Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monterey to Morro Bay

We had a great time exploring Monterey Bay.  The sea life was amazing.  There were sea lions everywhere.  Sea otters could be seen at any given time floating on their backs eating their fresh catch.  One morning we woke up to a whale watching boat tour guide on her PA talking about dolphins.  We looked outside and sure enough there was a pod of dolphins dancing between our boat and the beach.  Oh, and there was a Taco Bell and Trader Joe's within walking distance.  Speaking of walking, we have been walking anywhere from 3-5 miles a day.

During our stay in Monterey, we chose to tie up to a guest mooring bouy.  We like the idea of staying out of marinas for privacy and budget purposes.  Staying on a mooring bouy allowed us access to the marina wifi, showers, and laundry facilities.  The downfall to this is the fact that the moorings are not protected by the breakwater.  This means that the ocean swell rolls right into the bay and sends Ohana into bronco bucking madness.  The first two nights were okay.  The last two were not.  Keep in mind that we have been living "on the hook" for a year in HMB.  We know about boat wake and the gentle swell of the ocean.  There was nothing gentle about this.  The best part was being beam to the swell and feeling like a baby being rocked in a cradle by a mama on crack.  If you've ever had the pleasure of experiencing this, you know exactly what I mean. 

We left Monterey at 10am Sunday and headed out for what we expected to be about a 24 hour run to Port San Luis.  Yes, you can drive there in 2.5 hours... This was to be our first overnight trip with the girls on the boat.  I had mixed emotions about this.  On one hand, I was excited to have them experience the millions of stars and dolphins riding our wake.  On the other hand, I like to sleep at night.  Everyone did just fine though.  We were all a bit tired the next day.  The girls were up at dawn and excited about sailing into a new port.  We ended up stopping in Morro Bay rather than Port San Luis to save some time.  We pulled up to the Morro Bay Yacht Club (MBYC) dock at noon and took a giant nap. 

Good Morning!

The MBYC has a nice linear dock with water and power hook ups.  Lynne is very friendly and accommodating.  The bathroom & shower facilities are the nicest I have seen thus far.  We are on the dock with a Canadian who is heading to Mexico.  We have also met the crew of a boat headed home to  Nicaragua.  We now have Nicaraguan friends and a beachfront home to stay in down there.  We seem to meet someone new everyday.  The sailing community is very friendly. 

Ohana and friends on the MBYC dock

The town of Morro Bay is quite nice.  They have a great waterfront lined with shops and restaurants.  There are is an Albertsons, Rite Aid, and Dollar Store within walking distance.  They also have cheap diesel and propane at their fuel dock. 

Our next port of call will be Santa Barbara.  Depending on weather, we will head out tomorrow night or Thursday.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Half Moon Bay to Monterey

We left Half Moon Bay at 6am Monday morning (9/22).  The whole crew was excited for our first day of cruising.  Even the kids were up and ready for adventure at an early hour.  It was cute to watch them chatting to each other, snuggled in their bunks, about where we were going and what to expect. 

The seas were smooth but there was a long, rolling ocean swell.  We motored all morning and finally picked up some wind close to Pigeon Point.  We pulled into Santa Cruz and were tied up to the dock by 3pm.  We love Santa Cruz Harbor.  They have nice clean docks and facilities, although a bit overpriced at $50/night.  We met fellow cruisers, John & Sheldon on S/V A Deux.  They are heading down to San Diego.  I'm sure we'll be following each other down.

Today we headed to Monterey.  It was a nice short run at only 22 NM - no wind.  We spotted several whales breeching.  Luckily, not too close to the boat.  We also saw some dolphins, sea lions, seals, and otters.  We are currently tied to a mooring ball.  I'm listening to the sea lions bark from the wharf and the waves gently lapping on the shore nearby.  We plan on staying here for a few days to let a weather system pass.  I'm excited to take the girls to some museums and do some exploring on kayaks. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

We're Cruising!

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

We're Ready!

Preparations are underway for our BIG journey down the coast.  My last day of work is Saturday.  We are planning to scoot out of Half Moon Bay Monday morning.  We definitely do not have the to-do-list that we had last year leaving Washington.  Most major boat projects are done. 

Jake and I have been taking advantage of Amazon Prime to get some last minute boat bits.  He ordered spare steering cables, courtesy flags,  and some other random boat spares.   I ordered a collapsible mixing bowl.  Yes, we have different priorities. 

We have renewed our Boat US membership, joined a yacht club, sold the car, secured off-shore boat insurance, and started a new school year.  Check, Check, and Check

Oh, and we did manage to have some fun over the past few weeks.  We took a spontaneous road trip to Sacramento.  I was impressed with their riverfront, touristy area.  We took the girls to the Capital Building and had a great lesson on government.  The Mexican President just happened to be arriving that day, so we watched the procession. Last week we drove down to Pasadena and took the girls to the One Direction concert, then turned around and surprised them with a trip to Disneyland the next day.  Life is good.

Excited to be at the Capital Building...

"OMG Mom take the dumb picture."

Crowded Pillar Point anchorage on a beautiful Labor Day weekend.

Maverick's  Beach