|We stopped in Oceanside
because it was close to Susie and Doug Brewer's house, where we
While we were there, we met
Mike and Julie Hatcher, and got our first taste of the kindness of the
cruising community. Oceanside is a great
facility but for a couple of major issues, like no close groceries stores or
easy public transportation. As we sat at the transient dock and tried
to figure out how we were going to take care of critical food
shopping, a voice hailed us and Mike Hatcher stepped aboard to see our
boat and talk about where we started from and where we were heading.
After a short chat he was getting ready to go back to his varnishing when I asked him about provisioning. His
immediate reply was,
"let me finish my varnishing and I'll take you to the
store". Well it sounded good and we thought "OK, we'll just
get a quick look and pick up a few things". Mike meant something
else entirely. As we got in his car he started giving us the scoop on
grocery stores in Mexico as well as what was available locally. He drove to the
local store that featured lots of the semi-natural and veggie oriented
foods . However, Mike was just getting started. He took us to a local
store where the Mexicans shop and talked about how the stores in
Mexico would compare to US stores. He took us to four different stores
and walked us through all of them to help us get ALL the supplies we
needed. All this time and information was offered to us after a 10
minute chat. It's the kind of instant bond cruising presents. We know
that we'll also pass it on when it's our turn to help cruisers in our
part of the world. It didn't end there. Mike and his wife Julie
invited us to the yacht club Monday Night football potluck and
introduced us to many of the members in attendance. The warmth and
help we found in Oceanside really showed us another facet of cruising.
|Betsey's got that French Braid down. This seems to
be the most comfortable, most stable hairstyle for sailing. It
stays put, a hat fits over it, its easy to do, it works with dirty
hair, it looks good. If you want to get on Betsey's good side,
tell her how pretty her French braid is.
||Boat School in Oceanside at
Thanksgiving. Luc looks pretty comfortable, reading Modern Latin
America and watching whatever he is watching. The cherry
red hammock was a gift from my friend Claire, who will be so pleased
to see how well it works.
|Coming into San Diego at
sundown. Betsey was still pretty sick from a bug picked up in
Oceanside. We anchored first in Glorieta Bay, then at the Municipal
Docks, then at La Playa, then back to the Municipal Docks.
||This is Lacey, parents
Shirley and Lew from Reflections. Lacey, besides being a darling,
is the perfect boat dog.
|We loved meeting Brian and Teri Johnson from
Sea Pilgrim. They are pretty happy about their kewl hats, yes?
||Sea Pilgrim, from Seattle,
at the Municipal Dock. Brian and Teri sailed into El Golfo (The Sea of
Cortez) and we sailed to Mazatlan, so we didn't get to sail together
much. We hope to meet them as we sail back up the coast of
Mexico on our way back home.
|Anchored in La Playa,
hanging with Andrew and talking Single Side Band. We had just
purchased and installed our SSB, and were finding the learning curve a
||We were so envious of Andrew's cool
dink, which he built on the foredeck of Neuva Vida.