December 11

The train to San Diego is really a lovely way to travel from LA. You don’t
have to concentrate on driving or worry about the traffic. You get wonderful
views of the coast and can be on the phone or internet to your hearts
content. Buddy Ty picked us up & delivered us back to our Boat Sweet Boat.

December 14

We signed up for Skype, internet phone. We begin calling friends around the
world: Hungary, Guatemala, New Zealand. Too much fun.

December 15

Longtime friend of Cindy’s sister Maria, Jean Kelleher & her family, came
for a visit & harbor cruise. Actually we just went to the pumpout dock, but
doesn’t harbor cruise sound nicer? Son Camlin & friend Connor explored the
boat fully & were brave assistants during potty patrol. The family lived
several years in South America so shared with us their living abroad &
travelling stories. Back to life in Carlsbad & San Diego for now, their
passion for more journeys is in their future plans.

December 16

We had one last party with our San Diego friends. Cindy hosted happy hour
onboard, then we walked across the street to view the Christmas Boat Parade.
Fireworks kicked off the festivities. A Coast Guard cutter was followed by
about 70 sail & power boats lit up with holiday lights. A good turnout of
folks picnicked & huddled in blankets along the waterfront parade route. The
Harbor Island hotels had many guests out on the balconies enjoying the view
also.

December 19

We took a break from boat projects & other business to be tourists on
Coronado Island. Cindy hadn’t been there in 20 yrs, Scott even longer. The
Hotel Del Coronado is just as grand as ever. We enjoyed a walk along the
shore & watching the outdoor ice skating rink. We got lucky & saw more
fireworks, not sure why, but enjoyed them anyway.

December 20

Really became tourists & visited the San Diego Zoo. It was a cold day & not
too crowded so we were able to see pretty much all the animals. Highlights
were the polar bears, lynx and wide variety of birds. Ty had hernia surgery
yesterday. We stopped in after the zoo to check up on him. Our advice: take
more drugs, eat more pudding.

We could not resist one more taste of Phil’s BBQ, this time we ate in. Super
Yum!

December 23

Scott’s mother Suzanne passed away one year ago today. It seems like longer
& just yesterday, all at the same time. We still cannot believe that they
won’t both just reappear one day…

We are checking the weather daily. Looks good for a Christmas sail to
Ensenada.

December 24

Linda sent Cindy a Fed Ex package to the San Diego Yacht Club. It was
supposed to have arrived Saturday 12/22 overnight. Will it arrive in time,
before the club closes at 3 pm? Yes, happy days! Santa delivers! An
assortment of precious cards, pictures, and good wishes to be opened
throughout the year. An addition to our crew: a small soft (stuffed) black
kitten, very well behaved & low maintenance. New Kitty was warmly welcomed
by our long established crew members: Dog, Cow & Oceana. Oceana is a
Jamaican fisherwoman doll, handmade by Linda for Cindy to take on her first
ocean crossing in 1996.

Scott humors Cindy by playing Sirius radio Christmas music. Ty & Oscar stop
by with Bon Voyage gifts of chocolate & wine, plus homemade cookies by
Phyllis Hokanson. Thank you! You made our stay in San Diego feel like home.
It is hard to say goodbye, but we are driven by the desire to migrate south
for the winter…

December 3

What a pleasure to fly out of San Diego compared to LAX! We breezed right
through & were way early for our flight. No stress. Cindy dropped Scott at
friend Michael Cogen’s San Rafael office & continued on to visit her Dad &
sister in Sonoma County.

December 4-6

Scott learned all about the repair & maintenance of our 2 watermakers during
his 3 day class at Spectra in San Rafael. He enjoyed the evenings with
Michael, Lynn & Katlyn. One of our “homes away from home”.

Cindy was happy to spend time with friends Karen & Ron in Santa Rosa and
Ella & Leo in Guerneville. Cindy got her teeth cleaned by a hygienist at
Alberta’s dentists office. It was odd, after 17 years of being cared for by
Scott’s office. But since her dentist has retired, it was time to find a new
one.

Cindy picked up Scott in San Rafael after his class finished & took him to
Alberta’s doctor to get his 2nd Hepatitis A vaccine. These shots must be
given 6 months apart & we did not know if it would work out to return to the
travel doctor we started with in LA.

December 8

Despite being in the middle of a kitchen remodel, Alberta treated us to
homemade chicken mole enchiladas. Yummy! Cindy & Alberta treasured their
walks & talks. David & Scott bonded over tools & DVDs.

December 9

Thank you Aunt Barbara for hosting our friends for the latke party. Barbara
had done the hard work of cooking the potato latkes ahead of time. Skye &
Cindy whipped up a batch of zucchini latkes & Marion’s applesauce (secret
recipe: frozen applejuice concentrate & pippin apples. That’s all). Martin &
Scott’s big & tall appetites made Barbara nervous, so she insisted on
cooking a brisket. Topped off with cookies & ice cream no one left hungry.
It was wonderful to see cousin Lori & hear about her sister, cousin Lisa’s
soon to be born baby.

It was really special for Cindy to get her Ya-Ya Sisterhood together again.
Linda, Sharon & Anna being the core group (and dearly departed Dianne who
will be missed forever). The last “gathering of girls” onboard *Beach House
*had been exactly 2 months prior. When & where will be the next one?

December 10

We both ran all over town taking care of business. Scott was thrilled the
get us officially removed from the LA County Property Tax roles. We had
heard of other yachties having problems with this. We took great pains to
have all our paperwork in order.

That evening Scott visited 2 sets of longtime friends: Marion Schwadel &
Jeff Braeger.

Cindy, Linda & Barbara got into the spirit of the season by attending the
Sing-Along Messiah at Disney Hall. This is Cindy & Linda’s annual holiday
tradition & they were delighted to share it with Barbara, who enjoyed it
just as much as they did.

December 11

The stupid parents returned their rental car way too early & were standing
freezing their patooties off at the outdoor Burbank train station. Wonderful
daughter Skye rescues them with a delivery of lattes. Bless you my child. It
was a thinly disguised ploy to have one more hugging opportunity. When will
we see you next? And where?? Until then, our love keeps us together in
spirit.

November 9

We motored the 45 miles or so from Oceanside to San Diego in flat, calm,
gray conditions. We motored by the San Onofre Nuclear Powerplant and
through the Camp Pendleton Marine Base training area. We saw this
incredible alien-looking craft approaching us and Scott decided to turn
behind it, as it was moving toward the beach at about 50 mile/hour. The
Marine hovercraft makes an impressive site. See the photo gallery.

We did not know in advance where we would end up and had heard it was
unlikely to find a slip, especially since Beach House requires an end tie
due to our extra wide beam. We checked in with the Harbor Master and were
discouraged to hear the only available moorings were off the beaten path
clear out in Glorietta Bay. We radioed San Diego Yacht Club and were
thrilled that they could accommodate us for two nights at their guest dock.
Cindy wasted no time jumping into their perfectly heated pool and luxuriated
in their shower afterwards. The Friday night party on the deck next to us
only added to our celebratory mood at arriving in San Diego.

November 10

It felt like a coming home party to see buddy Ty Hokanson the next morning.
He and Cindy caught up on the drive back to Newport Beach to retrieve our
car. Skye met Cindy at Fashion Island Mall with the delivery of mail & the
girls enjoyed a day of shopping & dinner.

November 11

One day a year the tall ships of San Diego go out for a sail. The “Star of
India” and the tall ship from the movie “Master & Commander’, HMS Surprise
are docked as museums in San Diego. They had set sail for their fund
raiser. How lucky were we to be out on the water with them. “Linx” and
“Californian” were the other two tall ships (as the old time sailing craft
are known as) out for the sail. See the Photo Gallery.

After that thrilling encounter, we made our way past the Navy ships and
aircraft carriers to Knight & Carver boatyard. Ty had parked his car at the
shipyard so he could drive home after helping us move our boat. It’s an odd
setup, but train tracks run right through the yard. At night when the boat
yard is closed, trains pull in and load up hundreds of new cars that are
brought in by ship. In the process of loading one train car at a time, the
train moves several feet, stops for an unknown period of time, then moves
again. Sometimes backwards, sometimes forward. You can’t guess which
direction or when it is going to move so there is no safe way to jump
between the railroad cars. Since Ty’s car was on the opposite side of the
train we just had to wait. We had dinner and were amused by this unique
situation.

November 12
Boats are meant to be in the water. That’s why it is always a bit unnerving
to haul out. We have had Beach House out of the water 5 times in 3 years. It
was nice for us that Ty was working on another boat in the yard and gave a
good report on their workers. Things never go as smoothly or as quickly as
you would like, but in the end, the intended jobs got done. G-10 skirts,
stern anchor holder, wax inside of hulls and the main project, replacement
of our underwater keel coolers for the refrigeration system were all
completed. Robert Van Ness of “Captain Frost”, not only replaced our keel
coolers with the zinc models, but also gave Scott an education on the care &
maintenance of the Frigoboat refrigeration & freezer units. We have been
very happy with this equipment so far, and Cindy prays to the refrigeration
gods to continue blessing us with cold & frozen food throughout the tropics.
Scott being less prone to prayer, stocked up on every possible spare part
and fluid the units require.

Meeting Robert had another unexpected and delightful benefit. He was moving
his own boat, giving up an end tie slip at Marina Cortez. We were thrilled
to rent it and have the convenience of being at a dock instead of a mooring.

November 17

Oscar introduced us to Phil’s BBQ. We enjoyed seeing his Ocean Beach home &
seeing Cosmo again (great Dane mix). The amazing flavors of the chicken &
ribs were topped off by a terrific pumpkin pie baked by the Julian Pie Shop.

November 18

Former dental patients & friends Craig & Cici moved from Marina del Rey to
San Diego a year ago. Their Challenger 50 “Windsway” is moored near the
airport. They were our tour guides to Cabrillo Lighthouse and a walk through
Balboa Park.

November 19, 20, 21

Cindy drove Scott to the Navy base every morning for his Basic Safety
Training class, required to renew his Coast Guard Captains License. This
involved three days of class and some practical lifeboat exercises in their
pool.

Ceci & Ty with their respective dogs, took Cindy for a hike at Junipero
Serra Dam.

Shea Weston was on the boat many days over the next few weeks. The various
projects he worked on included chasing electrical gremlins, generator issues
and finally getting our autopilot to not make wild turns while transmitting
on the HAM radio.

We also got our Vacuflush (electric) toilet replaced. The old one was acting
a bit like a bidet when flushed.

THANKSGIVING November 22 – 25

We gave thanks that Skye took the Amtrak down to join us for the long
weekend. While waiting for her delayed train to arrive, we took a tour of
the HMS Surprise that has been turned into a museum. Scott is on his 4th
book in the long seafaring series by Patrick O’Brien.

To celebrate the holiday, we moved our boat back to the San Diego Yacht Club
and enjoyed the buffet they provided. We all enjoyed a tour of the Midway
aircraft carrier the next day. The audio tour was very informative. Skye &
Cindy were happily surprised to enjoy it as much as Scott did.

Saturday night we hosted dinner for our San Diego friends with our new
favorite take-out food, Phil’s BBQ. Ty, Skye, Oscar & Cindy went out dancing
at 2 clubs afterwards. Scott kept the light on.

Skye was happy that cousin Daniel Palay returned from his family visit north
in time to take her to breakfast & back to the train station. We knew we
would see her soon in Los Angeles, so the parting was not too too sad.

Later that day Cindy & Scott enjoyed having the Wilson family onboard.

November 26-27
While Scott attended the Maritime Institute refresher course in order to
pass the Radar exam, Cindy drove to Escondido to meet Linda at her 2nd home.
The ladies enjoyed uninterrupted hours of talking, eating all their favorite
things and took in a day at the Wild Animal Park. Cindy was enchanted by
the baby elephants, prairie dogs and cheetahs.

November 29

We moved the boat back to the end tie dock at Marina Cortez. The yacht club
limits guests to 10 days per year. Plus we were going north and would be off
the boat for 8 days.