Saturday, June 23, 2018


Birthday wishes came in from literally around the world, i.e., South Africa, Baja Sur Mexico, the Netherlands, and from here in the states New Hampshire, Utah, Hawaii, Arizona, Oregon, Tennessee, Florida, Massachusetts and California. A big THANK YOU to all the well-wishers and to the Admiral who made this 71st extra special.

We spent the week in Big Geiger Cove where we swam, snorkeled, hiked, fished, and just plain relaxed. And the crew from Tranquilo (five young'uns and two dads) even sang a "Happy Birthday" to me the morning of my birthday. The entire week was amazing and the ultimate treat.

A satellite view of Big Geiger. The blue dot was our location in the cove.

The Admiral and love of my life.

Serenity Now in the foreground next to sister ship Tranquilo.

Aligning with the cosmos and taking in some chi.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Yesterday was a day to celebrate and renew old friendships that go back a long way. The 1977 DHHS Baseball South Coast League Champions gathered on Serenity Now at the anchorage in the harbor for an afternoon of stories, laughs and recollections of good times. PLUS, two members of the '77 crew, Coach "Z" and Coach Romero, just won the 2018 Division I CIF Baseball crown for Capo Valley. Congrats boys! It truly was a wonderful day with champions.



Back row L to R; "Z", Tom, Stu, Mark, Brad
Front row: Jim, Steve, Coach, John

Friday, June 8, 2018


It's 18 minutes long, about King's Canyon, but make sure you don't miss the end. Enjoy!


Nothing can match the smell of sizzling bacon and a camp fire to start your day, especially when it's in one of our most favorite places in the world, Cedar Grove in King's Canyon. The south fork of the King's River runs along one side of the camp area so there's the continual soothing sound of rushing water 24/7. Mix in an occasional black bear sighting, a deer or two, an off-trail rattlesnake and a visit from two OC sailors, and presto, you have the making of a perfect week.

The Hilton

Mighty proud of this wood pile.

The crew.

Saturday, May 26, 2018


After a week of over cast, drizzly days, the sun came out yesterday in all of its' glory and today was a beautiful repeat. With a SW wind we were able to parallel the San Clemente coastline and enjoy a leisurely afternoon sail. Just remember what Mark Twain said,

"Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the dock lines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sail. Explore. Dream. Discover."

Some days are just better.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


El Jeffe and the capt departed Dana Point under cloudy skies and a bumpy sea to meet up with JR at the Isthmus for a long weekend. We settled in at Big Geiger Cove, home to the Blue Water Cruising Club. Apparently the BWCC were all cruising because we had their cove all to ourselves. It was a perfect weekend with one exception, the air and water temp could have been five degrees warmer. Oh well, maybe next time.

JR on the hunt.

The boyz in action.

An uncle and his nephew.

Big Geiger Cove, Santa Catalina Island.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Captain Cabo and Señora Debbie asked us to spend a week with them in La Abundancia, and was it ever a great time. The air temp was in the high 70's and low 80's with an almost ever present breeze from the south. Water temp was a delightful 75 degrees. Señora Deb is a master chef and Captain Cabo was anxious to get his 16' Whaler in the water. All of this made for a wonderful visit to a beautiful spot with good friends, who can ask for more!

We followed two humpbacks being accompanied by a pod of dolphins.

Capt's Whaler anchored in front of his casa.

We saw thousands (no exaggeration) of flying and flopping manta rays.

The sunrises and sunsets were beautiful. This is a sunset.

Dennis and Donny had time, when they weren't fishing, to do a little stand up paddling.

PS: Notice there are no fish pics. That's because after many hours and five days of fishing, only three fish were landed and none of them were picture worthy. We did a lot of fishing but very little catching.