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Videos from the Catalina Trip

Just a few quick few videos from our trip to Catalina. The first is when we were underway from Avalon Harbor to Isthmus Harbor on Catalina Island. 

This is when Eric and I are walking the tiny strip of land between Isthmus Harbor and Cat(alina) Harbor, hence the name, Two Harbors. Not sure if you can see Mr. Bison in the distance.

Quiet evening moored in Isthmus Harbor.

You can view all of the videos from the trip, and I'm not promising that they're great, on Eric's Youtube page here.


Provisioning for Catalina

We're in darling Avalon Harbor on Catalina Island today. To prepare for our sail here I tried to provision for about 7-10 days. It's not that Catalina doesn't have grocery stores, but, like Alaska (my home state), all goods are shipped over so they are more expensive and the variety is limited. I stocked up on canned goods, dried goods and long lasting fruits and veggies. So far in Catalina we have purchased only fresh meat, fresh bread, and some cold drinks since we're sailing without refrigeration for this trip.

Inspired by my friend Amanda, who also lives on her sailboat, I made a baking nook under the aft salon bench and tucked away my sugars, flours, and assorted cooking wonders.


Here's a full shot of the storage under the bench. Bonus points if you spot Cora's feet in this picture:

The cabinet that used to hold my baking goods became the snack cabinet. I don't know what it is about passage making but I get hungry. I crave carbs. I want salt! So we have Goldfish, Corn Nuts, Teriyaki noodles, hot chocolate to warm us up, oh and Cliff and Protein bars:

Eric and I have found that if we don't split the snacks up into little baggies, we can eat a whole box of Goldfish in far too short of a time. I tried to provision enough snacks for three adults for passage there and back so don't judge us too harshly on all those glorious Goldfish!

The aft galley cabinet was stored with rice, quinoa, wheat pasta, almonds, popping corn, whey protein, and prunes.

Some people are surprised when they see we have a tiny microwave onboard. Do not be fooled. Eric and I haven't used a microwave in years. No, this little puppy is used for storage at the moment. Eventually, we will remove it and truly use the area for some sweet storage:


Now, if you've stuck with me on this post until the end, I'll show you my favorite part of this provisioning process. I smartly stored away our goods on the shelves above the galley stove before we left San Diego. See, I'll show you:

But, during the passage to Catalina Island we experienced some 30+ knot winds and 8ft seas, and after all that my poor shelves looked like this:

Awesome, huh? Yeah.

I have a lot to learn about cruising on my sailboat as opposed to just living on it.

There's a reason why people say to rig your boat for 'missile hazards.' Those cans went flying during the trip. They went everywhere. And I thought I was being so clever running those cute little bungee cords in front of the shelves to "keep things in." Oh ho ho ho. Hee hee hee.

Luckily no one was hurt in the making of this blog post.


Sailing - Eight Weeks Later

We went sailing on Sunday. Exactly eight weeks prior we went sailing as well and when we got back to the dock my water broke and we had our little Cora the next morning. So much has changed in those eight weeks and yet there we were, out on the water, doing what we love to do. Eric invited his friend and coworker, Justin, to help crew and I'm so glad he did. Justin showed up at 10:00 and I was still in my pajamas and had just finished nursing Cora. Lucky for us though, we are liveaboards, which meant that Eric and Justin got us underway while I made breakfast, got changed and took care of the little one. It's amazing when your home is a floating boat!


Justin was a fine crew member. I admired his calm demeanor. I recognized the sailing vocabulary he used as we have both taken sailing courses at J World in San Diego. He was knowledgeable and helpful and I can't wait to sail with him, and hopefully his fiancée Laura, again soon.

For the first two hours Cora stayed below napping. Here she is sandwiched between two soft blankets so she didn't roll around in the heavy swells past the Point. 

I also stayed below and cooked some hard boiled eggs to snack on and some quinoa for a salad for lunch. It was really nice to have a galley belt as once were past the Point the swells were intense and could have sent me flying. With the belt I could work in the galley safely.

Our stove gimballs (can move following the motion of the ship,) You may be able to see what I mean in the picture above.  

At noon Cora awoke and was ready to eat and see the action topsides. This was lucky for me because I was starting to get seasick and needed some fresh air and to cast my eyes on the horizon (a well known way to calm seasickness.)

For the next two hours Cora and I stayed in the cockpitfor the return voyage up San Diego Harbor. She stayed tucked in my Moby nursing. Here is a shot of me using the Moby's breastfeeding hold. She was thoroughly covered in blankets the whole time; I just whipped them off to take this shot for the blog! 

All in all, it was a wonderful day on the water. 


Just kicking it

I have to admit that I'm really enjoying this post-wedding bliss. The instant drop in stress has been fantastic. Utterly fantastic. I'm so relieved. We just need to write some much needed thank you cards and then we can say that we did it. Wedding all over. Married life is great.  I know we'll have our disagreements and that it won't be all post-wedding bliss forever, but dangit, I'm enjoying this. I've never felt more sure or more calm and happy about something in my life. Rock on. Kick ass. This is great.

I got the chance to help crew for our friends Ryan and Alex at the Ancient Mariners Race this past weekend. (We came in dead last, so don't call me up for help crewing any time soon :)  The race is with wooden sailboats. The captain of the boat has to set anchor and then row or swim ashore with a cup of rum. The rum is then deposited into a keg and taken to the finish line. The crew is not allowed to hoist the sails until the captain has returned and touched the hull. We have to start off anchor, no engine allowed. We got slowed down by a stuck halyard, and we forgot to drag the dinghy up on deck (hey, we're all new at this.)  We also saw a de-masted boat which was hit by one of the boats in the race. Scary stuff. Luckily no one was hurt. Afterwards we rafted up with several of the other race boats at La Playa and finished off the evening with some merrymaking.

Enjoy the photos. San Diego is so beautiful. 


Things I Want to do When I Go Sailing

Here's a list that I intend to add to as the years tick by toward our big sail.  When we go sailing we'll quit our jobs and won't be working, at least for awhile. It's going to be the cruising life for us!

So here are a few things I'd like to finally have the time to work on:

1. Learn how to really play the guitar. Not just pick it up and pick at it every once in awhile.

2. Learn how to do backbends, backflips and round houses. Eric doesn't know it yet, but I'm going to have him spot me until I can do these on my own. 

3. Learn more about photography.

4. Learn more about boat maitenance.

5. Learn how to be a better sailor.

6. Learn how to navigate by the stars and by using a sextant.

7. Practice my cooking. I want to be an awesome cook someday.

8. Get really good at knowing how to do all kinds of cool, handy knots.

9. Brush up on the Spanish and French language.

10. Learn how to french braid my own hair.

11. Learn how to scuba dive.

12. Get better at canvas work.


;) Only 8 more days until the wedding. I'll be back to blogging soon!