Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Enjoying Life in the Big City!

A Big Wedding, concerts, a play, strolling thru beautiful Balboa Park, Turkey Trot, and off to Texas we go!

November has been a busy blur, but we have had a great time trying to keep up with it all.
Congratulations Mr. and Mrs.!

First, the most important event.  Our wonderful friends, Ana and Rauno, flew from La Paz to get married here in San Diego.
Celebrating the Big Day at Balboa Park

We are so happy that we could celebrate their new beginning and we are wishing Ana and Rauno many many years of happiness and love.

Thanks for letting us be a part of your Big Day!
California Tower - Balboa Park

So, working backwards now...
on Thanksgiving Day, we signed up for Father Joe's Village 16th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K.

Making our move - passing!
We are so glad we did - what an experience.

I liked their faces!
7500+ men, women, children, dogs (and TRex), ran, trotted, and walked to raise money for San Diego's homeless.

TRex - our hero
Father Joe's Village prepares and serves close to 1 million meals to our homeless neighbors in need. 

Good works.
We will do it again next year (if we are still in town)!
Getting some Culture at Ocean Beach

We got lucky and found out about the Ocean Beach (OB) Restaurant Walk, which benefits the local toy and food drive.

There were 48 restaurants, bars, and breweries involved in the walk.  All serving samples of their favorite dishes, tastings of beer, and all kinds of good stuff.
Meeting new friends - Derek and Terri

It was great!

Just because
We only made it to ~15 - way short of our goal to visit them all - hah.

But, we were fortunate to have met Derek and Terri - friends of the family (Anessa and Eric) - who took us to all of their favorite places.

Look forward to spending more time with them, plus signing up for next year's walk!
Strolling around Liberty Station

We celebrated our birthdays with concerts.  My gift was seeing the Tedeschi Trucks Band.  A little too much jamming, but loved hearing her voice.

Doug's gift, seeing Lindsey Buckingham and Christine McVie.  They put on a great show!

We also found a small local theatre - inexpensive and entertaining.  We will go back for sure.

Working in the Man Cave

And of course, there is a little work thrown in... 

Everyone should have an aquarium...
Our list continues to grow and our progress is slow. 

Between jobs and fun stuff, we have lots going on and not doing well at prioritizing.

Busy day on the Bay
Oh well, we really are enjoying San Diego and being back in the USA.  Lots to see and do and lots of visitors - our kind of place.

Grinch is in Town

Excited about spending ThanksMas with our family in Texas.  A quick trip, but it will be crazy fun.

Life is good for the crew of Moondance.  Hope the same is true for you and yours.

Now, it is time to get ready for company - yeah!
Sunrise on the Bay

Enjoy your holidays and your family time - make it special!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Festivals, a Birthday, and Lots of Baseball!

And more fun, of course!

We are enjoying beautiful Fall weather here in San Diego.
So pretty! (Thanks Kenny for the photo)

It is a little cooler at night, lots of dew on the deck in the morning, ocean temperature is dropping, and a few trees are changing color.

Other than that, it feels just like summer.  Good thing we don't miss the four seasons!
Enjoying the Blues

One of the best parts about being back in California - there is always a festival going on and we love them.
San Diego Blues Festival

We got lucky.  A friend at work won VIP tickets to the San Diego Blues Festival and didn't want to go.
We did and had a great time.

All kinds of wonderful blues, plus we like being VIP's even for a short time.
Not quite!

In celebration of Doug's birthday, we took the weekend off work - yeah!

 A pub crawl, a party on Moondance, and we attended the Adams Avenue Street Fair.
Land Ho

The Fair has been going on for 36 years, which is pretty amazing.

Lots of vendors, food, and over 80 local bands.

Fiery sunset

But, 3 days of partying wore us out - we must be getting old!
Nice to see Dietmar again!

Another reason we love being back in California is seeing family and friends. 

It has been a long time since we have had a "home" in the USA and have missed company just stopping by.

Dietmar (s/v Carinthia) came to visit recently. 
Paint does its magic again

We haven't seen him since Fiji days.  Loved catching up with him again - even for a short time.

It was fun spending time with Patsy and Tim (s/v Talion) too.  Last seen in Mexico in 2011.

Perfectly safe!
And, nephew Kenny (from Reno) came by for dinner an overnighter.

We have enjoyed the company for sure!

In our spare time, we have been getting Moondance prettied up and are happy to report, the guest cabin is done (almost) and ready for company.

It is amazing what lots of sanding and 4 coats of paint can do.  Of  course, our cabin is a mess!

Life is a beach
Doug is busy putting in a fancy new head/toilet, fixing the wiring, and all kinds of fun stuff - in his spare time...

Plus, fixing things that suddenly break. It is a boat, ya know!

And, it's time for Baseball playoffs - we love this time of year.  So many games, which means lots of time at the pubs. Go Cubbies!

We are thinking about everyone everywhere that has been in the path of disasters this year.  So many struggling.  Hoping they can get control over those wildfires up north... Scary stuff.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

You know you are Trawler Trash when...

Yup, we are definitely Trawler Trash.  Notice the patio furniture and our little outdoor Weber BBQ?  We have definitely transitioned to the "Dark Side"!
Patio Furniture? Really?

But, we are enjoying living in San Diego aboard our little Condo on the water.
Enjoying the Portuguese festival 

We still haven't taken Moon dance anywhere - just not quite ready.

La Playa anchorage jam-packed on Labor Day Weekend!
But we are very comfortable tied to the docks watching all of the other boats travel past us.  Our Condo has a gorgeous view!
Tracking down a leak

And projects are underway.

Some projects are on the list because of necessity (Doug's list); some are for the beautification project (Carla's).

Moondance is 33 years old and has some old systems.

So Doug is fixing things that break or leak, pulling out old wiring (there is a bunch), plus adding cool stuff - like my new electric head (coming soon - yeah)!

Our Cabin Before...

I have been doing the fun stuff - making Moondance pretty.
And After!

So far, I have painted our cabin covering up old stained teak veneer.

It took 10 coats of Kilz to cover the stains before I could even think of painting!

Then dyeing the curtains - that was an adventure.  It all turned out great - even Mr. Skeptical thinks so!

I am making my way to the forward bunk and head next...
Team West Marine

Doug and I are both working at West Marine and enjoying the discounts - cute couple, huh? 

Doug is also working at Suncoast Yachts, so he is a busy guy but enjoying the work.

He thought he knew a lot about boats before - now he knows even more.

Stop by and see him!
Always time to enjoy the sunset...

So, all good here in San Diego!

As we sit safely in our Condo enjoying good weather, we think of about all of the people that are suffering and at risk because of Hurricane Harvey and Irma, and the tropical storm that hit the Baja, plus all of the fires in California.

Be safe out there and help your neigbors!

Friday, July 7, 2017

San Diego - Starting to feel like home...

Gosh - it has been 3 months already since we purchased our "new" Moondance. It is crazy that time can be going by so quickly. We need to figure out how to harness time and slow it down!
Great seats at the Padre game

I am happy to report that life is going well for us and forward progress is being made.
Doug Scott - Official Yacht Salesman

Doug passed his State of CA Yacht and Ship Sales Person License - so he is qualified.  Over-qualified, actually!

Tunaman's Memorial
He is working for Suncoast yachts and seems to be enjoying the position. Call him if you want to buy or sell a boat - hah!

Cactus Flower???
Doug is also working at West Marine, so he is a busy guy.

I have been flying back and forth to Texas - family time.
The galley - big fridge included

Unfortunately, our current schedule means neither one of us have had much time to tackle the big Moondance Project List.
Our main salon

But, that is all right with us.

We have a big bed to sleep in, the propane system is working, and our full-size fridge is cranking out ice cubes!
Our big bed - ah the luxuries

Plus, we have access to all of the amenities of the Island Palms Hotel on Shelter Island.

Pools, hot tub, bicycles, and a 20% discount at the Blue Wave Bar.

Enjoying the sunshine
Doug is very happy man.

Beautiful view of the harbor

And, we are in such a beautiful part of the country.

We cross the street and have a million/billion $$$ view of the San Diego Harbor.  Amazing!
Fireworks over San Diego Harbor

Our "current" plans... I will go to work (hopefully at West Marine) in August.

I need to start making some Moolah to buy all those new boat goodies - like electronics, dinghy, engine, watermaker... The list goes on and on!
Art @ the Lafayette Hotel

So, we will be staying in San Diego until November, 2018, working and getting Moondance ready to cruise.

Then, possibly, join the CUBAR (Cruise Underway to Baja Rally).  A rally of about 50 power boats heading to Mexico.  We will have to think about that.

If you would like to do some Glamping - come and visit us!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

The New Moondance!

We found our new boat/home - yeah!
The New Moondance

After months of looking from the East coast to the West coast, we got lucky.

Visiting Darrell and Sarah (m/v Scrimshaw)

Our good friends, Darrell and Sarah (Suncoast Yachts) found the boat we have been looking for in San Diego, California.

Captain Doug at the helm
The new Moondance is a 1984 Ocean Alexander 38' trawler (built in Taiwan).

She is in great condition, met all of our requirements, most of our would-like-to-have's, and in our price range.
Beach Art

Plus, she is on the Pacific and a short distance from all of our friends in Mexico - yeah!
Hanging with Deb and Kath at Ocean Beach

We are looking forward to sitting out on the sundeck watching the world go by - our favorite past time.
Possum rescue

Of course, we have already generated a list of enhancements and improvements.
Doug walking Clara and Bobby

Fortunately, most of them are "want to's" and only a few "have to's".
Relaxing on Orcinius

Thanks so much to our friends John and Lisa (s/v Orcinuis) for letting us stay on their beautiful boat.
Danette and Doug at the Barn Dance

Made life so much easier (and cheaper) as we went thru the boat buying process. Sweet people!
Fishing not catching

Our current plan...
Sunrise on the Columbia River

Hop back and forth between Texas and San Diego working on Moondance until we can move aboard full time - hopefully soon.
Dinner with the family in Washington

Of course, we are going to have to work while living aboard in San Diego!
Oyster slurping contest - yuck!

Paying California prices, plus buying a bunch of boat goodies is going to cost big bucks.
Catching up with the crew of Bella Vita

We are definitely going to need a job at West Marine for the boat discounts!
Washington State Capitol

So excited that the search is over and we can get back to the cruising life.
Doug and Cloe and Widget

We have missed it, plus our cruising friends.
Good friends Roger and Laurie

Come and visit us sometime if you are in the neighborhood!
World of Weed - oh boy!

PS: This is a collection of pictures from our 3-month road trip (TX, NM, UT, ID, OR, WA, OR, ID, OR, NV, CA, AZ, NM, and TX).  We were pooped!
Stonehenge Memorial in Maryville

Loved seeing friends and family along the way.

We missed some and didn't get to visit long enough, but loved every minute of it.
Katy and Levi - sweet

Plus, we enjoyed our  house sitting gigs in Olympia, Washington, and San Diego, California.
Great friends from La Grande!

Great places to stay, plus we got to play with the doggies!
I won a TV - hah!