– From Oceanside we headed to Mission Bay. Which is basically San Diego, but sort of around the corner. Really nice, flat anchorage and within walking distance to Belmont Park and the Mission Bay beach area. We wandered around the amusement park and got some frozen yogurt and Dave went body surfing in the ocean while I sat on the beach and read my book while enjoying the sunshine. The anchorage allows people to stay for three days/nights and then we had to move on over to San Diego.
– Next we headed into the San Diego harbor. Sort of a smaller version of the SF bay because of all the different anchorages and bays and marinas that you can pull into. There was a ton of wind when we were heading into the harbor and over to Fiddler’s Bay, but unfortunately Dave wasn’t feeling so well (we think the Red Tide happening in San Diego was messing with his sinuses) so although we could have sailed easily, we decided to motor the short distance just so we could get there and get tied up and let Dave rest. The San Diego skyline is so pretty and it was cool to see all the naval ships and the USS Midway as we rounded the bend towards the Coronado Bridge.
– Fiddler’s Cove is a Navy Marina/Yacht Club. We were able to stay there for a few days free thanks to our yacht club membership and the generosity of the marina office. They have a great little marine store for odds and ends. Dave was able to pick up some hosing there while he was working on the boat…which was a really good thing since the Cove isn’t really close to anything. Dave’s Uncle Bill was our hero and drove out to see us on two different days and took us around all day so we could run errands and stock the boat. WE COULDN’’T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU UNCLE BILL!!
– Three days till we leave for the big trip down to Mexico and we headed over to the San Diego Yacht Club located in Shelter Island. With our reciprocal privileges we are able to stay for three days free. AMAZING. And this is probably the absolute ritziest place we’ve been at the whole way down the coast. Not to mention the usual shower facilities and laundry privileges, there’s also a great pool and hot tub and each locker room has a sauna. We feel so pampered!
-Our crew is here (Nick and Michele) and we’re securing the boat and getting our last minute provisions together. We’re excited and nervous. Also, looking forward to the Ha-Ha costume party on Sunday where we’ll all be dressed as Team Zissou from the movie, Life Aquatic. Hopefully I’ll have time to post photos before we head south and most likely lose internet service until we get to Cabo. (well, I hope we can find internet access in Cabo…fingers crossed).
Until then….photos up on Flickr (see link on the right-hand column). Adios!