Saturday, August 30, 2014

A Sunset from Half Moon Bay...

Our days are limited here in Half Moon Bay. As I write this from our cockpit pelicans are diving for their dinner and the sky is on fire, again. We will miss this "temporary" home, however our time has come to find warmer climates. The days are getting shorter and cooler temps are around the corner.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

S/V Palarran

Exactly a year ago today (August 26, 2013) we completed our journey south from Seattle, WA to Half Moon Bay, CA. During our travels we met several cruisers, all on the journey south sharing a very similar lust for the open sea and adventure. It takes a special kind of person to do the things we do, yeah that's right, we are special people.

We met CB and Tawn on S/V Palarran while waiting out crap weather in Newport, OR. We enjoyed spending time with them, sharing stories, and consuming sailor brews. They are now in El Salvador with upcoming plans to head further south to Panama, then onto the great South Pacific islands.

Check out their blog:

Hopefully we can catch up with them and make some travels together. In meantime, it's all about the JOOSE!!!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Countdown Begins!

We have really enjoyed our time in the Bay Area, specifically the coast-side and Half Moon Bay. We have enjoyed the many beaches, learned to surf, watched numerous wildlife, explored several Bay Area cities, hiked, attended the America's Cup Race, attended world class surfing contest Mavericks Invitational, and watched the stars from our boat at night (on clear nights), all while dreaming of what is beyond the harbor breakwater.

A land based life is very demanding while living on the water. We are all ready to cut the lines and set sail again. While living in this area (with one foot on land) yet again, we have noticed most people are rushed, unhappy, over consumed with material items, and overall living a "boxed" lifestyle. My only response to those people is to live your life to its fullest, follow your heart, and seek enjoyment in the world God has provided us. The bottom line: Life is meant to be Lived...

This transitional stopping point has served us well and now it is time to move southbound, chasing the sunshine exploring distant shores. As I write, hundreds of cruising sailors are preparing to head south into Mexico and beyond, most converging in San Diego during the month of October, the last US port. We plan on heading south mid-September, taking our time enjoying the California coast.

We will keep our blog more "up to date" detailing our travels and sharing our adventures as we move southbound.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Flying Rats

This post is for the birds...I will start on a positive note. 

One beautiful morning, I was commuting to work via kayak. It was about 6:45 am, the sea was calm, the morning sunshine was gleaming on the pond like water, there was a quiet serenity in the air.  As I passed the inner breakwater, I heard a faint "chirp-chirp, chirp-chirp."  It was the kind of chirping that could only come from innocent newly hatched birds.  Sure enough, I look up at the nest on top of the breakwater to see three seagull chicks, chirping to be fed by their daddy seagull.  What a way to start the day!  I just had to stop and watch them for a minute.  They had the softest looking, fuzzy little heads with black spots on top.  Quite adorable.  Then I thought, what a life I have.  Some people rush to work in their cars only to get stuck in a traffic jam.  Here I am, potentially late to work because I stopped to observe the beauty of nature.  Not bad.

I continued to observe these adorable chicks over the next few weeks.  There were about twelve or so that hatched on the breakwater.  I noticed that two "daddy" seagulls would stand guard and watch over a group of 2-3 chicks.  They would squawk like crazy if the pelicans or crazy girl with a camera in a kayak would get too close.  I was amazed at how quickly they grew.  A month later they were almost full grown. 

Speaking of full grown seagulls... (this is the negative note, seagull lovers need not read any further)
We are at war with the seagulls, aka flying rats.  These pests have continued to harass our boat lately.  There are two in particular.  Yes, they all look alike, but trust me we know.  These two gulls live on an abandoned sailboat anchored near our boat.  They chill on this other boat then fly over to our boat as if it is the nearest Porta-Potty.  They come and sit on top of our radar and let loose all of their intestinal goodies.  The poop drips from the radar pole, onto our bimini, and all over the stern of the boat.  Did you know that seagull poop comes in many different colors?  There is white, red, black... They also land on our solar panels and let loose.  So much so, that the poop blocks the solar cells and we are not charging as much as we should.  This drives Jake nuts.  We go to the dock and wash down the boat and the next day, poop!  So, one day, I came home from work to see this...

Giant inflatable eye balls ordered on Amazon.  They are supposed to scare the seagulls away.  Don't waste your money, they don't work.

Now, I'm not a killer.  But I must say bad thoughts have entered my head - bread laced with poison, bb guns, sling shot, strangulation.  We finally settled on a high powered water gun.  We figured this would probably be safer and set a better example for the children.  So far, so good.  Seagulls do not like to be blasted with a stream of water and fly away.