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We are out here doing it! Currently, we are heading to Bahia Magdelena from Bahia de Tortugas (254 NM Nautical miles)

We spent two WINDY nights at Isla San Benito. A beautiful little bay, with a tiny town at the tip. We arrived mid-day on Sunday and shared the bay with a fishing boat and a bunch of pangas. We decided this would be an appropriate time to figure out the leak in dingy, since it was sitting on deck. Found about a one inch slit (that had been there since we bought the boat!) and decided to repair. Once the repair was almost complete, read that repair should sit 24 hours to completely dry!!! Bummer! We were looking forward to going to shore, checking out the village, stretching our legs and walking around a bit. We thought, no worries we could do that tomorrow even though we were expecting a storm.

Haha, apparently Mother Nature had other ideas for us, as the wind picked up and stayed around 25 knots with wind waves and whitecaps! Not a good time to lower the dingy from the deck into the water. Not a good time to lower the motor onto the stern of dingy. And it was too windy to row. Hmmm, looks like we will have to stay aboard until the wind mellows.

We had very little rain, but the wind continued to blow and blow. MAIA hung in well at anchor, but was sailing back and forth, the noises and action aboard felt like we were out at sea. At least, we got to try out our new flopper stopper (reduces the rocking motion while anchored). It really helped!

As the windy conditions continued, we decided to pull up anchor on Tuesday morning and head to Bahia de Tortugas (Turtle Bay). Disappointed that we were not able to go ashore, but we had a lovely sail and arrived in Turtle Bay after dark. We motored into the bay and anchored. It was a much calmer night and we got a good night’s rest.

Wednesday morning, we had a lovely breakfast and discussed our schedule for heading South. We decided Bahia de Magdelena would be the next major destination. We have options of stopping at several anchorages along the way (to break up the trip) or doing another couple day overnight. As always, our final decision will be made depending on wind and weather.

A panga came by to see if we wanted to purchase fuel. We asked what the price would be and estimated how much we needed. When they came back with the fuel the price was higher! Very frustrating as they are the only game in town.

Also decided that this would be a good spot to test the watermaker and get it working. So, after 2 days of adjusting this and that, we made our first batch of water! Now we are even more self-sufficient!

We explored the town of Bahia de Tortuga a couple times. We walked on the few paved streets as well as the dirt roads. We found a little market and were able to pick up eggs, a little fruit and a few veggies. We met some of the other Cruisers when we stopped into Maria’s. Unfortunately, the cantina was closed, although cruisers were hanging out there and using internet.

We also met our Turtle Bay anchorage neighbors, the Gilbert family (Kristin, John, Toby & Karis) on s/v Salt & Light. They have sailed down from the San Francisco area!

On Saturday evening just after Sunset and with the Full Moon rising we left Turtle Bay. We had good wind and the swell was a little bigger than expected, so I, Laura began the evening freaked out. But, after a while I was able to adjust and enjoy the beautiful evening with the full moon. It was so bright we could see land 10 miles away. It feels much safer to me, when you can see around you. The wind quieted down during the night and the afternoon. We motored for a while in the night, even though we are trying to sail as much as possible, to make the cruising kitty last longer.

The water is an Indigo blue, very different from the green we saw North of here. The swells have been between 4 and 6 feet. The winds max 15 knots. With the lighter winds we finally pulled out our Spindrifter (light wind Spinnaker sail). It has beautiful pink and blue stripes. We were happy with its performance, maybe giving us an extra knot of speed. Unfortunately, it hung really low off the side of the boat, so it was difficult to see. We will rig it differently next time to see if it will work a little better.

We are expecting to reach Magdelena Bay tomorrow and think we will stay a day or two before heading to Cabo! So exciting, we are so close to the Sea of Cortez! This is about the only place we both knew we wanted to spend time, as we read about other cruiser’s journey’s there. Stay tuned and we will let you know how it is!

Islas San Benitos!

Like a lizard finding shade!

Patching the dingy.

Our neighbor at Isla Benitos.

Red sky….

Outside the market in Turtle Bay.

New Friends on s/v Salt & Light; John, Toby, Kristin & Karis

La Luna rising in Bahia Tortuga.

Amazing sunset in Bahia Tortuga.

MAIA at anchor in Bahia Tortuga.

Dick installing watermaker.

In Turtle Bay with Ellie and the Full Moon!

Water maker installed!

Yea! We have water!!!

We checked-in to Ensenada, Mexico on March 1. It was a breeze. Our Marina, Baja Naval, set us with the paperwork needed to check-in. We had applied for our TIP (Temporary Import Permit) for MAIA online and were able to print it out. We walked down to the one-stop shop, for Immigration and the Port Captain. Everything would have been even smoother if we did not give them our expired Insurance information! Great to see Pat Oleta (thanks for your help) and meet his beautiful daughter, Linda!

We left Ensenada, yesterday, at dusk, about 1800. I was feeling pretty freaked out, I told Dick I was scared sh–less! We made it out through the islands off Ensenada and had a light dinner. Dick took the first shift, while I slept. It was a beautiful clear night, with a quarter moon, that set early in the night.

I took over about 0100 and was feeling a little uneasy, however with the amazingly clear night, I could see pretty well all around us. The stars were incredible, and water calm, it turned out to be quite enjoyable. Because of the lack of wind, we were motoring. Every 15 minutes we do a 360 look about, check the radar and AIS, and make sure we are on course.

To keep myself entertained I read and wrote. The time went by quickly and I was very happy with how comfortable I became. Dick took over around dawn and I promptly went back to sleep. During Dick’s shift there was a little wind and he tried to sail a bit, but we ended up motoring the next 24 hours! Since it was so calm, I was able to prep a lovely vegetable potato curry for dinner.

During the day when I can see all around us, there is a feeling of gratitude. Realizing how fortunate I am. When I see dolphins jumping and diving, I smile! It looks like they are having lots of fun.

Our second night, my shift started around 2300. However, this night there was fog, yet, when I looked up I could see beautiful stars up in the sky. I was mostly navigating by radar. Again, I started off feeling a little frightened, but within an hour I was back into the swing of things. When the fog cleared it was glorious. I could see all around us! At 0600 the wind picked up and we were able to sail to Isla San Benito. It was a beautiful morning with the sun shining and the wind blowing 5-10 knots. A perfect way to end our first double overnight passage together.

Patrick Oleta with daughter, Linda

Arriving in Ensenada.

We have arrived at Baja Naval in Ensenada.

Checking into Mexico at the Port Captain’s office.

Moon photo!

We continued preparing for our journey South to Baja and the Sea of Cortez. Not knowing when we would be returning to the US, we wanted to make sure we had everything we were going to need. Heaps of progress was made since our arrival in San Diego! Three solar panels purchased and installed. Sailrite sewing machine purchased, repair made on the Bimini, which was re-installed (and under two of the solar panels). Watermaker purchased and partially installed. (Still needs to be tested.) Weather programs investigated, purchased, apps installed. Tiller pilot purchased for Monitor wind vane. Wilderness First Aid and CPR classes taken. First Aid supplies purchased, and kit put together. Food purchased and stocked for the trip South.

We are loving the solar panels. Ever since they have been installed we have been free from shore power! We anchored for a week in Mariners Basin and had plenty of power. Yahoo! Oh yea, we had another surprise while anchored. We went out for brunch and when we arrived back to the boat, noticed MAIA was listing. By the time we climbed aboard it was obvious that we were aground. The wind had shifted, and the tide had gone out. Yikes! MAIA lied down nicely, we took naps while we were at a 20-30 degree tilt and once the tide was all the way out, Dick put on some new zincs! Always look at the bright side!!!

We decided to have an Open boat party to show off MAIA, and for family to see what our living quarters were like. It was so wonderful to share our “home”. The most exciting part was to have “Pop” Peek and Uncle Joe (both 90 somethings) aboard! We had a lovely visit and a fabulous afternoon. Another bonus was that friends Lauri & Chris Bushue were in town and we had some time to catch up.

After the weekend, an awesome surprise was to get a call from Ruth to say that brother Tommy and her mother, Carol were in town visiting. As we had just had Uncle Joe and Pop on the boat we knew we could get Carol aboard. They came down for a visit and it was so special for me to have Carol (my other Mother) aboard. I felt my mother, Joan smiling down upon us!

Before leaving for Mexico, we had some final administration work to do. Our boat insurance was updated for the trip into Mexico, and we purchased Mexican Liability Insurance. Our Temporary Import Permit, (TIP) was applied for and granted, fishing licenses purchased, evacuation insurance purchased. It is looking like when we get a good weather window, we will be on our way!

Water maker installed!

Woohoo, new solar panels installed!

Our new Sailrite sewing machine. Much needed to restitch the Bimini.

Dick and his Dad aboard MAIA

Dick and Uncle Joe

Jed, Janet and John

Brothers Jed & Casey Peek

Family time aboard MAIA

Uncle Joe, Laura & Pop Peek

John, Carol & Mick

Little man Joaquin, steering the boat

Uncle Dick, Joaquin and Papa Arturo

Three Generations! Lele, Isa, Mimi & Anna

Looking up at all the birds landing in the trees at Sunset.

Another beautiful full moon!

Awesome to have Carol & Tommy Coronelli from Chicagoland vist and come aboard MAIA. Also pictured, Jane & Greg Fox

Carol with her youngest, Tommy and oldest, Jane

Yea, Tommy Coronelli is visiting!!!

My “other mother” Carol!

So wonderful to have Carol aboard MAIA

Dick, Laura, Carol, Tom, Jane, Greg

Great to get a visit from Laurie and Chris Bushue

Great to see my sorority “little sister”, Lynn Scopinich Konen. in Pacific Beach

MAIA at Seaforth dock at Sunset

Yikes

Yep, we are aground!

Cute guy!

Filling up before leaving Mission Bay

Gorgeous Sunset with beautiful La Luna!

MAIA at anchor in Quivera Basin, Mission Bay

In Mission Bay

 

I took a quick trip to Utah and had a great time seeing friends and family, I even got a ski day in at Deer Valley! Park City had just gotten a bunch of snow so there was lots around, but the weather was beautiful when I was there. It was quite the contrast from Southern California, but so much fun!

Skiing Deer Valley, with Dee and DavidLee

Ski day with college buds! Sue McJames, Julie Guiney, Me & DavidLee

Hike in Round Valley with Debbie Seaver

More fun with old friends. Dave Christensen, Karen Shaw, Joan & Denny Mills, Me, Julie Guiney, Jill Painter, Sue McJames, David & Dee Lee, Dave Ringleberg, George Painter

That’s Samantha on my shoulders!

Beautiful day for a walk with Samantha, Angela & Dan.

Elaine & Beckham

Fun seeing good friend, Debbi Seaver

We are in San Diego, going into almost Year Two of living aboard MAIA. We will be in Mexico soon!

What have we learned in this first year? LOTS! Some of what we had been told. “All projects take longer… Owning a boat is expensive….  Living the dream is hard work!” While re-fitting the boat for cruising there has always been things to investigate; What to buy? What will work best for us? Who should we buy from? What is the best deal? Grocery shopping to do, meals to cook, walks for us and Ellie. New and old Friends and Family to socialize with. Fun to have. All work and no play make Laura & Dick cranky people!

We were re-reading our notes from our Mahina Expeditions Offshore cruising seminar, and it looks like we have done well with our progress. For a 15 plus year boat (MAIA is 25 years old) re-fitting takes a minimum 6-12 months and 1-1/2 – 2 yrs to get boat ready for passage making. Is MAIA ready for passage making? Close! (Are WE ready for passage making? Close!)

Love the sign on the dock box, just like we are back in Utah!

Captain Dick

Family photo

MAIA at Seaforth dock with beautiful rainbow.

Another amazing sunset in San Diego.

A hot cup of tea, in my favorite A16 mug

On November 23, we made our way to the Channel Islands Yacht Club. We felt comfortable leaving the boat there and rented a car to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with sister Jean and her family. We had a lovely dinner at Ryan and Lissa’s (I was able to give the babe in the womb a little suggestion that December 9 would be a good day to be born!) After dinner, we drove up to Jean & John’s home in the desert and had a great breakfast at their golf club the next morning.

By November 26, we had moved to Marina Del Rey and spent a couple fancy nights at the Del Rey Yacht Club. So fun to have Jean, John, Nikki & Teddy down for a Sunday brunch. On the 29th we arrived at the King Harbor Yacht club after a beautiful sail, Yea!!! It was fun to see the Yacht Club where our old neighbors Bob & Eva Brehm are members and to see Bob’s picture on the wall as a past Commodore! One evening we had dinner with old Park City friends, Pam, Tom and Henry Bakaly.

On December 2 we were in San Pedro and tied up to the guest dock at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. We enjoyed spending time with Hugo, and friends Ralph and Tricia Johns from s/v Toga, who hosted us for the lovely dinner in their home and included us in the Hurricane Gulch Yacht Club evening. Very enjoyable to watch the Parade of Lights from Hugo’s dock.

Our next stop was Two Harbors, (Mooring C11) at Catalina Island. We enjoyed our visit and spent some time on land, hiking and exploring the area. On December 6 we arrived in Oceanside Harbor, and were greeted on the dock by Joe with the Oceanside Yacht Club. Cousin Jocko came down for a quick visit and to check out the ride. Jane Fox whisked me away to the grocery store and we had a simple dinner that evening with Jane and Greg!

On December 7 we docked at Marina Village Marina and Conference Center in Mission Bay!!!! It felt really delightful to be in San Diego and know that we would be in the area for a while.

So exciting when Ruth (my high school bestie) & husband Ray Sullivan arrived from Chicago to celebrate my birthday! On December 9, we had a fun little party on the boat, as Ned, Leah and the almost 1 year old, Oliver Peek came down to celebrate with us. Oh yea, I received a great gift, my grandnephew Oliver Dale was born on my birthday. The next day, Jane and Greg came down for a day sail. We had a good time until it got a little rough, sorry Ruth & Ray!!!

The final month of 2016 went by quickly as we continued preparing the boat for our journey to Baja and the Sea of Cortez! We enjoyed spending time with friends and family while in the San Diego area.

Sisters!

Relaxing after Thanksgiving dinner, sister Jean, Teddy and Nikki

Nephews, Teddy and Ryan with Aunt Laura

Ryan, Lissa and soon to be??? Thanks for hosting Thanksgiving dinner!

Sailing, sailing over the deep blue sea…

We got some rain!

Lovely visit at the Del Rey Yacht Club, thank you!!!

Fun to watch these seagulls, coasting in the wind. Venice beach in the background.

Who said you needed snow to sled?

Beautiful scene at Venice Beach

It’s always great to have family aboard!

with nephews Nikki and Teddy

King Harbor Yacht Club

A lovely evening with Ralph, Tricia & Hugo

at King Harbor Yacht Club

Dick, Ellie and Maia at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club

Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club

Picking up balloons, it works good for a Person overboard drill!

M-I-C-K-E-Y

Oceanside Harbor

Wonderful to be greeted in Oceanside by Jane Coronelli Fox! (Thanks for the ride to the store.)

Brother Ned, Leah and Oliver aboard for Laura’s birthday celebration

Ned, Ruth & Ray partying for Laura’s birthday

Besties, Ruth & Laura

Thrill Seekers!

Took a cruise in the VW van

Out for a day sail with Jane, Dick and Greg Fox

Enjoying a beautiful San Diego day, with Ruth & Ray

Day sailing outside of Mission Bay

La Luna at Marina Village

Fun night with Sharon and Frank

Yahtzee!!!

Hazel and her new brother Oliver!

Oliver Dale, born December 9th! My grand-nephew and birthday twin!!!

Look at those curls!

Isa & Lele, Santa’s elves

Fresh herbs, a lovely decor. Thank you Jane Fox!

Christmas breakfast with the Peek boys; Dick, Pop, John, Bren, Casey, Jed and Joel

Papa Peek

Lovely Christmas dinner

A morning walk (at Seaforth Marina)

the Travelers from Utah. Wig, Teddy, Jimmy & Trevor (Surprise Mom, I am here!)

Williams, Ritter, Peek family

Driving the dingy to Campland

Happy 1st birthday Oliver (Peek)! with Mom, Erin & Pop, Ryan

Sunset in San Diego Bay

A fun evening with Tony, who was our dock neighbor in Point Hudson Marina. now in San Diego

Full moon

We left San Francisco on the morning of October 23 and headed South! We had a good trip and along the way, it was so fun to see family, old friends and make new friends.

Our first day out, we arrived in Half Moon Bay. As there was BIG swell, we spent several days in the harbor. We enjoyed walking around the area, it’s beautiful beaches and small part of town near the harbor. We were able to check out Mavericks, where there is a famous, big surf competition.

Next onto Santa Cruz, where we met up with my good college friend DavidLee, his wife Dee and cute dog Bella. Always awesome to get together! We had a fun afternoon out sailing around the bay. We also had dinner with ex-Parkite, Katie Cattan and her daughter. We walked to the waterfront wharf, did some grocery shopping, and ran into Ben Carey who Dick had sailed from Maine to Annapolis with. Ben gave us a ride back to the boat with all our groceries. (Our small little world!)

November 3, we arrived in Monterey, where we had some great times. Friends, Bruce & Bridget, from s/v Sojourn, came down and picked us up and brought us to their home near Moss Landing. So awesome to have a night off MAIA. On Sunday, they took us on a tour of the area. We had a nice lunch out and enjoyed spending time. Friend, Ed Johnson, from San Diego was working in Monterey, so we spent some fun times with him. We did a few touristy things; we visited Fisherman’s Warf and went to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, they had an exhibit on Baja! A little preview of things to come!

On November 2, we went to a bar to watch the Cubs win the World Series! It was so exciting!!! (Growing up in Chicago area, I was a fan as a young girl. Once a fan always a fan!) Unfortunately, when we got back to the boat Ellie was very stressed. Her anxiety had gotten the worse of her, she had chewed on the stairs, we assume trying to escape the boat. Not sure why, but this would be one of last times she stayed on the boat alone.

We also took a couple of day sails; one with Ed & Kathi Johnson, then also with Pam and Steve, who we met thru Ed! Definitely, lots of fun was had in Monterey!

On November 7, the weather looked good, so we sailed down to San Simeon Bay, and anchored below the Hearst Castle. The following day we were able to sail wing and wing to Morrow Bay. We stayed at the Yacht Club dock, and had a wonderful visit from Seth, Karen and Cosmo. As there was big swell, we needed to stay until weather improved. We enjoyed the lovely town, and beautiful sand beaches.

By November 11, we made our way south to the Cojo Anchorage and spent a beautiful night there. The next day we made it into Santa Barbara, and visited with friends Jolie & Scott. Sister Jean and John drove down from LA, we enjoyed a lovely afternoon, a beautiful sunset, and moon rise together. The next night Dick, Ellie and I went to Sterns Wharf, to watch a gorgeous full moonrise!

We arrived in Ventura on November 15 and spent a couple nights at the Ventura Yacht Club. We were greeted by several of the members and were informed that there was a potluck that night that we must attend. Jeff was nice enough to give me a ride to the grocery store, so we could pick up some food to share. We had an enjoyable dinner with the members. Definitely on the top of our list of friendly places.

Two days later, we were hauling out at the Ventura Boatyard. Our main project was to sand and re-paint the bottom. We spent 5 days “on the hard” and had our first experience of living in a boatyard. It is kind of like camping, as you cannot use your sinks, toilet etc. They had restroom and a shower nearby, so it worked ok. We had a big set of steps to get up to the deck and cockpit. It was tough for Ellie at the start, but by the end she was a champion! While in the yard, everything gets super dirty, so glad once we launched! We spent a lovey night at the Ventura Isle Marina before continuing our journey South.

It is a Pelican party at Half Moon Bay.

Looking out towards Mavericks, famous surf spot.

Ellie standing, rocking with the movement of the boat!

Santa Cruz lighthouse

The DavidLee family (David, Dee and Bella)

Out for a sail (Dick, Laura, David, Dee and Bella)

Nice look!

Katie and daughter

Santa Cruz lighthouse

at Santa Cruz Boardwalk

Amazing to run into Ben in Santa Cruz! Thanks for the ride.

Happy to be on a big bed in a house!

Bruce & Bridget, from s/v Sojourn

MAIA at the dock in Monterey

at Monterey Bay aquarium

Cubs Win the World Series!

Enjoying the company of Ed and Kathi Johnson

Dick, Laura and Ed in Monterey Harbor

Day sailing with Pam and Steve

Beautiful Moon at Sunset in San Simeon bay

Nephew Seth with Uncle Dick

Laura, Karen and Cosmo

Coho anchorage

We love sailing wing and wing!

MAIA in Morrow Bay

Happy Ellie

Sand dunes in Morrow Bay

Beautiful sunrise in Morrow Bay.

Seals in Morrow Bay

The sun is rising as we leave Morrow Bay

Fun visit with Jolie and Scott in Santa Barbara

Sunset and Moonrise with Sister Jean and John in Santa Barbara

Moonrise in Santa Barbara

Full Moon rise at Sterns Wharf in Santa Barbara

On our way South, between Santa Barbara and Ventura

Sunset on the beach in Ventura

That way to VYC!

MAIA at the Ventura Yacht Club Dock. A really awesome club!

Rah’s homemade granola, YUM!

Haul out time for MAIA

A major sand and new paint job by Captain Dick. Happy with the job!

Back in the water, yea! Sunset at Ventura Isle Marina.

Friday October 21, we said goodbye to Grand Marina in Alameda. We had a FUN day, sailing along the Waterfront and across the Bay to the San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor! On Saturday, cousins Denise and Mark Beeson came down to go for a sail with us, on the Bay. So fun to spend time with the cousins! What a beautiful afternoon and evening it was. We were treated to a green flash under the Golden Gate Bridge and an amazing sunset afterward. It was a wonderful way to end our time in San Fran! We expect to start heading South tomorrow!

San Francisco in the distance

Cranking the Genoa, we are sailing!

Cousins Mark & Denise

Fun sailing around the bay!

Cousin Mark Beeson, I was named after is grandmother, Laura Margaret!

Wonderful fun, sailing on the bay. (With Mark, Denise, Laura, Dick)

Sunset on San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate bridge behind us!

An Amazing Sunset at the Golden Gate Bridge!

We decided to take a quick road trip back “home” to Park City. We left on Sept 22 and on the way, we stopped to visit The Blackards, and meet our grand nephew, William. Then onto Utah, to support and visit friends and family. It felt great to be back in the old hood. By October 3 we were heading back “home” to MAIA, ⛵️⚓️ who was waiting for us at Grand Marina in Alameda.

On the last night of our passage to San Francisco, Dick noticed the boom was sitting on the dodger, (not a good thing). When we inspected the mast, we found that the gooseneck (the part that holds the boom onto the mast) had fractured. Yikes! Now we would find a solution, and have it fixed. We decided to have Svensons Marine, fix the crack and add a wrap around so it will be super strong. A few other projects were completed. We loved Blue Pelican Marine, where we picked up some used winches.

October 6, the Peek clan arrived in San Francisco, for the celebration of Devin and David’s wedding. We had several family members stay aboard and had a fun breakfast aboard Maia before heading south to Carmel and Big Sur. It was a fun weekend camping and attending the events. Congratulations Devin & David!  Trevor stayed after the events and we had fun exploring San Francisco together!

River Birch Ct., Park City

Beautiful Moon at Grand Marina in Alameda.

Peek family brunch on MAIA!

Peek Boys! (John, Bob, Riley, Jonas & Joel)

Good Morning! (Camping in Carmel by the Sea.) Laura, Wig & Teddy

Johnny boy, the pancake man

Congratulations to All! Devin & David’s big day.

Sunrise in Alameda

The new Boom Gooseneck!

Beautiful La Luna!

Beautiful new gooseneck, installed!

Our journey on the great Pacific from Neah Bay, WA to San Francisco, CA was a good one! We traveled 714 nautical miles in 5 days and 5 nights, with one quick stop in Coos Bay (fuel, showers and a walk for Ellie!). We met crew member Chris Bushue in Port Angeles (along with his wife Lauri and cutie dog, Jelly Bean, who spent one night with us). We did our final provisioning and had a wonderful Thai Dinner in PA.

We left Port Angeles, September 11 and were greeted quickly by the Dependable (or as others refer to it Relentless) Pacific Swell. The Swell are the big waves that are notorious on the Ocean. They are less intense when the weather is mild, but increase in height and severity with increased wind and weather. These were big rolly, swell, that is not too bad when you have been out on the Ocean for a few days, but when just starting out, can cause sea sickness. Luckily for Dick and me, we have fairly strong systems, Dick especially, so he does not seem to be bothered. I take some natural sea sickness medicine, use acupressure wrist bands, suck on Ginger candy and keep out in the cockpit and in the clear air. So far, I have done well.

When we arrived in Neah Bay, we ran into some friends we had met at Sullivan Bay, in BC, Janneke and Wietze from SY Anna Caroline. When we met them, they had sailed all the way from Holland, South to Cape Horn, then North to Alaska and were then in British Columbia! They too, were now on there way South to San Francisco. It was great to talk and get advice from some experienced cruisers! We stayed in touch via email on the entire trip down the coast. It was so great to have that communication.

After much uneasiness, Ellie the salty dog learned how to do her business on board. All of us humans felt as relieved as she did!

We had a couple rough spots on the trip. One night the wind changed to the South and with the North current the waves were very choppy. We slowed down and were able to cut through the waves a little easier. Our most excitement happened late afternoon, on September 15, as we were approaching Cape Mendocino, the wind increased, with 35-40 knot gusts and the swell increased to 6-7 feet. It was very exciting (and scary). Dick went up on deck to set up the staysail, but as soon as the sail was ready, the wind had died back down to 11 knots.

Dick’s summation of the trip in one word was “mellow”, mine was, “adventurous”. We (mostly Dick) did a great job with looking at the weather and keeping us in mostly calm conditions. We were able to sail the last 24 hours of the trip!

Chris, Lauri & Jelly Bean Bushue. Preparing for our trip to San Francisco. Chris came along as crew. (Sept 11, 2017)

Selfie of the Bushue’s and us in Port Angeles before departing on our adventure down to San Francisco.

Woohoo! Heading out of Port Angeles on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Next stop Neah Bay. With Chris Bushue, our crew for our trip down the Coast. So happy is is aboard!

Enjoying the beautiful morning after leaving Neah bay. (Sept 12, 2016)

Rounding Cape Flattery, wind and waves are picking up.

Sunset on the Great Pacific. (Sept 12, 2016)

Sunrise on the Great Pacific Ocean. Somewhere along the Coast of Washington or Oregon (Sept 13, 2016)

So fun to have the dolphins visit us! (They are camera shy, lucky to get a shot.)

Our gorgeous new Genoa!

A little cloud and fog but the moon still shone thru. It helps my confidence when it is brighter out at night. (Sept 14, 2016)

Not a selfie photo. Great having Chris aboard.

Ellie learned to brace in the big waves and swell! Our Salty dog!!!

See the waves behind Chris? The wind and waves tended to pickup in the afternoon.

The wind and swells picked up, Captain Dick is in his element.

Skipper Chris loving the wind and waves.

Less wind and waves make Laura a happy girl!

Please, please. please. Can we go to shore for a potty break?

Cooking an enchilada dinner, earlier in the day before the wind picks up. Notice how the stove is tilted (gimbaled). It rotates with the boat.

Snuggling up. Getting close to San Francisco.

Wohoo, San Francisco is dead ahead!!! We made it!!! (Sept 17, 2016)

We made it to San Francisco!

Happy crew, we made it!!! (Sept 17, 2016)

Thank you Chris Bushue. It was great to have you along.

Happy Captain!