Redondo Beach Farmer’s Market
This is what happens when you let Carol and I loose around a California farmers market.
Although we had mostly overcast weather in the Channel Islands we had a gorgeous sunny afternoon to kayak around the sea caves near Scorpion and Little Scorpion anchorages. Some of the caves were pass through caves and after careful scoping of both ends (to make sure they were tall enough to not crush our heads) we went through several. What a rush. The sounds and the turbulence of the water – awesome. Here is a formation I thought looked like an elephant and apparently I’m not the only one because we later saw it marked as Elephant Rock on a map.
We kayaked up wind until we were pooped and then floated down wind until we got to the dock used by the tour companies.
There we took the kayak ashore and hiked up on top of the bluff overlooking the anchorage. It was very nice to be hiking in the sun again and the view of the water from up high gave even more intense colors to the water. Good place to get shots of the anchorage as well.
Although we didn’t stop by Anacapa, we sailed past the arched rocks on the Eastern side on an overnight sail to Redondo Beach. We were going to stop but it was grey again and we decided at the last minute to take another overnight in search of the sun.
This is a story of the kind of chance meeting that often happens when you travel. It is also a good example of how you can leave your life open to those type of meetings even when you aren’t traveling.
We made a friend on Craigslist. No, not THAT kind of friend ;)
While shopping for used kiteboarding gear, Carol struck up a conversation with someone who turned out to be a kiteboarding, sailing, rock climber. His name was Dan and he offered to take us climbing the following week near Lake Tahoe and so, we went (Livia – left, Carol – right).
The rock was gorgeous, the climbs carefully selected by someone who loves the area (and was willing to play rope gun). And the apres climbing, cold beer river soak, sunset-over-spires watching and greasy tacos were a perfect finish.
Thank you, thank you Dan. May we meet again somewhere more tropical.
We’re leaving San Francisco today after 7 weeks. We’ll finally be moving around on our map again. SOUTHBOUND!
When we were planning to head South in August people kept saying “isn’t that early?” and “don’t most people leave in September?”. We kept asking around trying to figure out if there was an important reason most people waited until September. Essentially we found there wasn’t – many people leave in August as you can tell from this year’s group.
A few people had mentioned that it was expensive in California so people wanted to minimize their time here. We expect to have to pay for moorage more often as we leave San Francisco to head South down the CA coast, but we have found SF to be a delightfully cheap place for a cruising boat to moor if they are willing to be on the hook.
We have certainly spent a ton of money since arriving, but it has either been on planned expenses unrelated to being in California (e.g., engine spares) or investment in sporting goods for our outdoors addictions (e.g., snorkel gear and kiteboarding stuff).
We are members of a sailing association that has some reciprocal perks (noted in this list) but most of the freebies here apply to everyone.
We finally got around to naming our dinghy. Meet “Momentum” – a 4 year old Achilles Hypalon inflatable with a high pressure inflatable floor.
Momentum already has a number of patches on the floor – mostly from vicious fish that Carol caught and one around the inflation tube patch – but she’s still going strong.
These are videos of us sailing. No words, no critters, no people. Just the ocean slipping by in the sun for people who want a peek at what that is like.
And finally, the last of the video diaries from our passage South.
We were quite excited when we arrived and took a number of videos. If you only want to see Carol’s wrap-up video, including his description of our night of strong-ish wind, scroll to the last of the videos. If you want to see the excitement building, start with the first.
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