Monday, August 7, 2017

TO BE FORTY AGAIN

We celebrated Adam's big Four-O in beautiful summer like conditions. Being a whitewater river guide, the birthday boy was right at home.


You hav'in fun Adam?

L to R: Jody, Mindy, the Admiral, Patti, Adam and the capt. 
 

Thursday, July 27, 2017

TRIP ONE HUNDRED TEN

The Admiral and I spent six nights on the hook; five on the backside in Little Harbor and Cat Harbor and the final evening on the front side at Willow Cove. To say we had and incredible time is an understatement. The weather, water, food and anchorages were all spectacular, and they were real! (A little Seinfeld humor) Leaving Cat Harbor we traveled around the rugged west end and Santa Barbara Island was visible in the distance. A marvelous trip and island circumnavigation.

A pod of dolphins escorting us to the island.

Settled in at Little Harbor. We had to reset the bow anchor at 1:30 AM because of a minus tide. Slightly challenging when it's pitch black outside.

Our buddy Harbor John.

Capt's two loves... the Admiral and Serenity Now.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

ZAMBIA

Zambia has some of nature's best wildlife and game reserves in the world. The Zambezi River (AKA the Zamboozi and the Zambreezy) flows 1600 hundred miles to Victoria Falls and is a play ground for crocks, hippos and countless other unique creatures. No water skiing here!  The silt-laden river also marks the boundary between Zimbabwe and Zambia. A magical spot when staying at Old Mondoro or the Chiawa Camps in the Lower Zambezi National Park.





SOUTH AFRICA

Africa is the world's second largest continent, second only to Asia. The country of South Africa is the continent's gem gleaming with it's friendly people, beautiful beaches, gorgeous mountains, sprawling farmlands, luring vineyards and thriving economy. The cost of living is unreal (based on the Nesporado Cost of Living Index which measures the cost of one beer in a typical restaurant). My recent study concluded a 14 oz. draft will set you back fifty cents and a delicious steak dinner is another $10. The only glitch is it's a hell of a long way from here.





Sunday, June 25, 2017

THE WILD SIERRA

The snowmelt in the Sierra right now is spectacular. Streams and waterfalls abound. The water is running dangerously high, cold and swift. The Admiral and I spent last week in Cedar Grove at Road's End in Kings Canyon. It was a WOW! Now it's on to South Africa and Zambia. My promise to Serenity Now,  I'll make up for lost time upon my return. I promise!

The legendary "Hilton" has served us well since 1975.

We like to camp at the Sentinel Campground next to the river.

Two crewman, Matt and Laura, joined us for two nights.


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!