** I just noticed I forgot to talk about our Catalina trip.... It's coming, right now, we are going to get some groceries.....
The long-anticipated reunion with this little girl was while we were in LA. Though we did get a preview dinner/visit with her in Marina del Rey when Rick came to visit. It was wonderful to spend the day with her. Rick arranged a swim playdate with her BFF, Roger - so we got to meet him and his family. We also got included in Rick's Bro's night which is a weekly dinner with his best buddies who all love Clewie. They meet for a Bike ride in the hills followed by a BBQ at Rick's place. Every Thursday night, you can imagine Clewie attending the BBQ with the Bro's - and they put on some good meat eats. We also buried Tack's ashes on the property so he can keep on eye on his sissy.
Underwater swimming here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15uj-t2M6Yg
Clewie and Roger playing here: https://youtu.be/Bx95AHcCYdA
Also while in LA, we spent some good quality time with Len and Carol and Greg's Aunt Dorothy. It was just great - we got some projects and errands done, Len got to sharpen all of our knives with his professional sharpening tool, and we got stocked up on limes from their garden. Oh, and we got to also pick up all the packages we've been having sent to his house for the past month.
We also spent 3 days at the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club...... these guys are super friendly. A member walked out to greet us as we pulled up - then introduced us around at the club a little later. where we got to meet a few people also sailing to Mexico. Then we got invited for a sail (which was really a motor with the jib up) around Alamitos Bay with some beers for the sunset. Good Times!
We learned the tricks of getting around, so there were trips to West Marine, Trader Joes, Whole Foods, Ralphs - all by dinghy. Sweet - we didn't even need to get a key to leave the yacht club since everything was in dinghy distance with a dinghy dock.
I also took this time to plan out our stays in San Diego... so we have our anchoring/docking reservations all set up through when we drop into Manana-land.
After our 3 days in Alamitos Bay, we returned to San Pedro to stay a the guest dock at Cabrillo Beach Marina. They have been super cool to us. Although we only get 2 days reciprocal with them, there is a nice easy anchorage in San Pedro that we can use and visit Len and Carol and even see our boat at anchor from their house. The view from the hot tub on the deck is pretty sweet as well. So some salty sailors got some pampering here. But there is one problem with the anchorage which is a dinghy dock - there doesn't seem to be one and local businesses we contacted weren't too warm to the idea of us using their space (beach included). Thank you CBYC, because they set us up with a key card to the marina so we can leave our dinghy and come and go to the boat out in the anchorage. It's a small thing - but very much appreciated to the cruising sailor.
I'm reminded again about the yacht club community - it's great having a welcome place to pull into when away from your home port. I'm not sure this will be super useful in other parts of the world, but in the US, it's good.
We finally left the orbit of LA Harbor and are now at Newport Beach. We'll be here a few days before heading to Dana Point - then to San Diego with everyone else getting ready for Mexico while we determine when we'll roll the dice on whether hurricainne season has ended for 2018.
I'll leave you with some favorite photos from the past couple of weeks and prior as I forgot to get photos off of our cameras for previous blog posts.
Pura Vida anchored at Santa Rosa Island:
Think it's windy here? The trees say YES!!!!
Cool looking shoreline on the beach at Santa Rosa:
Pura Vida in the Bay by herself: recovering from the passage from Half Moon Bay.
Irving Johnson (or Exy Johnson) on one of the mornings headed to San Pedro.
Crew training aboard on the bow:
Lighthouse just before entering LA Harbor:
A Dolphin fly by:
And finally - Clewie and Roger: