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Santa Catalina Island to San Diego

With a picture of the extreme west end of Santa Catalina Island, it only seems fair to include a picture of its extreme east end.

 

With light winds all day, we were forced to set our spinnaker.  At least we had some color.

 

 

As we approached San Diego, we starting seeing more and more signs of civilization such as BIG freighters.

 

The southern end of Point Loma guards San Diego Bay and the official end of our month-long sea trek.

 

 

Santa Catalina Island

This little island guards the entrance to Two Harbors.  It seems to be the First Bank of Two Harbors (it's where all the seagulls make their deposits).

 

The seagulls have also decorated this old abandoned dock at Cat Harbor.

 

The south side of Santa Catalina has some beautiful little inlets.

 

Liz pauses after climbing about a thousand feet of vertical in the scorching 73 heat.

 

The infamous "buffalo milk" keeps sailors coming back to the Isthmus.

 

 

The famed casino of Avalon from our boat.

 

Transportation to shore is via dinghy and finding a spot at the dock can be a challenge.

 

The town of Avalon is a quaint mix of cultures.

 

Here's the other half of town.

 

Keeping the flowers happy with scores of tourists call for a sense of humor.

 

 

Santa Cruz Island to Santa Barbara Island

Here's the absolute west end of Santa Catalina Island.  It doesn't get a lot of visitors.

 

Here's another shot of Liz with the suicidal fish.  As you can see, it is clearly at least 10 feet long and weighs more than 500 pounds.

 

Everywhere we go, the porpoises love to ride with the boat.  Here they appear to be playing with one jumping over the other.

 

This is the southeastern corner of Santa Barbara Island.  Beautiful, but rugged coastline.

 

Arch Point greats us as we approach the northeastern corner of Santa Barbara Island.

 

The night before leaving Oxnard for Santa Barbara Island, we were pleased that the county held their weekly concert right by our boat.  Liz says they do this every week, but I'm sure it was just for us personally.

 

The body of Howard's Big Johnson lies in state in one of the guest cabins.  Services are pending upon return to San Diego.

 

The view of the westernmost point of Anacapa Island as we pass through the Anacapa Passage into the Santa Barbara Channel.

 

We had 15 knots winds sailing from Anacapa to Oxnard.  The seas were pretty lumpy, but not nearly as tough as they were the day before.

 

The easternmost point of the Anacapa Islands is known as Arch Rock.  The Anacapas have more than 150 caves carved into their walls.

 

We violated the rule of never picking up hitchhikers when these two guys begged for a tow when were out testing the new wee Nissan in the harbor.

 

Every harbor seems to have its unsavory characters.  Here are some of the boys of E-Dock.

 

 

Santa Barbara to Santa Cruz Island

A bit put-out not being allowed to share the boat with us.

 

Well, you don't mind if I just rest on your dingy line do you?

 

Ah pleeeaaassee.  I'll be good.

 

Starfish party in Pelican Bay.

 

Tempest at anchor after running from the gale.  Here, she's few miles west of Smuggler's Cove.

 

At anchor in Pelican Bay on the north side of Santa Cruz Island.

 

The walls around Pelican Bay.

 

Ventura to Santa Barbara

No town is a great town without some good Celtic fiddle music.

 

 

Every Sunday, a group of veterans places a cross on the beach for each American soldier who has died in Iraq.  The group tries to take a non-political stand, but its apparent they believe the weeping mothers, wives and children didn't have to do so had our policy been wiser.  Each cross has the name of the soldier that has died in Iraq.  The job of putting them in the sand is becoming extremely large.

The timeline along the edge makes it clear the vast majority of the deaths came after Bush declared an "end to the hostilities".

 

The sailboat that went aground keeps getting deeper in the sand.

 

How not to anchor.

 

Liz pulls into the Santa Barbara Yacht Club with our rented mini-Hummer.  It was a handy way to grocery-shop.

 

A view of Santa Barbara from our dock.

 

Santa Barbara's government buildings are magnificently beautiful.

 

A view of Santa Barbara from the boat at night.

 

Vessel Assist bringing in a disabled boat after an apparent fire.

 

Santa Barbara from the boat.

 

Santa Barbara Beach near Stern's Wharf

 

State street reminds us of Palm Springs minus 50 degrees

 

The gym on the Tempest (OK - near the Tempest).  We still don't miss a day.  And with the restaurants nearby, we can't.

 

 

We cheated one time just for the fun of it.  We had the little water taxi takes us to the boat in Santa Barbara.

 

Tempest nestled in her slip in Santa Barbara.

 

 

View of Punta Gorda Pier as we pass it around 10:30 a.m. with the fog lifting.

 

Close-up of a jellyfish.  Stunningly beautiful colors.

 

Another look.

 

 

Proof that even sailors have bad taste.  NASCAR flags all over a sailboat in Santa Barbara marina.  (Just for Nancy and Ed!)

 

 

Long Beach to Ventura

Juvenile dolphin shows his stuff

 

Rounding Pt. Dume toward Oxnard

 

Vince and Patti visit s.v. Tempest

 

 

Young dolphin showing his stuff

 

Fog takes Ventura as we approach the harbor

 

Dana Point to Long Beach

The infamous "red-tide".

 

Pelicans on the move.

 

Oil rig near Long Beach

 

 

Seals guarding the oil rig.

 

Duct-tape repairs and still floating.

 

 

4th of July

The view from our deck.

 

Night sky

 

 

 

 

 

Bioluminescence as I kick the water at night

 

Bioluminescence as boat goes by in the marina

 

Water Fight in the Channel

  

Water Patriots

 

"B" Dock Rocks!

 

Singing on the Docks

 

Life on "B" Dock (we're on "A" Dock)

Ready for the Water War!

 

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

Central Courtyard

 

Sacred garden and part of the Bell Wall

 

Saint Peregrine Chapel

 

Sacred Garden

 

Serra Chapel

 

Serra Chapel Alter