Sunday, June 11, 2017

THE BIG SEVEN-O

In the past, the capts 50th and 60th birthdays were celebrated at the Dana Point Marina and this year's 70th was no exception. An intimate group of family and friends gathered aboard Serenity Now for a fun-filled afternoon on the hook at Danalina. The day marked the first ever "Great Nesporado Paddle Challange" where participants vied in two events, the Stand Up Sprint and the grueling Stand Up Long Distance race. We had a blast.

It's the friends we meet along the way that help us appreciate the journey. Have a great journey!








Sunday, May 28, 2017

WHERE DO SAILORS GO ON MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND?

This weekend marks the beginning of the boating summer season for thousands of mariners across America. We decided to forego a trip to the crowded shores of Catalina and try a few nights in Newport Harbor. There's a beautiful anchorage east of Lido Isle that we have frequented in the past. We arrived on a Thursday and by Saturday morning, it was time to leave. Don't expect to avoid the crowds on this weekend. Happy Memorial Day!
Our view the first evening.

Friday morning hike on the peninsula. 

We briefly explored Emerald Bay in Laguna Beach. Looks like a nice anchorage for sometime in the future. 

Sunday, May 14, 2017

NO WHALES, NO WORRIES

It appears that the whale migration north is over for those of us in Dana Point but the fun continues. Today some good friends, first-timers on Serenity Now, joined us for a rollicking and bumpy sail. A three foot west swell was mixing with a SE wind swell but the sun was out so all went well. Before calling it a day, we dropped the hook at Danalina to enjoy tons of yummy food and drink. Great day!



Saturday, May 6, 2017

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

It looks like the Isthmus will never be the same.






Wednesday, May 3, 2017

BLUE SKY BLUE WATER DAY

The Admiral and I took to the water to enjoy the day in search of the gray baleens that are now migrating north. We found a crusty pair just outside the main jetty making their journey north. Another great whale-watching day.

The Admiral doing her thing.

They were so near the shore we couldn't get to close.



They played thread-the-needle going around the point and inside San Juan Rock.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

QUOTE FOR THE DAY

The idea is to die young...as late as possible.