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!








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.

Monday, May 1, 2017

THE EVOLUTION OF A RAYMARINE WIND VANE

1st modification circa 2012.

2nd repair 2015.

Recent replacement. Will it last 17 years like the original?

DHHS ALUMNI SAILING TEAM

The team gathered Sunday for an afternoon on the water. After hoisting the capt up the mast twice, we were finally off. The wind was light, variable and almost non existent but we made the best of it. Naturally, old football stories and politics dominated the conversation. It was a great day.

The view from 50' above the deck.

The Jensen crew.

Bill '74, Neil '77, son Luke and the coach.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

ONE WHALE OF A TIME

Some old salts gathered today to enjoy an afternoon of light wind, relaxation and plenty of sunshine. At the end of our sail, close to the harbor entrance, we were treated to see several whales leisurely showing off for the small group of boats that quickly gathered.

 Today's crew


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

HAD TO SHARE THESE QUOTES

"The superior sailor uses his superior knowledge to avoid situations requiring his superior skill."

"Skill comes from making good decisions, and experience comes from making bad ones."

Saturday, April 15, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO BAY

On our recent road trip to the bay area we visited Angel Island, a true gem so close to the hustle and bustle of the big city. We landed at Ayala Cove which provides public moorings and docking. Gorgeous place.



Saturday, April 1, 2017

ANOTHER ABORTED TRIP

Our timing has not been the best lately. JR, Sailor Sam and the capt left super early Friday for a quick weekend trip to the island only to do an "about face" one hour out. Mother Nature didn't want us to make the crossing and we acquiesced to the seas and gale warning. No long faces after dropping the hook at Danalina for lunch and some stand up paddling.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

SMALL CRAFT WARNING

Captain Cabo and Senora Debi joined us for an afternoon sail and dinner on board. The air was brisk and our two Americano friends were counting the minutes until they return to their warm Baja East Cape paradise. The weather forecast was slightly off too. We didn't expect the small craft warning upon our return to the marina. The conversation and dinner was wonderful, despite yours truly, losing two kabobs off the grill into the water. Oh well, no one went home hungry and the sea lions were happy.




Monday, March 20, 2017

A TRIP THAT ALMOST NEVER WAS

Finally, day after day of fog related delays, we made our way to Newport Harbor. It's not Catalina but it was a nice get-a-way.
The view from our anchorage.



The Wild Goose, John Wayne's former boat.



Balboa Island 

Monday, March 13, 2017

A SEA OF FOG

Delayed for a second day. Grounded. Slip bound. No go. FRUSTRATING!! After two days of trip preparation, the fog rolled in like I've never seen before. A thick layer from here to the island and extremely limited visibility. Mother Nature is certainly unpredictable.
 

Monday, February 6, 2017

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY

What do nearly all red-blooded sailors do on Super Bowl Sunday? They go sailing! Sailor Jerry, El Jeffe and I had a very mellow afternoon on the water in search of wind, whales and dolphins. Like most mammals on this day, our aquatic friends were nowhere to be found, they were probably at a party in front of a TV somewhere. The wind was light, the air brisk and cold, but the mood was undeniably enthusiastic.

PS We did make it home for an exciting OT finish to the game.




Thursday, January 19, 2017

ONE HUNDRED & NINTH

Our inaugural Catalina trip for 2017 marked the 109th time we ventured to the island. The weather is always iffy this time of year and the forecasters are not 100% accurate but we took the gamble and it payed off. The weather gods were good to us as we beat the rain home yesterday. The temps were on the chilly side, 48 degrees one morning with the highs in the low 60's but the hiking and fishing were excellent.
The San Gabriel Mountains were snow-capped from Baldy to Wilson.

Great way to start the year.

There was plenty of room at the inn.

My personal fishing guide.