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Posted by sunnyside-adventure on August 5, 2009 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (0)

1/2018 Back in Oak Harbor, WA and Sunnyside is for sale here in WA.   Our Cruising Days are over.   We plan to power boat around Puget sound going forward when Sunnyside has a new Captain. 



02AUG2016 - Sorry about not keeping up to date, but the site had issues for a while and I got out of sync.   Anyway, after 8 years cruising we brought the boat back to the NW and hope to check out Canada and SE Alaska next summer.   Right now we are doing some long needed maintance to the boat you just can not d when you live on the boat.

28 FEB2014 - It is my birthday today and I am very happy to be in Ensenada.  the past weeks have been wonderful.  No airconditioning required, cool enough to sleep, but still in shorts all day.   Marina Coral put in a Marina Bar and Grill since we were last here.   It is amazingly good.   Because we are residents here we have a discount card that provides us with a 20% discount at most places here at the hotel and marina.  Pat and I are not sure why we left.  Even though we had a great time in the Sea, Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta, this feels like home.

13FEB2014 - We made it to Ensenada.  It is cooler here in fact we need a jacket.   Big change over Puerto Vallarta a few weeks ago.

10FEB2014 - We are presently driving up the Baja Coast and are on Anchor at Bahai Tortuga.   This is our last stop before returning to Ensenada.   Pat promised me 5 years of Cruising, never really liking the sea time, but loving the places we wer at and the people in Mexico   Now after 6 years we may only do short trips out if Ensenada as a change of pace, but we will have a condo in Mexico with a water view.

24JAN2014 - We moved over to Paradise Village on the 13th so I could get ready to teach the two seminars at the Vallarta Yacht Club.   The seminars are for the Pacific Puddle Jumpers, the boats headed for the South Pacific, and went well.   Lots of people with lots of questions.  We plan to move back to La Cruz on Monday.  If the weather is OK we will head back to Mazatlan on Tuesday..   We will pick up our good friend Ron and plan to head to Ensenada the following Monday.   As they call it the Baja Bash as we will be heading into the wind and waves all the way from Cabo to Ensenada.

01JAN2014 - Philos was all we expected and more.  We had great ribs and chicken for dinner and listen to Philos group.  We even danced a bit then headed back to the boat to celibrate the new year on our boat.   We were talking about all the fun we had and missed midnight.

31 DEC2013  - More rain, but mostly sprikles.   Headed to Philos for New Year's Eve.

30 DEC2013 - Arrived in La Cruz about noon.   Was a long night.  We hit rain squal after rain squal starting about 8PM thoughout the night.  The squals started small on the radar like little islands.  Then they greq very large and took many shapes.   At one point, the radar looked like a big camel was about to eat our boat.  The formation changed and began to look like our new poodle.  We assumed the poodle was licking us as that is what poodles do.  Maybe camels do as well.   Anyway, eventually the animal shapes went away and the entire radar was filled with rain with only a few holes.

29DEC2013 - Got underway from Mazatlan for La Cruz to experience New Year's Eve at the famous Philos.

12DEC2014 - Well November slipped by.  We arrived at the boat on the first of November.   The boat was in the water last summer and she liked it.  It did not take to long to get her ready for sea,  Me on the other hand had hand surgery the week before we left the states.   It is just now starting to feel like my right hand works again.  We had planned on spending Christmas in Mazatlan, but only after a trip to the Sea of Cortez.   The hand surgery has resulted in a long stay here.  However this is our favorite place in Mexico.   So not all is bad.   We will sail to Puerto Vallarta at the end of the month or next year....  Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

30September2013  Heading south again next month.  Looking forward to it.

Interesting times. I do not know about others, but our representatives are not representatives. I sent a note to our Senators and Representative about what I believe to be Fraud Waste and Abuse of the system of the Navy Exchange. Where it was intended to help the military survive on the pay they get. All profits were to be turned over to the Military Welfare and Rec group to help support activities for the our military. The Exchange has become a big time business and seems to have made every effort possible to make sure there are no profits. As an example the Navy Exchange here on Whidbey Island is in a WWII Seaplane hangar. Originally it looked a bit like Wall-Mart inside. The Exchange remodeled it and now it looks like Macy inside and a WWII hangar on the outside. As I understand they now provide bonuses to managers to make a profit, but the profit is disappearing. After all this was told to my Rep Mr. Rick Larsen, the first line represents the entire email.

"Thank you for contacting me about the ongoing civil war in Syria. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue. etc."

Clearly a canned response because I checked military on his subject line. If I would have had an employee that responded this way when I was working, he would have been looking for a new job. Wait, this person does work for me, not!



30APR2013 - Returned to our home in WA for the hot summer time in Mexico.  We left the boat in Mazatlan this year with Tony's Boat Managemebt watching over her.

03FEB2013 - Wow another month has passed.  We moved back to Paradise Village after 7 days.   We need to re-new our Visas here in Mexico and it is a bit over a month process.   We were suposed to get fingerprinted tomorrow, but it is a Mexican Federal Holiday.  So that will add a day to the process.  

Last Monday I did a seminar for the Puddle Jumpers (folks headed for the South Pacific),  Icom IC M802 Made Simple for Cruisers (an HF SSB radio).   We had about 40 cruisers attend and ever since then I have been checking radios.   I have a Radar Made Simple for Cruisers on Monday and the following Monday I will be doing a General Communications Made Simple for Cruisers.

Pat has found a Yoga class she attends most days.  It is at the hotel here at Paradise Village.   She will be so fit when we leave here and head north.   She is also helping me with the first draft of my new book.  A second set of eyes looking for those places where my fingers were not typing as fast as my brain was spitting out ideas is always good.  Just to keeo things in prospective, I am a slow typer.  

13JAN2013 - It has been a busy few days.  Friday was our night at the great Philos where cruisers in La Paz usually end up a few times for the great music and OK food.

On Saturday evening it was a taste of La Cruz for us.  Great food and music most of the night again.

Not to be outdone, the Sunday morning Market in La Cruz is a another great place to dine and enjoy Mexico.  Good food, good stuff to bring home.  We bought amoung other things a Kilo of Mai Mai, and 0.6 Kilos of fresh Tuna.  We had the tuna for dinner and it does not get much better than that, except for the fresh bread we brought home to eat with dinner.   If you do not know what a Kilo is it is about 2.2 poinds.  We paid $7.90 for the Kilo of Mai Mai and about $6 for the 1.3 puonds of fresh tuna.

10JAN2013 - We moved to the Marina in La Cruz to get a chance to discover why people say La Cruz is the best.  

03JAN2013 - We have done some sight seein in Puerto Vallarta. See photos.  We also went to a condo presentation.  Very stressful but we did not buy,   We brought in the New Year at the Vallarta Yacht Club.  For a change, we were actually awake for the new year.  Great food, good music and dancing plus the fireworks and midnight made the evening a real success.  

It rained all day on the 1st and was a bit coudy yesterday, but it is in the upper 70s and lower 80s so all is good.   Back to good weather today or tomorrow.   So pool here we come.

28DEC2012 - Christmas in Puerto Vallarta was great.  We walked the beach a while and then went to a fine dinner with our God-son and his girl friend.   It had been a long time since we had seen Bill and Sandy and they both look better than ever having spent a lot of time here in Puerto Vallarta.  

The pools however are jammed with those torist folks.  So we have not tried them out yet.  We are hoping that it will get a lot quieter after January 1.

23DEC2012 - We arrived in Puerto Vallarta on Friday at about 0800.   We were all checked in to Paridise Village Marina by noon.   The trip from La Paz was great.  The first day was rough, 25-30 knots of wind with high seas.   We decided since the forecast was almost no wind to go to Los Cabos and top off the fuel.   Los Cabos was the first time I have felt ripped off in Mexico.   THe two Cabo marinas are very expensive and at Los Cabos they do not even have good water.   WIll not be back.

The best new of the trip was John.  He was thinking about buying an Irwin 43 like ours.   He aske a few questions and long story short, he jumpped on a plane and traveled from New Hampshire to La Paz Mexico to make the trip with us.   John is a great person and a great crew member.   In spite of the distance, Pat and I feel we have a new lifetime friend.    If anyone needs crew for a trip.   The best answer is John.

The first day we sailed then the wind dropped to single digits.   We motor sailed most of the rest of the way.  

Paradise Village Marina is as advertised, Paridise.   I plan to help with the Ham test and teach a few classes for the Puddle Jumpers.   Have some boat repairs to do, but then it will be off to the pool for fun in the sun.


19DEC2012 - Headding out today for PV.  This will be a two day trip so more on this when we arrive.   We will be updating our position via HF SSB radio tomorrow morning which should put us about half way to PV.   Those that receive SPOT Messages from us will get them at the usual 6AM and 6PM.

18DEC2012 - Our morning started at 1:30AM to head to Loa Cabo Marina for fuel.  It was an easy day with only a few residual waves.   We decided to spend the night and head out for Puerto Vallarta in the morning after a few Margaritas, dinner and a shower.

17DEC2012 - The teak on the boat was re-done this past week and now we will head for Puerto Vallarta today.  Had rough day at sea.  25+ knot winds and seas washing over the boat.   Stopped at Los Muertos for the evening.

25NOV2012 - We made it to La Paz on Thanksgiving afternoon.  Missed out on the cruisers feed, but had a great meal at a Mexican resturaunt here in the marina.  (Special for the day was a turkey dinner with all th fixings, desert and a nice glass of wine for about $12.50 US.) 

It is good to be in port again.  We needed a few items for repairs and also some fresh vegatables after leaving San Carlos about three weeks.   However the three weeks at anchor at the places we stopped were great. 

We plan to stay here for a few weeks and then on to Puerto Vallarta.

05NOV2012 - The new frig is working out great.   We lost poer a couple of time here in the marina and the lights on the frig did not even flash.  Automatic transfer with no interuption. 

We are making plans to cross to the Baja tomorrow night.  If all goes well we will be underway by 1730, right at dusk.  It is a about 12 hours to the other side and good to arrive in the daytime.

31OCT2012 - Moved back onto the boat yesterday and slept like a baby last night.  Amazing how that works so well to sleep on the boat.   The week prior was very busy as we made several repairs to the boat as well as installed a new stainless steel 2 drawer frig and deep freeze.   The install was not easy as is most installations on a boat.   Nothing is square and nothing fits prerfect.   The only issue we have now before getting underway is that the chart plotter is broken or the charts are bad.  I am hoping for the charts.

20OCT2012 - Should be back to the boat by early afternoon.  It will be a big change going from rainy 50s to sunny weather with high 80s and low 90s temperatures.   Oh well someone has to do it. 

01OCT2012 - About that time agian when we head back to Mexico for the winter.  I think I liked it best when we just lived down there, but the Admiral is happyer now with a house, guardan and change to what we are doing.   Plan to head south to at least PV this year.

11AUG2012 - Today we are in Everett, WA and attending the Pacific NW Cruisers party that use to be the Lats and Atts party before Bob and Jody got slimed.   It is also Pats Birthday today so we will have to do something special today besides what is already planned.  I am starting to have boat withdrawal though. it has been over two months since we stood on the decks of Sunnyside.   She is receiving some tender loving care in San Carlos though as she gets her blue stipes and hardtop re-painted.

09JUL2012 - It is so hard to reme US to picko thember to log in and tell everyone how things are going.   We went up to Loreto Fest and I gave 3 presentations.  Icom, Radar and Communications.

After that we stopped into  Bahea Concepsion to see Geary the best weatherman in the Sea of Cortez.  Then on to Santa Rosalia for a few days.   We crossed to San Carlos early as the weather did not look good for our planned crossing.   And it was not. time in San Carlos an metd spent some quality time with some very good friends we met on the way down the coast and some we met our first day in Mexico.   What a treat.

In June we headed to pick up parts for the return to Mexico.  Our trip started with a small Mexican Airline.   A single engine plane with one pilot and a passanger in the Co-pilot seat.  We Made it though.

Next we spent a night in Los Cabos, the most expensive place in Mexico.  We enjoyed the evening though, at a price.

Next day we flew back to Seattle and on to our home. 

We  have a big list to take back.   When the boat is ready we will, we will head south to PV and maybe beyond.

16 APR2012 - I did two training sessions at Bay Fest yesterday.  Communications made simple for crusiers and the Icom IC M802 made simple for cruisers.  There were over 30 crusiers at both training sessions.  Allenda books of La Paz was there with copies of my books and sold 12 of my books as well as a few copies of the Sea of Corteze crusing guide.  Pat has a cap that will be replaced on WED so guess we are here till THUR. 

4APR2012 - Back in La Paz at Costa Baja.  We are in the outer harbor this time with the big boats.  Clearly a different world than the iner-harbor.  We will stay till after Bay Fest and then go into the Sea of Cortez.

3APR2012 - Murtose is a great place.  We decided to stay for a second noght to make sure we could talke a few pictures.  Great resturaunt there also with good protection from the NW wind..

1APR2012 - Finally time to leave Mazatlan and head back to La Paz for Bay Fest.  We will leave as ealy as possible and only go to Murtose where we can make it by early afternoon tomorrow.

17FEB2012 - Pat and I attended a fund raiser for the Salvation Army orphanage here in Mazatlan. US and Canadian Cruisers and RV folks in Mazatlan all band together to help support this very worthy organization. See pictures and videos we just added of the kids dancing.

1FEB2012 - Well January in Mazatlan was great. The weather was cool this year, but much warmer than the freezing levels in the NW. About mid-month some friends from La Paz came over and we got to be great friends. Martin and Alexa are from Switzerland and plan to cross the Atlantic. I was able to help them get their ICOM IC M802 programmed and tested to make sure they have communications. We will miss them and wish them a safe voyage.

On the home front, we moved the boat yesterday to a new slip. Looks it will be welded to the pier here until April when we plan to head back to La Paz for Bay Fest celebration. I plan to help with a Ham test and do two training classes at Bay Fest, so have go. If not I think Pat would stay here until time to head back to the NW.

8JAN2012 - We went out to dinner in town last night with some great friends, Ron and Katholeen.  After dinner we went dancing at a cowboy bar.   Wow what a great place.   A few things happened at the cowboy bar that were amazing.

    1.  It seemed as though all the people in the bar were from Canada.

    2. The great singer made some comments about how safe it really is in Mazatlan and implied how funny it is that many Americans do not come down any more. 

   3.  As we were leaving, a Canadian stopped us and said how nice it was to see Americans come into a fun place and not start complianing, but really having a good time.  That was an eye opener in some ways.   I know many Americans go to other countries and behave less than honorably.   I did not realize the Canadians even noticed.

   4.  When the Canadian found out we were on our boat he asked me an interesting question.  "Do you think the GPS system has allowed people to go long distance boating that have no qualifications to be boating and should not be out there."   The answer is clearly yes!   We se it all the time.   People that maybe took a 2 week sailing class and head out to cruise the world.    They are always hanging on to other cruisers coat tails.    Actually that was the driving source for my writting "Cruising Starting from Scratch".   An extensive book on cruising that hardly mensions sailing skills.....

4JAN2012 - Because Pat was so exited to be here in this wonderful place I asked her if she wanted to stay a month now instead of the planned 7 days.  She replied "Oh I can not see everything in a month".   So now we are planning to stay here at leaast 90 days.   I guess PV is next yeat.

2Jan2012 - Happy New year.   Our trip was great.   After the first day we sailed most of the way to Mazatlan with ony a couple of brief periods we had to motor sail as the wind dipped down to under 5 knots.

We pulled into Mazatlan's Marina ElCid which is a resort complex with 3 pools gigantic hot tub and bar in pool.   Never seen a place this great before.   Many folks come here for an all inclusive vacation.   In our case we get a 20% discount on all food and beverages just for staying here.   We also get to use all the amendities here.

We palanned on staying here a week, but that may be extended as there is so much here.   Maybe PV next year.

31DEC2011 - Headed out for Mazatlan on the mainland of mexico.  The trip will take 2 days and nights.   So our Happy New Year will be in the middle of the Sea of Cortez on watch steaming along on the engine as no wind tonight.

20DEC2011 - Only 5 more shoping days to Christmas and we are still in La Paz Mexico.  My Passport should be in this week so we are planning to get underway after the 1st of January for Main Land Mexico and eventually in to Peurto Vallarta.   Frends and Family please go to the "Where Are We" page and check out our 2011 Christmas card for you..

09DEC2011 - Got word today my new Passport is in TJ and should be in Cobo next week.   I loe it when things work and are on time.  They said 4 weeks and it looks like about 4 weeks.  

The weather has cooled off now and it would have been more fun in PV as we had planned for Christmas until the passport thing beared it's ugley head.  La Paz is still wonderful though and we have been busy.  Tomorrow I will be helping give Ham tests so maybe some new Hams in the Mexicon gringo population tomorrow.

13NOV2011 - Well we madfe it back to La Paz after stops in Aqua Verda and Isla San Fransisco, to wonderful places to stop.   We will probablly be here till after the first of the new year.   We planned on staying at Costa Baja again, but they are about $400 more a month than Marina Palmira.   While that was OK last year, this year they have starded charging $20 per day per person to use the pools.  So the extra $400 does not buy much of anything.   We actually like it here better.  At Costa Baja, there were never many cruisers.  Here therre are people to talk to and learn from,

01NOV2011 - The boat is back n the water and we are preparing to get underway on Friday Morning for some place.  Not sure where...  But it is warm and sunny here and the old bones stopped hurting...

26OCT2011 - Finally back in Mexico getting Sunnyside ready to go into the water.  Suppose to go in on 28th if wind is not as high as it has been, but Murphy's law will probably prevail.

July 31 - In case you are checking the site out, I have not posted anything for a while.  We had some repairs that needed to be completed on the boat and left it on the hard in Puerto Escondido, BCS MX.   We decided after 3 years on the boat we needed some time on land to fix up the house a bit and see if we could still walk on land.   Turns out it is a lot cooler in WA so maybe that was a mistake...  We will head back to the boat in October.

May 8 - We finally got underway from La Paz.  It may take a while to upload all the pictures from the islands and ports we stopped at.   It is finally clear why people come to the Baja.

We visited Isla Espiritu Santo at the south end, Bahia San Gabriel, and the north end, Caleta Partido.  At Bahia San Gabriel, we found out about the famous Cromwel winds out of La Paz.   The Dinghy was down as well as the swim platform and ladder.   We broke the swim platform, lost the ladder and pocked a hole in the dinghy.  We dicided to move north the next day.

We liked Caleta Partido.  It was the second place we stopped and much better than the first.   Pictures have been posted of both locations.

Next we ventured up past the Seal Island and on to Isla San Fransisco.   Things just keep getting better.   This is a crecent shaped bay with sandy beach 80% around the crecent.   The water is very clean and it is a vey nice place.   

We ventured on up to a baja port next.  Bahia San Evaristo.   I nice littel fishing comunity.   We stayed there several days then went back to Isal San Fransisco for a night and then returned to La Paz.  I needed to pick up my Mexican Ham License in La Paz and also got drafted to help give the Ham test prior to Bay fest.

We got back underway a week later and that is right, back to San Fransisco.   This time we had a lot of wind and it was not much fun.   We stayed a day and returned to San Evaristo.   SInce there was a strong northly wind we hunkered down here for a few days.

Next we headed north some more to a small port in the Baja coast Puerto Los Gatos.   Was an amazing place.  The red rocks and crystal clear water made us want to hang our, but there is little protection form the projected NW wind.   So on to Auqua Verda.

With out a doubt, Aqua Verda is ourr favorit place for 2010,2011 winter cruise.  The water is clear and warm and it is well protected from winds of all directions.   There is fishing community there.   We bought some fresh vegtables, went to church, bought some goat cheeze and swam a lot.  The water weas so clean, I dove the boat and cleaned the bottom.  Really needed it too.

Finally it was getting close to Loreto Fest in Puerto Escondido so we had to leave Augua Verda.  It was a short ride north, but my cutless bearing started screeming like a loos belt halph way there.   We had planned to continue on after Loreto Fest and go to San Carlos, with sevarla stops.  Now we needed to come out of the water and fix the bearing.   The yard needed to order the bearing and who knows how long that will take.   So we put Sunnyside on the hard (Land) secured her for the summer, and will be taking the bus from Loreto tomorrow to TJ.  We get in to TJ at about 5AM.  A taxi to the boarder and then a taxi on the US side to our car in Chula Vista.

All in all, it has been fun, but I am already looking forward to next fall when we plan to go down the mainland side of the Sea of Cortez.

Mar 01 - Another month has gone by and yesterday was my birthday.   Wow the years keep slipping by, but we are havving fun in Mexico in spite of the added age pains.

I added some new photos.  We have finally been able to go out in the Sea of Cortes a couple of times.  Pat is doing great and we are planning to head out of La Paz next month for the year.  We will head north and eventually put the boat on the hard (land).

We have started a breakfast for cruisers on Wed morninngs and a happy our on Tue afternoons at 5.   Our attendance runs between 6 and 30+ at both events depending on who is in and what else is going on.   Something going on every day and night in La PAz.

The pictures include some amazing sunsets so take a look.

If you have not noticed, I am proud to say I now have 3 books for cruisers for sale at Amazon now. http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=T+L+Sparks+CDR&x=12&y=21

Feb 14 - Happy Valentine’s Day. 8)  We are still in La Paz awaiting the Admirals total recovery. Pat is back in two shoes with elastic bands around both ankles. The Doc just said the bad ankle, but we decided she would favor the bad one and stress the good one. We do not need another 4 months in La Paz for the other ankle. Looks like we will be able to get underway around mid March!! Too late to head south so we thought we would island hp for a while and work our way north as things heat up here in Mexico.


 

Tonight is the Club Curceros (the gringo cruisers in La Paz club) Valentine party. 120 pesos for a fine dinner at a beach front Italian restaurant. There will be music and dancing, but I figure we will be limited to toe tapping this year.

 


Carnival will be just before Ash Wed. here in La Paz and should be a fun time. May be able to dance instead of toe tap by then!

 


Dec 19 - After several years and lots of hard work my book in the 2nd edition is now available on Amazon.com The book is focused on people that are coming up to retirement and want to live the dream as we are, sailing off into the sunset.


The book has been re-organized and the new technology for sailors has been added in the 2nd edition. To get a copy, go to the "Home" page and click on the link to Amazon.com. The files to support the book have been added to the "Training for Sailors" page to make it easy for folks to retrieve. The 1st edition was available on CD only which in my opinion makes it less useful to sailors. The printed version is much easier to use and learn what you need to know to go sailing.

 


Nov 28 - The annual Paellas contest was held here in La Paz. Another big event for La Paz! We added some pictures of the contest. This was a great deal. 200 pesos per person (~$16 US) for that there was free appetizers, free wine at some booths and all the Paellas you can eat from all the booths. If you have never had it before it is yellow rice with fish, crab, shrimp, scallops, clams, mussels, peppers, peas and in some cases lobster, sausage; sausage, chicken, and even rabbit. I was only able to eat from 4 booths, but I am sure if I could have eat more it would have all been good. Oh ya! The money we paid goes to charity and they had lots of door prizes. I did not win one though.


 

Nov 25 - Thanksgiving dinner at Marina Palmeri La Paz Mexico was a great time for all. The new spot on the web site shows the 260 fellow cruisers here in La Paz having a great turkey day.

 


Pat is doing good also. The surgery cuts are almost healed up and next week we will be doing the informative X-Rays to see how it is really doing. Hopefully she will be able to walk on it soon.

 


Nov 12 - Pat has had her stitches out now and doing well. Just stuck with her leg in the air for a while longer. Next week she should be able to swim at the pool which will make life better for her. I on the other hand have to push her tail over to the pool in her new wheel chair. Actually glad to do it. Not a good thing to sit on the boat all day every day for 6 months while it all heels.

The marina is very nice here. Check out the pictures.

 


OCT 30 Pat had surgery last night and the doctor installed a plate with six screws and two additional screws to hold another bone together. She will be on crunches for the next six months so I guess the island hopping we had planned will turn into a long stay at Costa Baja. Costa Baja cut us a very special price given the situation. Medical in Mexico is amazing. The total cost of the hospital was a little under $400 and the doctor was about $2000. Isabel yelled at the doctor for charging us so much, but the doctor said that was the Mexican price. The Gringo price was more like $3000. Petra said the US price for the same procedure was over $25,000. If we had been willing to wait for 2 weeks to get the surgery it would have been free with our Mexican Health Insurance.

 


OCT 27 2010 - Bobby and I pulled into Costa Baja at 0729, just 7 days almost to the minute of departing Marina Coral in Ensenada. We had followed Pat and Petra's travels via Ham radio phone relays and patches. The last communications indicated that they were both safe in a hotel near the hospital awaiting surgery. Isabel had helped them every step of the way.

 


OCT 23 While getting into a Ponga to go ashore, Pat broke her ankle. We took her to the local hospital and they believed she needed a trauma center as there were 3 breaks. A local lady, Isabel, who spoke perfect English, came and helped us. Pat and Petra, a nurse, left via van for the next town to meet an ambulance to go to Santa Rosalia. They would spend the night there and head to La Paz via ambulance the next day. Bobby and I got underway for La Paz on Sunnyside within an hour of their departure.

 


OCT 22 We made it to Turtle Bay to fuel and rest up.

 


OCT 20 0730 We are finally underway for La Paz Mexico with our good friends Bobby and Petra.

 


Jan 29, 2010 Pat takes gifts to Orfanato "El Faro" Valle de Gualdalupe (El Faro Orphanage) with the Hotel Coral.  Cruisers supported gifts for 6 of the orphant girls.

 

December 6, 2009 - This has been a busy week.  On Thursday I was asked to judge a contest at CETY private High School here in Ensenada.  The class was split and 1/2 were pro Globalization and 1/2 were against.  They wrote songs and acted out parts to display their fellings for Globalization.  Truly a great experience.

 

On Saturday we recieved a picture of us at the first English Mass in a little church near the Hotel Coral we attend.

 

Saturday evening we attended Expo Coral & Marina - Arte Contemporaneo "Salon de Invierno 2009"  An art show at the hotel with donations to go to a childrens fund.  The show was sponsored by the Ensenada Mayor's wife who we spoke with and had our pictures taken with.  Pat also has selected some new dinner ware and purchased a picture from one of the artists.


November 19, 2009 -  I flew to San Jose Del Cobo to help another Navy Mustang Officer bring his boat, s/v Chrysalis to Ensenada.  We spent 6 days and 5 nights on the ocean with only the first night as very challenging where a crusie ship tried to come up our 6.   The rest of the trip was great to be off shore 50 miles where the air is clean and the sea it forever.

November 2009 - Pat takes sailing lessons.  See pictures in album.

August 5, 2009 - We are at Hotel Coral in Ensenada. It was a quiet and easy ride to Ensenada last Saturday/Sunday. It is like Paradise here at the Hotel Coral.  A few new pictures with many more to follow.

August 1, 2009 - We are finally headed to Mexico tonight at 1700, 5PM. It has been a long stay here in Chula Vista, but Pat's arm is finally at 95% and time to move on.

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Posted by sunnyside-adventure on January 17, 2009 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (0)

April 16, 2009 - Pat's doctor appointment went very well.  The Bone is healing and it looks like she is going to have full use of the arm at probablly 95% of before she broke it 10 years ago and 150% of where it was when we started the trip.  This has been a good stay.  The Navy doctor, Dr. Carney, really knows his job.  She will be realeased by the doctor in 6 weeks.  We still plan to get underway in August, but plan to go visit the kids in June with prep for travels in July.

Jan 17, 2009 - On December 7th we moved the boat to Chula Vista as a marina that we can sit at until Pat is all well.  This week she finished antibiotics and has no detectable infection.  She is presently scheduled for surgery on Feb 9th.  The surgery is kind of major in that it will remove an antibiotic strip, do a bone graft, and install a metal plate the length of her arm.  Supose to take about 4 hours.  After that she can start using the arm within a week.

Nov 5 - We had planned to get underway for Mexico today.  Boat is loaded and my good friend Len was flying in.  A couple of days ago Pat had a test to check on swelling in her arm and yesterday afternoon the results came back.  She has to stick around and see a specialist as soon as possible.  So we are on hold for a bit.

New "Call of the Sea" article in the Priest River Times:

http://www.priestrivertimes.com/articles/2008/10/23/editorials/edit01.txt

Oct 20 - We moved the boat to the San Diego Navy Marina in South Bay San Diego.  We plan to do our preparation for the Mexico part of our trip and will be here for at least two weeks.

Oct 19 - We planned on staying at the Oceanside YC, but a boat from London was there and parked in the middle of the dock leaving only about 30 feet for our 45 foot boat.  We tried to raise them to no avail and ended up at the public dock for $38 instead of free.  Oh well.  Win some loose some. 

Oct 18 - This has been a great stay here.  The YC has great food and drink at a very reasonable price.  We walked into town a couple of times and up to West Marine once for spare parts.  It is not to far, but the hill here is a killer.  We plan to get underway tomorrow morning and head for Oceanside YC.  They do not take reservations, so we are hoping to get a place to stay for the night.  Only about 20 miles so should be a short day.

Oct 16 - We moved to Dana Point on the 12th.  The YC here Dana West YC, gave us 3 days free then $0.50/foot after that for up to a week.  Since we have not stayed any place for more than two days for quite a while, we decided to do the week.

A couple of days ago I changed the oil.  Yesterday I topped off the battery water and dove on the boat to clean the bottom and replace the zincs.  I was amazed how much the zincs had corroded since July.   Today we went to West Marine and purchased another set of zincs for spares and a large zinc I plan on hanging over the side when we are in port from now on.   The water did feel good.

Looking at the weather in Kalama, Pat and I are both happy to be here in Southern California with the hot days and cool nights.  And no rain....

Oct 12 - We spent the last two days at Santa Catalina Two harbors for the Latitudes and Attitudes Cruisers party.   It was also a training session and provided some good information on cruising.   The other thing we found out is a lot of folks that were going or had been to Mexico were there.  They were also very helpful.  So far so good.

But, about midnight the first night we were there, the wind kicked up to about 25 knots and caused a 4-5 foot wave every 3-4 seconds to smash into the stern.  I felt the need to spend most of the night in the cockpit again as the boat next to us continued to bounce very close to us.  Not sure what I would do if the hit us as we were strapped between two moorings.  One holding the bow in place and one for the stern.  At about 4am the wind died down and I got a bit of sleep.    The boat next to us lost their dinghy sometime during the night as the painter line (rope from the boat) ripped out of the bow of the dinghy.

About mid day we turned the boat around as it looked like another night like before and the bow takes the beating much better than the stern.  The second night was better, but bouncing 4-5 feet every 3-4 seconds on the bow still makes it rough to sleep.

Pat said "No More Catalina for me, EVER".  We may not go back I guess. 

Oct 9 - Our stay in Redondo beach at the King Harbor YC was again a very nice stay for no money.   We belong to the San Diego Navy YC and these kind folks have set up reciprocals with us.  In all fairness this is a real gift for military folks as our YC is no where as nice as the past three.  But we do have fun and have great people too. 

I did get a chance to go see the Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine location.  It was kind of cool to finally see the other end of the magazine that has published about 12 of my articles.  The editor, Sue Morgan, also told me that the article I wrote for the new "Call of the Sea" section would be in the December issue.  That is real cool as the first one was her story, number two was Bob's, the owner of the magazine, and now number three is mine...

Pat also had fun at the farmers market and got some great deals while I was at Lats and Atts. 

Oct 7 - Our stay here at Channel Is YC has been great.  What a great bunch of folks.  Both the CIYC and PCYC would have let us stay for 3 days each.   If we were not tying to get to Santa Catalina for the weekend, we would have stayed for sure.

Oct 5 - We pulled into Channel Is Harbor yesterday.  We were able to take advantage of a YC reciprocal at Pacific Corinthian YC.  They have a pool and Spa we were able to take advantage of that made our day.  It was really nice to crawl into a hot tub after over three months without a spa.  We will move to Channel Is YC tomorrow.

Oct 3 - Headed for Channel Islands Harbor, but decided after 40 miles to turn into Santa Barbara.  It was a great move.  What a great harbor.  We ended up trying out our reciprocal with the Santa Barbara YC.  No slip available, but a great happy hour.  We would probably stay several nights here, but we have reservations in Channel Is Harbor for 4,5,6th.

Oct 2 - We went to Cojo Bay which is not much, but it does provide some shelter from the weather.  It was an interesting night with trains going by and ocean vessels going to their moorings all night.  The wind was suppose to kick up to 30 knots and I was not sure of the anchor holding in that harbor.   So it was anchor watch that night in the cockpit for me again.   Turned out not to much wind and good holding.  Just wasted a nights sleep. 

Oct 1 later -  Arrived at San Luis harbor and found our friends from Vancouver Canada we had waited the storm out in Ft Brag with.  It was nice to see them again.   We decided to anchor here as the only other option was a mooring ball.   The difficulty would be getting Pat and the dog to shore. 

We finally decided to row into the beach area where it said no boat.  We assumed no motor boats.  Guess that was wrong, but no one yelled at us.  We did have our difficulty.   Rowing the dinghy in to the beach was a bad idea.   While the waves on the beach were very small, till we got there, they were still waves.  As we arrived a really big wave rolled in and I could not row fast enough to keep the inevitable from happening.  Yes, the Dinghy went end over end and dumped Pat the Dog and I into the water.  Some folks on the beach said it was like a slow motion thing.  Pat lost her glasses and we were all a little embarrassed (lots of spectators).  No one really got hurt and the water felt great.  The water was actually warm, unlike the Washington coast.    

Oct 1 -  We stayed in Morro Bay for two nights.  We were first on a mooring, then tied to another boat then tied to the dock.  Not much space here and lots of folks that want to use it.   Nice YC though.  They have all the facilities needed for a nice stay.   I had to go back to work yesterday so we did not do much sight seeing.  We did find a great deal for a senior dinner $6.95 for a really big dinner.  The food was great.   We will be heading on to San Luis today and then Cojo Bay.   Probably no Internet again.  Then onto Channel Is and we should be back connected again.

We purchased fuel in Morro Bay.  Most expensive so far, $4.79 plus tax.

Sept 28 - Went to San Simeon Bay.  Not much to say as we were on the anchor and left at daylight for Morro Bay. 

Sept 26 - Went to Monterey.  The public marina was full so we ended up at the private marina.  Turned out to be a much nicer place, but real expensive.  Decided to only stay two days. 

Went to the Naval Post Graduate school  in Monterey to check out the Navy Exchange.   When we arrived we found most of the gates locked.  We asked a fellow coming out through the turnstile how to get in.  He said at the opposite corner to the location we were at, but the exchange was right beside us.  He took pity on a couple of old folks and keyed us in through the turn stile after checking IDs. The trick was we had to go through together as his card only allowed one entrance.  Well as you might expect, the next person we talked to was base security who explained we had been on camera and that was not acceptable.  We talked our way out of it and went to the exchange.   Later we wondered if we could get a copy of the video, but could not find anyone to ask......

Sept 25 - Went to 1/2 Moon Bay, Pillar Point Marina.  This as an OK marina.  The best part was an old friend I worked with many years ago came and picked us up for dinner at his house.  We got to meet his future wife and see all the great things he has done to his house.  The funny part was half way through dinner, his bride to be said her dad's boat had also just came to 1/2 Moon Bay.  One thing lead to another and before long we realized it was the neighbor boat.  So we packed up the car and went to surprise dear old dad with the first meeting of the future son-in-law. How cool is that.

Sept 24 - Alameda was the best stay yet.  It was inland far enough we had lots of sun and little wind.  The Marina Village Yacht Harbor was also a first class place to stay and only $20 per night.  We had a shopping center a two blocks away so we we stocked.  Found a nice wine at $1.99.  It is actually very good.  

Rented a car and went into San Francisco one day.   Pat wanted to see China town, so we did.  This was our most expensive day since we left St Helens July 1.  Car, bridge, parking, lunch, glass of wine, fuel for car.

Sept 21 - Pulling up the anchor chain this morning revealed a lot of kelp on the bottom.  The entire 100 ft + of chain was covered in red kelp wrapped tightly around the chain.  So it was pull in two feet and unwrap the kelp, pull in two feet etc.   It took about a half hour to get the chain all the way in. 

The trip to San Francisco (SF) was an easy ride.  the wind was under 10 knots most of the way and as a result we motored.  We only saw one tanker coming out of SF, but when we got into the bay there were many ships and a lot of small sailboats sailing in the now 12 knot wind.

We proceeded to a pre- arranged slip at Marina Village Yacht Harbor at Alameda.  When we arrived we found sun again, a fantastic park, a shopping mall a few blocks away, great showers and laundry.  It does not get any better than this when you are cruising.   They only charge $20 per night which is $5 cheaper than Bodega Bay.  Should have stayed here for the two weeks, but who would figure... 

Sept 20 - Finally underway again after a two week work break to introduce my replacement to the best customers in the world.  I will miss them, but not enough to stop sailing and work till I die.   We left Bodega Bay at about 0900 and arrived in Drakes bay for the night.  We could have went to San Fran, but this would allow us to arrive there at around noon and with an incoming tide. 

Sept 13 - While Bodega bay is a great place, we are not going to have the opportunity to take full advantage of the area as a result of my having to go back to work for two weeks.  We could hang for a while, but we are both getting anxious to get farther south where it is warmer.   I will be in Boise, ID next week introducing my replacement to my friends and customers at Idaho Power.  We will more than likely head to Drakes Bay on Saturday, weather permitting. 

Sept 11 - Today was the first of a series of articles that will be published in my home town paper about our trip and adventure.  If you would like to read the first of the series called "Call of the Sea" in the editorial section on line.  It is also in the news paper if you subscribe.

http://www.priestrivertimes.com/

Sept 5 - We moved Sunnyside to Bodega Bay and I plan to take a two week work period.  More information and pictures to follow on the trip and Bodega Bay when I get some more non-work time.

Aug 31- This week end is Paul Bunyan Days in FT Bragg.  They have a great art exhibit, beer tasting, loggers show, and the library is selling bags of books for $3.  Does it get any better than this?

Last night we had some new friends over for a glass of wine.   Mike and Jacquie are from Vancouver Canada headed south as well.  They plan to head on to the Panama Canal do some site seeing and go to the Caribbean.  Maybe some day for us.  We loved sailing in the Caribbean.  It is a great place to sail in the winter, but the hurricanes in the summer are something that a plan needs to be in place for.

Aug 29 - The seas remain hazardous so we are still in Ft Bragg.  As it turns out, this could be a good thing as I broke a cap on a tooth.  Calling around I found the greatest dentist in the US.  He took me in, worked late, has high tech equipment to allow him to create the cap overnight.  He takes pictures of the tooth and a device with diamond cutting tools shapes the tooth.   After he labored for an hour prepping the tooth, he asked if he could see our boat.  Rick and his wife Betty drove us back to the boat and brought a nice Pino and a chard, which we consumed.   If you are in Ft Bragg and need dental help, Dr. Roderick McMillen is your man.   I love this cruising thing.  So many people to meet, so little time.

Aug 27 - We moved on to Ft Bragg on Saturday August 23.  This has been a pleasant surprise as the sun has shined every day.  The down side is the seas have been hazardous with 6-10 foot Northern swells at 9-10 seconds and 4-5 foot Northwest wind waves.  That is a lot of water.   We have been planning to move on to Bodega Bay tomorrow, but it still does not look that great. in the immediate area while after we round Pt Arena the seas will calm.  Only about 30 some miles south, but that can be a hard ride.  I plan to wake at 0400 tomorrow, catch the weather.  If good, we can head out, if not we are stuck here until probably after Sunday.

Ft Bragg has a great things to see.  It the Noyo Basin marina where we are docked has a couple of sea lions that are a riot.  The fishermen come in and throw them dead fish and then have a ball.  

The walk into town is shorter here than Brookings.  Probably only 4 miles round trip.  Never thought I would say that, only 4 miles.  

We have another boat waiting the weather from Washington and one from Victoria Canada.  I just love the Canadians.  Everyone I have met are nice, or maybe that is because they are sailors too. 

Aug 22 - Added some more pictures to the gallery for Eureka.

Aug 21 - It has been a good week here in Eureka.  The only down side to this Marina is it is a long way to everything.  On Monday we walked to the closest market, about 2 1/2 miles each way.  With side trips and finding the right place for lunch we easily walked 6 miles that day.

We rented a car yesterday and went to WINCO to replenish the boat, then south to see the big Redwood trees.  Wow that was cool.  Since we had the car we then dove up to McKinelyville where we had dinner at the Silver Lining Restaurant.  When the owners found out that I was the one that fixed their dad's boat, we were treated like kings.  Thank you again Ron for the fantastic treat.  What great food and such a nice location.  While it is a bit out of the way for a cruiser to get to, renting a car for the day made it all worth while.

Some good pictures have been added.  Turns out that Woodley Is is a wildlife preserve.  The only evidence has been the white tail deer in the field behind the marina.

We have been planning on heading to Ft Brag tomorrow, but the seas are big right now with a short period and declared hazardous seas by NOAA.  Even though it is suppose to subside some tomorrow, it would still be to exciting for Pat.   We may have to do an overnighter as the sea forecast is that it will subside considerably by Friday afternoon.

  

Aug 16 - We are now at Woodley Island Marina in Eureka, CA.   This is a very nice marina, but not close to anything but a wildlife preserve.  I guess we will be getting our exercise again. 

The TV antenna was not working so I took it apart.  I there was a lot of corrosion on the pre-amplifier board.  Cleaned it up and we are back in operation.  Just need to climb the mast tomorrow morning when the wind is down and re-install the antenna. 

We had dinner at the restaurant here at the marina. It was very good.  We were a bit surprised at the price of wine though until we got our first glass.  They price the wine at about the cost of a bottle, but they serve you a water glass full.  Instead of trying to get four to five glasses out of a bottle they are shooting for two.   That is a first.   I had the fish and chips and Pat had the prime rib.  The fish was fresh and the prime rib you could cut with a fork. 

Aug 15 - Underway again for Eureka, CA at 0700.  The wind was only 5-9 knts, but the seas were large and rolling from the northwest.  The rollers varied between 6 and 10 feet high.  While that may seem like a lot to some, the period on the waves was approximately 13 seconds.  That means the boat went up and down with some rocking as the crest of the wave went under the boat.  Because of the lack of wind the surface water was as smooth as glass.  All of this was again coupled with spots of fog.  Sure nice to have radar.

As we were getting close to Eureka all of a sudden we saw a flying saucer.  It seemed to go through the mast making a lot of noise.  The saucer landed about ten feet from the boat.  Oops, our TV antenna just blew off.   We then practiced the man overboard exercise and rescued the disk, now partially full of water.

A while later we were watching the sea roll by and all of a sudden three dolphins came by.  They looked like a circus act all three jumping in parallel, jump after jump as they went on by.   I had really hoped they would turn around and jump in front of the boat as they sometimes do so I would have a chance at some pictures, bat as fast as they appeared they once again disappeared into the sea.

Aug 14 - The gale warnings went down to small craft warnings and it appeared as though that wind was off shore 10-60 miles so we decided to head for Crescent City, CA.  However, the fog was very thick most of the trip.  That adds to the adventure for sure.  During fog for safety a boat is required to keep the running lights on and and sound your horn at least every 2 minutes for 5 seconds.  This is suppose to let others know there is a vessel near them and if you listen you can tell approximately where the vessel is.  Unfortunately, very few fishermen follow the rules and they are typically the majority of vessels you meet in the fog.   This day was no different as we passed about 10 small vessels trolling along in the fog.

Some pictures of the approach and Crescent City have been added to the gallery.

We had a lot of trouble getting a hold of the Port office, but had finally gotten an email back that said go to dock 'C' late on the 13th.   We tried to get the marina to respond via phone and VHF, but no luck.  So we just pulled into a slip, went to the port office and slipped a check into the door slot.  The next morning we had a slip on the gate of the boat that said "Un-authorized boat".  I called the number on the ticket and of course no answer so another voice mail telling him I was assigned to the dock and paid the fee.  I invited him to call me back if there was an issue.  So far, no call back from the security guard.

The docks and facilities at Crescent city are poor at best.  They were hit by a couple of Tsunamis and the docks took a beating.  The sad part is the port must be broke and/or no longer care.

Aug 13 - We are on hold now as this afternoon weather has promised to kick up to 40 mph wind and hazardous seas.  Sounds like we will be leaving bookings now on Friday, but we are only paying one day at a time now so we can go when the weather calms.

Aug 12 - We have enjoyed Brookings a lot.  The marina is very large and everything is a long walk.  It is aver a 1/2 mile to the beach, to the port office and another 1/2 mile to the market.   Yesterday we walked about 5 miles as we went into town to Ace hardware and Fred Myer.  To add things up, we probably walked about 20 miles each this past week.  May even be good for us! 

The grocery store we found has good prices and great meat and produce.  There is also a drug store and a barber shop.  Thinking about using the barber shop today and had to use the drug store yesterday as it was Pat's birthday and I needed a card and present.  

To my surprise Pat picked a Mexican restaurant for her birthday dinner.  Normally that would be out of the question, but we both thought it was a great place to eat. 

Pat was concerned about the water out of the tank as the TD level was higher than normal. We were running the water through two carbon filters.  I replaced both filters and the level came down to reasonable, but the second filter had a higher reading than the first.  Our trip to Ace Hardware was to buy a 0.5 micron filter to be installed after the carbon filter to remove any carbon that slipped through.  I installed it after the carbon filter, but we did not see any difference.  The second filter output remained higher than the first.  Guess I should have called my buddy at Haley Pumps in Portland.

We will be heading out for Crescent City tomorrow and then we head to Eureka on Thursday, weather permitting.

Aug 7  - We did some looking around and found a great grocery store with great produce and low prices only about a miles walk away.  We picked up a few things, but we plan on taking the pull cart with us and my new back pack next trip.  We plan to restock the groceries and wine at our new find. 

Aug 6  - Got underway for Port Orford at 0600.  The wind was to be 10-15 out of the north, but ran about 5-7 all day.  That resulted in us having to motor instead of sail.  We were making such good time that about 1000 I decided that if we made it to the turning point to Port Orford before noon, we could easily make it to Brookings before dark. 

We did make it to the turning point at about 1130 and kept on going.  Since our cruising plan said we were headed for Port Orford, I sent out a text message to several friends to tell them we were continuing on and if we ended up missing in  action we were between Port Orford and Brookings and not Charleston and Port Orford.   We arrived in Brookings just after 2000.

The Bar at Brookings is also suppose to be the safest bar on the OR coast.  (Same as professed by Coos Bay)  When we arrived we realized why.  It is hardly even a bar.  There are two small jetties and boom you are in the marina.  The real bar effect is probably reduced as a result of the two points of land one to the north of Brookings and one to the south.

The Coast Guard at Brookings asked a lot of questions as we arrived to make sure we belonged here.  If you have not been following the mission of the Coast Guard, they are now part of Home Land Security and responsible for our coastal boarders as well as boating safety in the US.   

Ultimately, two gentlemen from the Coast Guard came to our dock and aboard to do a safety check.   To no surprise to me, we had no discrepancies and passed the Coast Guard boarding.

Aug 5  - Received the replacement RO filter and high pressure unit from Village Marine in Seattle.  They are great folks up there and have been very helpful.  I replaced the unit and we are back in the water making business again.

In talking to our temporary neighbor in a Trawler headed south, we found out there was a real good new cruising book that identified anchorages along the Pacific Coast.  Sounded like a good thing so we ordered one and had it sent to the Port at Brookings.  We will put the plan together for the CA coast stops after we have a look at the book.  Thanks for the advice Rus.

We had asked the lady at the marina to get a UPS invoice so we could send the old filter back to Village Marine.   Some how she must of messed that up as she told us we could only get a return slip from Village Marine.  I assume she asked for a return authorization instead of a UPS slip.  We decided that in spite of her jet black hair, we knew what color it really was before she dyed it black.

Aug 4  - This has been an experience at Charleston Marina.  I wondered why all the other marinas we have been to all said "No fishing or Crabbing on the Dock".  Now I know why.  The crabbers take the dock over and dump old fish body parts and guts all over the dock.  The also lay on the fingers and make it difficult for boats to get in and out.  See picture in gallery.  At one time there were 3 people laying on "that dock.   It is like they are trying to drive the boats out of "Their" crabbing pier.  The Port obviously does not care. 

The docks are not only filthy, but they are in poor condition.  I picked up my first scrape coming in from a bolt sticking out.  See the picture the dock is floating at about a 30 degree angle about.  Recommend cruisers make this a short stay when planning a trip down the coast. 

The town of Charleston is very small, but has two small groceries with a fair selection of food and wine.  There is also an England Marine Supply that I was able to purchase a kit to repair the scratches in the hull from the bolt.

We paid for a week here, but if my new Reverse Osmosis high pressure vessel arrives today, we may try to get our money back.

Aug 1  - Moved to Coos Bay.  The wind was suppose to be 10-15 out of the West so we were looking to sail the whole way.  The wind ended up 10 out of the south, right on the nose.  The bar crossing at Umpqua River was exciting.  We left at 0530 and the Coast Guard went out a few minutes earlier to check the bar.  When we got to the bar, the Coast Guard had a strobe light flashing.  They had restricted the bad to vessels over 40 feet.  Since we were 45, we proceeded.   We later heard one of the fishermen say on channel 68, "did you see that sailboat go out?  I bet his wives pucker factor was high".  It was exciting as Sunnyside dove into waves and scooped up 50 gallons or so of water every other wave.  Unfortunately I was to busy to take pictures.   There are some pictures as we approached and went across the Coos Bay Bar.  Coos Bay Bar is the "safest Bar on the Oregon coast".

July 31  - We will be moving on to Coos Bay tomorrow.  We plan to stay there about a week.  I will be replacing the RO water maker High Pressure unit/filter.  It has been making bad water and the best guess was a seal has went out letting salt water leak by.  Today was a repair day also.  The engine alternator was not charging well.  After several tests the problem was traced to a broken voltage sense wire to the regulator.  Had to change one of the engine pre-filters today as well.  The fuel sat around for a long time before retirement.  It may go through a few filters before the gunk is gone. 

July 28  - We got underway at 0400 for Winchester, OR.  The original plan was to go all the way to Coos Bay, another 20 miles, but the Umpqua River Bar sounded OK to cross so we did.  Starting the day at 0400, means getting up at 0300.  It is real dark out there at that time which is not bad being out at sea, but dark always makes coming in and out of a harbor more of a challenge.    The Newport bar was very active that morning.  They were dredging, several fishing vessels came in, and even the Coast Guard was out pulling something into the harbor.  I guess we were the only ones leaving.  Nice sunrise picture in the album now though.

July 27  - A couple of folks headed to Alaska from CA pulled into the harbor.  They were having some charging issues and I was happy I was able to help Ron and Bob out.  Not good to be in the ocean with no 12 volts to run things.  I told them I did not want to be paid, just wanted to help, but Ron insisted on buying us dinner at his son's place in Eureka.  Ron says the "Silver Lining" is a great place to eat and proceeded to describe some of the specialties.  My mouth was watering by the time he got through, so I guess we will spend some extra time in Eureka.  Thanks in advance Ron. 

July 26  - It has been a week of traveling and seeing the sites here in Newport.  We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium and it would have been better with Willy still there, but it was good.  We are going to be delayed a day to let our mail catch up.  Need to do something different for mail.  It was recommended that we use the $5 two day packages.  Sounds like a plan.      The days delay means we will be heading directly into the wind on the way to Winchester Bay.  We will be using the Iron Genny I guess. (Diesel Engine!)

July 21  - Started the day at 0400 with a departure from Garibaldi at 0500.  We went out with the tide and came into Newport, OR about 10 hours later.  Newport has an easy bar to cross.  Coming in with the tide we gained about 2 knots of speed.  The Port of Newport seems to be a number one place to visit.  Great docks, free bus around town, $1 Landry, etc, etc, etc. 

Per Captain Woody's recommendation we had dinner at the Rogue Brewery near the port.  It was great and the beer was great as well. 

We ran into our first fellow MX cruisers from Portland on S/V Tamara.  Marili and Dave are a bit ahead of us in schedule and were just leaving Newport, but it is a small ocean and I am sure we will meet up again.

We plan to be here a week and then head farther south.

July 14  - Ordered new parts.  Thank you ABB Western team for the West Marine gift card as the blocks are not cheep.  The rest of the week we played tourist and took the buss to Tillamook to check out the cheese factories.  Plan to get underway to Newport next Monday or Tuesday, weather permitting.

July 12  - Left Smuggler's Cove for Garibaldi.  Winds were still high and the sea was a bit rough, but as a result of the main sheet blocks we motored to Garibaldi.

July 11  - Finally underway from Ilwalco to Smuggler's Cove.  Winds were in the 35 knot with high seas all week.  Finally able to leave Ilwalco.  Winds in the afternoon kicked up and when I put the main down, I noticed we had 2 main sheet blocks that had broken.  The night at Smuggler's Cove was rough.  Stayed in the cockpit all night on anchor watch.  Caught some sleep, not much.

July 2 - In Ilwalco, WA for the holiday with the kids

July 1  - Underway down Columbia River - The adventure begins. Spent night in Cathlamet where  they have great 25 cent showers.

Cruising Log

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Jan 17, 2009 - On December 7th we moved the boat to Chula Vista as a marina that we can sit at until Pat is all well.  This week she finished antibiotics and has no detectable infection.  She is presently scheduled for surgery on Feb 9th.  The surgery is kind of major in that it will remove an antibiotic strip, do a bone graft, and install a metal plate the length of her arm.  Supose to take about 4 hours.  After that she can start using the arm within a week.

Nov 5 - We had planned to get underway for Mexico today.  Boat is loaded and my good friend Len was flying in.  A couple of days ago Pat had a test to check on swelling in her arm and yesterday afternoon the results came back.  She has to stick around and see a specialist as soon as possible.  So we are on hold for a bit.

New "Call of the Sea" article in the Priest River Times:

http://www.priestrivertimes.com/articles/2008/10/23/editorials/edit01.txt

Oct 20 - We moved the boat to the San Diego Navy Marina in South Bay San Diego.  We plan to do our preparation for the Mexico part of our trip and will be here for at least two weeks.

Oct 19 - We planned on staying at the Oceanside YC, but a boat from London was there and parked in the middle of the dock leaving only about 30 feet for our 45 foot boat.  We tried to raise them to no avail and ended up at the public dock for $38 instead of free.  Oh well.  Win some loose some. 

Oct 18 - This has been a great stay here.  The YC has great food and drink at a very reasonable price.  We walked into town a couple of times and up to West Marine once for spare parts.  It is not to far, but the hill here is a killer.  We plan to get underway tomorrow morning and head for Oceanside YC.  They do not take reservations, so we are hoping to get a place to stay for the night.  Only about 20 miles so should be a short day.

Oct 16 - We moved to Dana Point on the 12th.  The YC here Dana West YC, gave us 3 days free then $0.50/foot after that for up to a week.  Since we have not stayed any place for more than two days for quite a while, we decided to do the week.

A couple of days ago I changed the oil.  Yesterday I topped off the battery water and dove on the boat to clean the bottom and replace the zincs.  I was amazed how much the zincs had corroded since July.   Today we went to West Marine and purchased another set of zincs for spares and a large zinc I plan on hanging over the side when we are in port from now on.   The water did feel good.

Looking at the weather in Kalama, Pat and I are both happy to be here in Southern California with the hot days and cool nights.  And no rain....

Oct 12 - We spent the last two days at Santa Catalina Two harbors for the Latitudes and Attitudes Cruisers party.   It was also a training session and provided some good information on cruising.   The other thing we found out is a lot of folks that were going or had been to Mexico were there.  They were also very helpful.  So far so good.

But, about midnight the first night we were there, the wind kicked up to about 25 knots and caused a 4-5 foot wave every 3-4 seconds to smash into the stern.  I felt the need to spend most of the night in the cockpit again as the boat next to us continued to bounce very close to us.  Not sure what I would do if the hit us as we were strapped between two moorings.  One holding the bow in place and one for the stern.  At about 4am the wind died down and I got a bit of sleep.    The boat next to us lost their dinghy sometime during the night as the painter line (rope from the boat) ripped out of the bow of the dinghy.

About mid day we turned the boat around as it looked like another night like before and the bow takes the beating much better than the stern.  The second night was better, but bouncing 4-5 feet every 3-4 seconds on the bow still makes it rough to sleep.

Pat said "No More Catalina for me, EVER".  We may not go back I guess. 

Oct 9 - Our stay in Redondo beach at the King Harbor YC was again a very nice stay for no money.   We belong to the San Diego Navy YC and these kind folks have set up reciprocals with us.  In all fairness this is a real gift for military folks as our YC is no where as nice as the past three.  But we do have fun and have great people too. 

I did get a chance to go see the Latitudes and Attitudes Magazine location.  It was kind of cool to finally see the other end of the magazine that has published about 12 of my articles.  The editor, Sue Morgan, also told me that the article I wrote for the new "Call of the Sea" section would be in the December issue.  That is real cool as the first one was her story, number two was Bob's, the owner of the magazine, and now number three is mine...

Pat also had fun at the farmers market and got some great deals while I was at Lats and Atts. 

Oct 7 - Our stay here at Channel Is YC has been great.  What a great bunch of folks.  Both the CIYC and PCYC would have let us stay for 3 days each.   If we were not tying to get to Santa Catalina for the weekend, we would have stayed for sure.

Oct 5 - We pulled into Channel Is Harbor yesterday.  We were able to take advantage of a YC reciprocal at Pacific Corinthian YC.  They have a pool and Spa we were able to take advantage of that made our day.  It was really nice to crawl into a hot tub after over three months without a spa.  We will move to Channel Is YC tomorrow.

Oct 3 - Headed for Channel Islands Harbor, but decided after 40 miles to turn into Santa Barbara.  It was a great move.  What a great harbor.  We ended up trying out our reciprocal with the Santa Barbara YC.  No slip available, but a great happy hour.  We would probably stay several nights here, but we have reservations in Channel Is Harbor for 4,5,6th.

Oct 2 - We went to Cojo Bay which is not much, but it does provide some shelter from the weather.  It was an interesting night with trains going by and ocean vessels going to their moorings all night.  The wind was suppose to kick up to 30 knots and I was not sure of the anchor holding in that harbor.   So it was anchor watch that night in the cockpit for me again.   Turned out not to much wind and good holding.  Just wasted a nights sleep. 

Oct 1 later -  Arrived at San Luis harbor and found our friends from Vancouver Canada we had waited the storm out in Ft Brag with.  It was nice to see them again.   We decided to anchor here as the only other option was a mooring ball.   The difficulty would be getting Pat and the dog to shore. 

We finally decided to row into the beach area where it said no boat.  We assumed no motor boats.  Guess that was wrong, but no one yelled at us.  We did have our difficulty.   Rowing the dinghy in to the beach was a bad idea.   While the waves on the beach were very small, till we got there, they were still waves.  As we arrived a really big wave rolled in and I could not row fast enough to keep the inevitable from happening.  Yes, the Dinghy went end over end and dumped Pat the Dog and I into the water.  Some folks on the beach said it was like a slow motion thing.  Pat lost her glasses and we were all a little embarrassed (lots of spectators).  No one really got hurt and the water felt great.  The water was actually warm, unlike the Washington coast.    

Oct 1 -  We stayed in Morro Bay for two nights.  We were first on a mooring, then tied to another boat then tied to the dock.  Not much space here and lots of folks that want to use it.   Nice YC though.  They have all the facilities needed for a nice stay.   I had to go back to work yesterday so we did not do much sight seeing.  We did find a great deal for a senior dinner $6.95 for a really big dinner.  The food was great.   We will be heading on to San Luis today and then Cojo Bay.   Probably no Internet again.  Then onto Channel Is and we should be back connected again.

We purchased fuel in Morro Bay.  Most expensive so far, $4.79 plus tax.

Sept 28 - Went to San Simeon Bay.  Not much to say as we were on the anchor and left at daylight for Morro Bay. 

Sept 26 - Went to Monterey.  The public marina was full so we ended up at the private marina.  Turned out to be a much nicer place, but real expensive.  Decided to only stay two days. 

Went to the Naval Post Graduate school  in Monterey to check out the Navy Exchange.   When we arrived we found most of the gates locked.  We asked a fellow coming out through the turnstile how to get in.  He said at the opposite corner to the location we were at, but the exchange was right beside us.  He took pity on a couple of old folks and keyed us in through the turn stile after checking IDs. The trick was we had to go through together as his card only allowed one entrance.  Well as you might expect, the next person we talked to was base security who explained we had been on camera and that was not acceptable.  We talked our way out of it and went to the exchange.   Later we wondered if we could get a copy of the video, but could not find anyone to ask......

Sept 25 - Went to 1/2 Moon Bay, Pillar Point Marina.  This as an OK marina.  The best part was an old friend I worked with many years ago came and picked us up for dinner at his house.  We got to meet his future wife and see all the great things he has done to his house.  The funny part was half way through dinner, his bride to be said her dad's boat had also just came to 1/2 Moon Bay.  One thing lead to another and before long we realized it was the neighbor boat.  So we packed up the car and went to surprise dear old dad with the first meeting of the future son-in-law. How cool is that.

Sept 24 - Alameda was the best stay yet.  It was inland far enough we had lots of sun and little wind.  The Marina Village Yacht Harbor was also a first class place to stay and only $20 per night.  We had a shopping center a two blocks away so we we stocked.  Found a nice wine at $1.99.  It is actually very good.  

Rented a car and went into San Francisco one day.   Pat wanted to see China town, so we did.  This was our most expensive day since we left St Helens July 1.  Car, bridge, parking, lunch, glass of wine, fuel for car.

Sept 21 - Pulling up the anchor chain this morning revealed a lot of kelp on the bottom.  The entire 100 ft + of chain was covered in red kelp wrapped tightly around the chain.  So it was pull in two feet and unwrap the kelp, pull in two feet etc.   It took about a half hour to get the chain all the way in. 

The trip to San Francisco (SF) was an easy ride.  the wind was under 10 knots most of the way and as a result we motored.  We only saw one tanker coming out of SF, but when we got into the bay there were many ships and a lot of small sailboats sailing in the now 12 knot wind.

We proceeded to a pre- arranged slip at Marina Village Yacht Harbor at Alameda.  When we arrived we found sun again, a fantastic park, a shopping mall a few blocks away, great showers and laundry.  It does not get any better than this when you are cruising.   They only charge $20 per night which is $5 cheaper than Bodega Bay.  Should have stayed here for the two weeks, but who would figure... 

Sept 20 - Finally underway again after a two week work break to introduce my replacement to the best customers in the world.  I will miss them, but not enough to stop sailing and work till I die.   We left Bodega Bay at about 0900 and arrived in Drakes bay for the night.  We could have went to San Fran, but this would allow us to arrive there at around noon and with an incoming tide. 

Sept 13 - While Bodega bay is a great place, we are not going to have the opportunity to take full advantage of the area as a result of my having to go back to work for two weeks.  We could hang for a while, but we are both getting anxious to get farther south where it is warmer.   I will be in Boise, ID next week introducing my replacement to my friends and customers at Idaho Power.  We will more than likely head to Drakes Bay on Saturday, weather permitting. 

Sept 11 - Today was the first of a series of articles that will be published in my home town paper about our trip and adventure.  If you would like to read the first of the series called "Call of the Sea" in the editorial section on line.  It is also in the news paper if you subscribe.

http://www.priestrivertimes.com/

Sept 5 - We moved Sunnyside to Bodega Bay and I plan to take a two week work period.  More information and pictures to follow on the trip and Bodega Bay when I get some more non-work time.

Aug 31- This week end is Paul Bunyan Days in FT Bragg.  They have a great art exhibit, beer tasting, loggers show, and the library is selling bags of books for $3.  Does it get any better than this?

Last night we had some new friends over for a glass of wine.   Mike and Jacquie are from Vancouver Canada headed south as well.  They plan to head on to the Panama Canal do some site seeing and go to the Caribbean.  Maybe some day for us.  We loved sailing in the Caribbean.  It is a great place to sail in the winter, but the hurricanes in the summer are something that a plan needs to be in place for.

Aug 29 - The seas remain hazardous so we are still in Ft Bragg.  As it turns out, this could be a good thing as I broke a cap on a tooth.  Calling around I found the greatest dentist in the US.  He took me in, worked late, has high tech equipment to allow him to create the cap overnight.  He takes pictures of the tooth and a device with diamond cutting tools shapes the tooth.   After he labored for an hour prepping the tooth, he asked if he could see our boat.  Rick and his wife Betty drove us back to the boat and brought a nice Pino and a chard, which we consumed.   If you are in Ft Bragg and need dental help, Dr. Roderick McMillen is your man.   I love this cruising thing.  So many people to meet, so little time.

Aug 27 - We moved on to Ft Bragg on Saturday August 23.  This has been a pleasant surprise as the sun has shined every day.  The down side is the seas have been hazardous with 6-10 foot Northern swells at 9-10 seconds and 4-5 foot Northwest wind waves.  That is a lot of water.   We have been planning to move on to Bodega Bay tomorrow, but it still does not look that great. in the immediate area while after we round Pt Arena the seas will calm.  Only about 30 some miles south, but that can be a hard ride.  I plan to wake at 0400 tomorrow, catch the weather.  If good, we can head out, if not we are stuck here until probably after Sunday.

Ft Bragg has a great things to see.  It the Noyo Basin marina where we are docked has a couple of sea lions that are a riot.  The fishermen come in and throw them dead fish and then have a ball.  

The walk into town is shorter here than Brookings.  Probably only 4 miles round trip.  Never thought I would say that, only 4 miles.  

We have another boat waiting the weather from Washington and one from Victoria Canada.  I just love the Canadians.  Everyone I have met are nice, or maybe that is because they are sailors too. 

Aug 22 - Added some more pictures to the gallery for Eureka.

Aug 21 - It has been a good week here in Eureka.  The only down side to this Marina is it is a long way to everything.  On Monday we walked to the closest market, about 2 1/2 miles each way.  With side trips and finding the right place for lunch we easily walked 6 miles that day.

We rented a car yesterday and went to WINCO to replenish the boat, then south to see the big Redwood trees.  Wow that was cool.  Since we had the car we then dove up to McKinelyville where we had dinner at the Silver Lining Restaurant.  When the owners found out that I was the one that fixed their dad's boat, we were treated like kings.  Thank you again Ron for the fantastic treat.  What great food and such a nice location.  While it is a bit out of the way for a cruiser to get to, renting a car for the day made it all worth while.

Some good pictures have been added.  Turns out that Woodley Is is a wildlife preserve.  The only evidence has been the white tail deer in the field behind the marina.

We have been planning on heading to Ft Brag tomorrow, but the seas are big right now with a short period and declared hazardous seas by NOAA.  Even though it is suppose to subside some tomorrow, it would still be to exciting for Pat.   We may have to do an overnighter as the sea forecast is that it will subside considerably by Friday afternoon.

  

Aug 16 - We are now at Woodley Island Marina in Eureka, CA.   This is a very nice marina, but not close to anything but a wildlife preserve.  I guess we will be getting our exercise again. 

The TV antenna was not working so I took it apart.  I there was a lot of corrosion on the pre-amplifier board.  Cleaned it up and we are back in operation.  Just need to climb the mast tomorrow morning when the wind is down and re-install the antenna. 

We had dinner at the restaurant here at the marina. It was very good.  We were a bit surprised at the price of wine though until we got our first glass.  They price the wine at about the cost of a bottle, but they serve you a water glass full.  Instead of trying to get four to five glasses out of a bottle they are shooting for two.   That is a first.   I had the fish and chips and Pat had the prime rib.  The fish was fresh and the prime rib you could cut with a fork. 

Aug 15 - Underway again for Eureka, CA at 0700.  The wind was only 5-9 knts, but the seas were large and rolling from the northwest.  The rollers varied between 6 and 10 feet high.  While that may seem like a lot to some, the period on the waves was approximately 13 seconds.  That means the boat went up and down with some rocking as the crest of the wave went under the boat.  Because of the lack of wind the surface water was as smooth as glass.  All of this was again coupled with spots of fog.  Sure nice to have radar.

As we were getting close to Eureka all of a sudden we saw a flying saucer.  It seemed to go through the mast making a lot of noise.  The saucer landed about ten feet from the boat.  Oops, our TV antenna just blew off.   We then practiced the man overboard exercise and rescued the disk, now partially full of water.

A while later we were watching the sea roll by and all of a sudden three dolphins came by.  They looked like a circus act all three jumping in parallel, jump after jump as they went on by.   I had really hoped they would turn around and jump in front of the boat as they sometimes do so I would have a chance at some pictures, bat as fast as they appeared they once again disappeared into the sea.

Aug 14 - The gale warnings went down to small craft warnings and it appeared as though that wind was off shore 10-60 miles so we decided to head for Crescent City, CA.  However, the fog was very thick most of the trip.  That adds to the adventure for sure.  During fog for safety a boat is required to keep the running lights on and and sound your horn at least every 2 minutes for 5 seconds.  This is suppose to let others know there is a vessel near them and if you listen you can tell approximately where the vessel is.  Unfortunately, very few fishermen follow the rules and they are typically the majority of vessels you meet in the fog.   This day was no different as we passed about 10 small vessels trolling along in the fog.

Some pictures of the approach and Crescent City have been added to the gallery.

We had a lot of trouble getting a hold of the Port office, but had finally gotten an email back that said go to dock 'C' late on the 13th.   We tried to get the marina to respond via phone and VHF, but no luck.  So we just pulled into a slip, went to the port office and slipped a check into the door slot.  The next morning we had a slip on the gate of the boat that said "Un-authorized boat".  I called the number on the ticket and of course no answer so another voice mail telling him I was assigned to the dock and paid the fee.  I invited him to call me back if there was an issue.  So far, no call back from the security guard.

The docks and facilities at Crescent city are poor at best.  They were hit by a couple of Tsunamis and the docks took a beating.  The sad part is the port must be broke and/or no longer care.

Aug 13 - We are on hold now as this afternoon weather has promised to kick up to 40 mph wind and hazardous seas.  Sounds like we will be leaving bookings now on Friday, but we are only paying one day at a time now so we can go when the weather calms.

Aug 12 - We have enjoyed Brookings a lot.  The marina is very large and everything is a long walk.  It is aver a 1/2 mile to the beach, to the port office and another 1/2 mile to the market.   Yesterday we walked about 5 miles as we went into town to Ace hardware and Fred Myer.  To add things up, we probably walked about 20 miles each this past week.  May even be good for us! 

The grocery store we found has good prices and great meat and produce.  There is also a drug store and a barber shop.  Thinking about using the barber shop today and had to use the drug store yesterday as it was Pat's birthday and I needed a card and present.  

To my surprise Pat picked a Mexican restaurant for her birthday dinner.  Normally that would be out of the question, but we both thought it was a great place to eat. 

Pat was concerned about the water out of the tank as the TD level was higher than normal. We were running the water through two carbon filters.  I replaced both filters and the level came down to reasonable, but the second filter had a higher reading than the first.  Our trip to Ace Hardware was to buy a 0.5 micron filter to be installed after the carbon filter to remove any carbon that slipped through.  I installed it after the carbon filter, but we did not see any difference.  The second filter output remained higher than the first.  Guess I should have called my buddy at Haley Pumps in Portland.

We will be heading out for Crescent City tomorrow and then we head to Eureka on Thursday, weather permitting.

Aug 7  - We did some looking around and found a great grocery store with great produce and low prices only about a miles walk away.  We picked up a few things, but we plan on taking the pull cart with us and my new back pack next trip.  We plan to restock the groceries and wine at our new find. 

Aug 6  - Got underway for Port Orford at 0600.  The wind was to be 10-15 out of the north, but ran about 5-7 all day.  That resulted in us having to motor instead of sail.  We were making such good time that about 1000 I decided that if we made it to the turning point to Port Orford before noon, we could easily make it to Brookings before dark. 

We did make it to the turning point at about 1130 and kept on going.  Since our cruising plan said we were headed for Port Orford, I sent out a text message to several friends to tell them we were continuing on and if we ended up missing in  action we were between Port Orford and Brookings and not Charleston and Port Orford.   We arrived in Brookings just after 2000.

The Bar at Brookings is also suppose to be the safest bar on the OR coast.  (Same as professed by Coos Bay)  When we arrived we realized why.  It is hardly even a bar.  There are two small jetties and boom you are in the marina.  The real bar effect is probably reduced as a result of the two points of land one to the north of Brookings and one to the south.

The Coast Guard at Brookings asked a lot of questions as we arrived to make sure we belonged here.  If you have not been following the mission of the Coast Guard, they are now part of Home Land Security and responsible for our coastal boarders as well as boating safety in the US.   

Ultimately, two gentlemen from the Coast Guard came to our dock and aboard to do a safety check.   To no surprise to me, we had no discrepancies and passed the Coast Guard boarding.

Aug 5  - Received the replacement RO filter and high pressure unit from Village Marine in Seattle.  They are great folks up there and have been very helpful.  I replaced the unit and we are back in the water making business again.

In talking to our temporary neighbor in a Trawler headed south, we found out there was a real good new cruising book that identified anchorages along the Pacific Coast.  Sounded like a good thing so we ordered one and had it sent to the Port at Brookings.  We will put the plan together for the CA coast stops after we have a look at the book.  Thanks for the advice Rus.

We had asked the lady at the marina to get a UPS invoice so we could send the old filter back to Village Marine.   Some how she must of messed that up as she told us we could only get a return slip from Village Marine.  I assume she asked for a return authorization instead of a UPS slip.  We decided that in spite of her jet black hair, we knew what color it really was before she dyed it black.

Aug 4  - This has been an experience at Charleston Marina.  I wondered why all the other marinas we have been to all said "No fishing or Crabbing on the Dock".  Now I know why.  The crabbers take the dock over and dump old fish body parts and guts all over the dock.  The also lay on the fingers and make it difficult for boats to get in and out.  See picture in gallery.  At one time there were 3 people laying on "that dock.   It is like they are trying to drive the boats out of "Their" crabbing pier.  The Port obviously does not care. 

The docks are not only filthy, but they are in poor condition.  I picked up my first scrape coming in from a bolt sticking out.  See the picture the dock is floating at about a 30 degree angle about.  Recommend cruisers make this a short stay when planning a trip down the coast. 

The town of Charleston is very small, but has two small groceries with a fair selection of food and wine.  There is also an England Marine Supply that I was able to purchase a kit to repair the scratches in the hull from the bolt.

We paid for a week here, but if my new Reverse Osmosis high pressure vessel arrives today, we may try to get our money back.

Aug 1  - Moved to Coos Bay.  The wind was suppose to be 10-15 out of the West so we were looking to sail the whole way.  The wind ended up 10 out of the south, right on the nose.  The bar crossing at Umpqua River was exciting.  We left at 0530 and the Coast Guard went out a few minutes earlier to check the bar.  When we got to the bar, the Coast Guard had a strobe light flashing.  They had restricted the bad to vessels over 40 feet.  Since we were 45, we proceeded.   We later heard one of the fishermen say on channel 68, "did you see that sailboat go out?  I bet his wives pucker factor was high".  It was exciting as Sunnyside dove into waves and scooped up 50 gallons or so of water every other wave.  Unfortunately I was to busy to take pictures.   There are some pictures as we approached and went across the Coos Bay Bar.  Coos Bay Bar is the "safest Bar on the Oregon coast".

July 31  - We will be moving on to Coos Bay tomorrow.  We plan to stay there about a week.  I will be replacing the RO water maker High Pressure unit/filter.  It has been making bad water and the best guess was a seal has went out letting salt water leak by.  Today was a repair day also.  The engine alternator was not charging well.  After several tests the problem was traced to a broken voltage sense wire to the regulator.  Had to change one of the engine pre-filters today as well.  The fuel sat around for a long time before retirement.  It may go through a few filters before the gunk is gone. 

July 28  - We got underway at 0400 for Winchester, OR.  The original plan was to go all the way to Coos Bay, another 20 miles, but the Umpqua River Bar sounded OK to cross so we did.  Starting the day at 0400, means getting up at 0300.  It is real dark out there at that time which is not bad being out at sea, but dark always makes coming in and out of a harbor more of a challenge.    The Newport bar was very active that morning.  They were dredging, several fishing vessels came in, and even the Coast Guard was out pulling something into the harbor.  I guess we were the only ones leaving.  Nice sunrise picture in the album now though.

July 27  - A couple of folks headed to Alaska from CA pulled into the harbor.  They were having some charging issues and I was happy I was able to help Ron and Bob out.  Not good to be in the ocean with no 12 volts to run things.  I told them I did not want to be paid, just wanted to help, but Ron insisted on buying us dinner at his son's place in Eureka.  Ron says the "Silver Lining" is a great place to eat and proceeded to describe some of the specialties.  My mouth was watering by the time he got through, so I guess we will spend some extra time in Eureka.  Thanks in advance Ron. 

July 26  - It has been a week of traveling and seeing the sites here in Newport.  We visited the Oregon Coast Aquarium and it would have been better with Willy still there, but it was good.  We are going to be delayed a day to let our mail catch up.  Need to do something different for mail.  It was recommended that we use the $5 two day packages.  Sounds like a plan.      The days delay means we will be heading directly into the wind on the way to Winchester Bay.  We will be using the Iron Genny I guess. (Diesel Engine!)

July 21  - Started the day at 0400 with a departure from Garibaldi at 0500.  We went out with the tide and came into Newport, OR about 10 hours later.  Newport has an easy bar to cross.  Coming in with the tide we gained about 2 knots of speed.  The Port of Newport seems to be a number one place to visit.  Great docks, free bus around town, $1 Landry, etc, etc, etc. 

Per Captain Woody's recommendation we had dinner at the Rogue Brewery near the port.  It was great and the beer was great as well. 

We ran into our first fellow MX cruisers from Portland on S/V Tamara.  Marili and Dave are a bit ahead of us in schedule and were just leaving Newport, but it is a small ocean and I am sure we will meet up again.

We plan to be here a week and then head farther south.

July 14  - Ordered new parts.  Thank you ABB Western team for the West Marine gift card as the blocks are not cheep.  The rest of the week we played tourist and took the buss to Tillamook to check out the cheese factories.  Plan to get underway to Newport next Monday or Tuesday, weather permitting.

July 12  - Left Smuggler's Cove for Garibaldi.  Winds were still high and the sea was a bit rough, but as a result of the main sheet blocks we motored to Garibaldi.

July 11  - Finally underway from Ilwalco to Smuggler's Cove.  Winds were in the 35 knot with high seas all week.  Finally able to leave Ilwalco.  Winds in the afternoon kicked up and when I put the main down, I noticed we had 2 main sheet blocks that had broken.  The night at Smuggler's Cove was rough.  Stayed in the cockpit all night on anchor watch.  Caught some sleep, not much.

July 2 - In Ilwalco, WA for the holiday with the kids

July 1  - Underway down Columbia River - The adventure begins. Spent night in Cathlamet where  they have great 25 cent showers.


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