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!








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.