|33º 36.33' N||117º 55.18' W||Galapagos||Boyte Here: We have been in Newport Beach for three days now. We made a largish Amazon order and are picking up our goodies at an Amazon Locker on Tuesday. That has given us an opportunity to enjoy the area. We went to Minnies, a well known used sail and marine hardware store with Kevin Baerg from Blue and I picked up some fishing gear to round out my arsenal for fishing in Mexico.
Today (Monday), we visited the original frozen banana stand on Balboa Island and had a cup of tap water. No, we did indeed enjoy a frozen banana. I even wore my Arrested Development inspired frozen banana shirt. There were actually two "Original" frozen banana shops on the same street, not 200 feet from one another. One of them is lying.
While there are thousands of boats here and the waterways are quite busy, the vibe is relaxed and we have enjoyed seeing the beautiful homes and yachts from our little dinghy. When you live in a five million dollar house with near constant sunshine and 70 degree weather it's pretty easy to be chill.||5 days ago||Show|
|33º 45.13' N||118º 9.24' W||Galapagos||Boyte here: After two days anchored near Avalon harbor on Catalina island, we motored and sailed the twenty two miles to Long Beach on the mainland. What a difference twenty two miles makes. Even near the big city of Avalon (population, 3767) the islands were quiet, rugged and beautiful. Now we are anchored in the Lee of an artificial island built by oil companies in the 1960s to hide oil rigs. There are four of these islands off the shore from Long Beach, all named after astronauts that died during the early Apollo space missions.
These islands seem to reinforce the stereotype of Los Angeles as a city that depends upon illusions of beauty. They are real islands but they have been manufactured to look like something they are not. Even the palm trees, upon closer inspection, are plastic imitations of the real thing. Truly, we are in La La Land.||10 days ago||Show|
|33º 24.2' N||118º 22.4' W||Galapagos||Boyte here: After a short sail down the northeast coast of Catalina island, we are now anchored in Button Shell beach. Just south of long point, the anchorage is giving protection from the west winds which are forecast to strengthen a bit tomorrow. It also looks to be an excellent area for snorkelling and Melissa is already in the water checking out the scene below.
I'm going to try my hand at baking bread on our somewhat unpredictable propane stove.||15 days ago||Show|
|33º 28.1' N||118º 31.44' W||Galapagos||Boyte here: Presently anchored in emerald cove on the north side of Catalina island. The weather is in the sixties with sullen clouds and even a little rain now and then. That isn't ideal snorkeling weather but we hope to hop in the water tomorrow regardless. The cove has garibaldi fish everywhere and lots of interesting rocky outcroppings that should provide good places to explore.||18 days ago||Show|
|33º 25.74' N||118º 30.6' W||Galapagos||Boyte here: After bouncing around Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara Islands for a week, we are now anchored in Cat harbor on Catalina Island. It is fall and the weather, while warm has been windy with swells that must be reckoned with in most of the island anchorages. Around the Channel Islands, anchorages usually offer limited protection from one or two directions and it seems that we have had our share of rolly nights at anchor.
But Cat Harbor is different. here we have excellent protection and just enough wave action to remind you are on a boat. The harbors and coves on Catalina Island are stuffed with mooring balls and the charge for using a mooring ball is far more than we are willing to pay. Fortunately, the island is all but deserted and finding a place to drop the hook out of the mooring fields shouldn't be too hard.
Today, we went ashore and walked across the short isthmus to Two Harbors. Melissa quickly fell in to looking for interesting rocks on the pebble strewn beach. Later, a walk was taken and a beer was drunk at the resort's bar. ||21 days ago||Show|
|34º 10.42' N||119º 13.41' W||Galapagos||Boyte Here: After a night at Albert's Anchorage on Santa Cruz, We headed further east along the south coast of the island. The weather was still not in our favor; winds with gusts in the thirties and the swells were only getting bigger. It felt like we were being shooed away from the Channel Islands and we had only really visited San Miguel.
After taking a pass on anchoring in Smuggler's Cove, we continued on to Anacapa Island and again found no suitable spot for the conditions we were in and knew would only get worse. So, the decision was made to head to the mainland and take a berth in the Channel Islands Marina complex. It was a fast, boisterous passage across the Santa Barbara Channel and the growing seas validated our decision that a marina would be a very comfortable alternative to an island anchorage. Plus, I wanted to change the oil on the engine and address, once again, an issue with the roller furler.
Being the cheapskates we are, tucking into a marina is no small decision. Despite the high cost here ( $1.35 a foot) we are happy to have a dock to work from and nearby access to a West Marine and a grocery store. It has been a month since our last marina stay and we have enjoyed visiting with our dock mates.
We hope to head back out to the islands after the weather abates. This weather system seems particularly long lived though and we are having to practice patience. It helps to remind ourselves that we are two very lucky people with a schedule cast in fine San Miguel sand. The weather will improve and we will return to the islands.||about 1 month ago||Show|
|33º 58.22' N||119º 41.93' W||Galapagos||Boyte here: After a two beautiful days on San Miguel and one anxious day as the weather moved in, we headed out into 30 knots and big seas to find a more protected anchorage, The combined wind and swells were limiting our choices but we found relief by going on the south side of Santa Cruz Island/
Within a mile of so getting in the lee of the island, we were rewarded with gentle swells and a land breeze that allowed us to put out the head sail and poke along the rugged coast.
Anchorages on these islands have taken some getting used to. They feel somewhat exposed and we find ourselves getting close in to enjoy their meager protection. But getting close in also means getting close to surf and waves crashing on rocks.
And so it was here, at Albert's Anchorage. It is a beautiful spot and the holding was good but a southerly swell keeps the boat moving and the nearby surf makes for a noisy night.
An hour or so after we were secured, the fishing boats began to crowd in to this small anchorage, validating our choice. We are happy to share an anchorage with the fishing boats; they always anchor well and at a respectable distance from us. By the time the evening was fully upon us, there were five boats of various sizes in what seemed an anchorage big enough for two boats. We all made it work and were all grateful for the protection from the big seas and wind on the other side the island.||about 1 month ago||Show|
|34º 3.28' N||120º 21.59' W||Galapagos||Boyte here: Anchored in Culyer Cove off San Miguel Island. This is one of the most beautiful anchorages we have ever visited. Beautiful clear water and a desert landscape leave us thinking we are already in the Sea of Cortez.
The elephant seals are on a beautiful sandy beach, the males bellowing and jousting. So far, just the younger males and females are here but they are impressive nonetheless.
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|34º 24.72' N||119º 40.94' W||Galapagos||Michael here: Presently anchored off the beach in Santa Barbara. Our plan to sail directly to Culyer harbor on San Miguel island was thwarted by a weather forecast that had three days of high winds. Culyer harbor offers some protection from Northwest winds but swells can wrap around the point, making for a rolly anchorage. So, we will sit tight in Santa Barbara for a few days till this weather system dies off and then head over to the channel islands from here.
I can think of worse places to be stranded. It is warm with a light breeze from the south west. We have been cleaning the boat, inside and out. After our stay in Morro Bay every surface on the deck was covered in a layer of fine sand.||about 1 month ago||Show|
|35º 22.16' N||120º 51.5' W||Galapagos||Michael Here: Presently anchored in Morro Bay. The 22 mile trip from San Simeon had some good sailing; the swells have gone down a bit but the northwesterly winds continue to push us along. Entering the Morro Bay breakwater was a bit more exciting than usual. An ebb current with a the northwesterly wind made for some steep, breaking seas and the 23 ton Galapagos surfed along at over nine knots on occasion.
We arrived in Morro Bay on the weekend of the Harbor Festival. Lots of music, food and booths hawking their wares. We will be a few days enjoying the weather and the absence of swells in our anchorage||about 1 month ago||Show|
|35º 38.3' N||121º 11.34' W||Galapagos||Michael here. We are anchored in San Simeon Cove after along day of motoring from Pebble Beach. While we do not prefer to enter an anchorage at night, we did so with no drama and under the light of a beautiful full moon. ||about 2 months ago||Show|
|36º 33.77' N||121º 56.9' W||Galapagos||The weather along the coast is looking quite blustery for the next few days and our anchorage in Monterey, while convenient, offered no protection from Northwest wind and swells. In fact, Thursday evening, with only moderate winds was really uncomfortable. So, we upped anchor and headed around the point to Pebble Beach and Stillwater Cove. It is a beautiful anchorage with a chance to see how the other .00001% live. The harbor master came out to chat with us and offer advice on our current ancorage, on the Pebble Beach side and to recommend the Stillwater cove tomorrow, when they pull the Mooring balls up for the season.||about 2 months ago||Show|
|36º 36.2' N||121º 53.2' W||Galapagos||about 2 months ago||Show|
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|38º 3.68' N||122º 11.47' W||Galapagos||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 52.26' N||122º 25.58' W||Galapagos||After a night in Sausalito in which the wind picked up considerably, forcing us to man the helm and motor away from a nearby boat, we decided that perhaps Angel Island would afford more comfort and protection. Eventually there was more protection but not much in the way of comfort.
I don't know if the wind blows like this all the time, but I have been impressed with its strength. The fact that we see smallish boats and big racing cats out all the time leads me to suspect that this is just normal weather. At any rate, we got a little protection in China Cove from the westerly as the evening wore on. But there were unusual thunder and lightning storms in the area which prompted us to unplug all our electronics. The downside to this anchorage was the nearconstant parade of fast foot ferries, galloping from San Francisco to smaller cities north and east. They only let up after ten which gave some relief but come morning, we were rocking and rolling again.
On Tuesday morning, we rowed to shore and visited the Angel Island immigration center and Fort McDowell. The immigration center in particular was interesting and touching. Many Chinese and Japanese immigrants passed through the center in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the stories of of success in spite of rampant xenophobia and racism were heartening.||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 48.6' N||122º 25.5' W||Galapagos||This little man made bay is called the aquatic cove and it is part of the larger aquatic park, only non motorised vessel may anchor here, with a permit, for up to five days. They do allow sailboats to use their auxiliary engine to come in which is a good thing since the entrance is narrow and the wind and waves outside were stout.
We are here for five days and hope to explore the city from here. As an anchorage it is quite protected and it is used by a number of people in small craft. Interestingly, there are quite a few swimmers in the water, some in wet suits some not, swimming laps around this half mile wide lagoon. These Bay area water rats are a hardy bunch.||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 51.68' N||122º 28.67' W||Galapagos||With the weather looking mildly cooperative, i.e. a little less fog, we proceeded under the bridge from Balinas Bay to Sausalito. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge was an emotional moment for us; all of our time and treasure has led us to this place and the view did not disappoint.
Since we had been outside the gate for the last two days recovering from our passage, i thought the bay weather and scenery would be similar. I was very wrong about that. As we approached the bridge we could see sunshine and seemingly hundreds of sailboat flying all over th bay. There were ferries and yachts and every other manner of vessel going hither and yon in beautiful sunshine. I felt like Dorthy waking up in Oz. The weather inside was dramatically different from Drakes Bay. And very much for the better.
We headed straight for Sausalito because that is the only place we really knew to anchor. It is a fine anchorage if a little rolly from boat traffic. Tomorrow we will go ashore and explore our first exotic landfall.||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 53.92' N||122º 40.77' W||Galapagos||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 53.91' N||122º 40.75' W||Galapagos||Moved to Balinas bay in the hopes of finding some sweet, sweet cell service. The anchorage is a bit rolly but we can watch cat videos. ||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 59.89' N||122º 58.26' W||Galapagos||2 months ago||Show|
|37º 59.87' N||122º 58.26' W||Galapagos||After almost six days at sea, we dropped anchor in Drakes Bay at about 10:30 am. After a respectful wait to ensure our anchor was secure, showers were taken followed quickly by collapsing into bed. Michael slept, Melissa could not. It takes a while to get back into a normal rhythm. ||2 months ago||Show|
|38º 4.72' N||123º 8.46' W||Galapagos||2 months ago||Show|
|38º 52.64' N||123º 53.59' W||Galapagos||We had good wind but from the wrong direction. Nevertheless, we sailed towards the point Arenas light house if only to see land for a while. Eventually we will have to motor south to make any kind of time to a reliable anchorage. Drake bay is looking good right now.||2 months ago||Show|
|39º 27.1' N||124º 12.3' W||Galapagos||2 months ago||Show|
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|48º 32.48' N||123º 0.92' W||Galapagos||Back in Friday harbor for one last mail run, fuel and water. We should be heading to neah bay on Wednesday. ||3 months ago||Show|
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|48º 32.16' N||123º 0.62' W||Galapagos||<a href="http://littlecunningplan.com/2017/08/weve-got-mail/" target="_blank>We"ve Got Mail</a> ||3 months ago||Show|
|48º 38.49' N||123º 20.54' W||Galapagos||3 months ago||Show|
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