Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Oxnard - Marina Del Rey - Newport

We have been enjoying ourselves as we harbor hop down the California coast.  From Santa Barbara we headed to Oxnard.  I was looking forward to this trip, Oxnard is a town that I've always wanted to visit.  We docked at the amazing Pacific Corinthian Yacht Club.  They had beautiful facilities, docks, and a pool.  We met a great family and crew on Schooner Martha (schoonermartha.org).  Martha is a 68 foot schooner built in the early 1900's.  She  has been lovingly restored by the foundation and has been hosting sailing training out of the Port Townsend area.   They are now on a journey down to the Sea of Cortez after sailing through the Channel Islands and California Coast.  We enjoyed a yummy pancake breakfast aboard, thanks to 11 year old Mary, and the girls had a blast swimming together.  We hope to run into them again south of the boarder.




Pizza delivery via kayak.


We were not disappointed by Oxnard.  They had everything a cruiser could need within walking distance - laundry facilities, Ralph's, Rite Aid, West Marine, banks, Dollar Store, and Taco Bell.  The waterfront area reminded me of something you would see in Florida.  There were several waterfront homes with their own docks connected to channels that lead into the main marina area.  In the evenings there would be several small electric pontoon style boats going through the channels as the couples onboard sipped their wine and watched the setting sun.  Not a bad lifestyle.

After two nights in Oxnard it was time to move on to Marina Del Rey, about 40 nm south.  We pulled into Marina Del Rey just as the sun was setting.  We could tell as we dodged the sailing dinghies and rowing club, while listening to the sirens in the distance, that this was not the relaxing scene we were used to.  We stayed overnight and had a nice visit with Jake's parents who drove up from Irvine.

The next day we took off for Newport.  We met up with Jake's parents and planned to stay a few days to visit with them before we headed off to foreign lands.  It was great to be able to explore the area by car rather than foot.  We found a great store called Minney's in Costa Mesa that carries used sailing equipment.  We went there three times in two days (Curt & Susan thank you for your patience) and got a great deal on a used head sail.

The highlight of Newport was looking at all of the gorgeous waterfront houses.  We strolled through Balboa Island and I couldn't help but peer through the windows.  All of the houses had their own unique style and unique price tag (anywhere from $2-11 million in case you were wondering).  No thank you.

Overall, Newport reminded me of the typical OC image portrayed on reality TV.  There were plenty of clients to keep the cosmetic surgeons' wallets fat.  The yacht club hosted events during our stay were even 9 year old boys wore suits and little girls wore white gloves and elegant dresses.  Every night on the water, there was a floating party on one of the numerous gigantic party boats.  There was constant loud music and flashing lights.  It was pretty much like Vegas on water. After five nights, it was time to move on...





If I lived in a house...it would look something like this.





Fun with Grammie!


My kind of church.





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