due to a loss in their family which is heartbreaking but we will reconnect at a later point.
Some of our other boat buddies are on the BaHaHaHA and on their way to Baja. We look forward to reconnecting with them too.
We are enjoying exploring, rented a car to drive up towards San Simeon and take in the Hearst Castle.