We’ve tucked Yohelah into a marina in San Diego for a month. We’re going to go on a little road trip to see the Grand Canyon, the balloon fiesta in Albuquerque (and Lisa Stewart Gunderson and Debbie Cook), and my dad in Yuma. We’ll be back here in a week and then Rob will fly up to Seattle to see his parents. Then Leslie & Fred will come down here for a weekend and after that it’s time to get us and the boat ready for Mexico and the Haha.
Southern California has been wonderful. In Santa Barbara we bicycled and did some boat jobs, ran into friends from Seattle, and met some other folks headed for Mexico. After Santa Barbara we spent two days motoring and sailing out to Catalina. T2 (Teresa Lennstrom) and Linda came down and hung out with us for a couple of days. The Santa Ana winds were building when we were in Avalon, though, so we ended up sailing over to Long Beach. Carol Hasse (our sailmaker in Port Townsend) had put us in contact with Cherie, the owner of a Baba40 named Karma in Long Beach, and she found us a slip in her marina to hang out in for a couple of days. T2 flew back to Seattle and we headed south, sailing alongside Karma on a spectacular day down to Newport Yacht Basin.
We sat on a hook in Newport for 3 days and enjoyed the harbor, then did two day trips down to Oceanside and into San Diego. We stayed at the city dock for a couple of days until the marina had a slip, where we came today. Amazingly, about 40 minutes after we pulled in, a boat that was across the dock from us at Shilshole pulled into the slip next to us. Chris and Dani on Kinship are also Haha-ing south. Yesterday we spent the afternoon hanging out with some other folks from K-Dock at Shilshole, Leigh & Peter on Marcy.
Today on Yohelah we’re enjoying the Southern California fall weather and looking forward to our little road trip…..