Sunday, December 14, 2008

Season’s Greetings from San Diego!

We have thoroughly enjoyed our time on the California coast, thanks to the hospitality of the yacht clubs and the generosity of our friends here.

As members of the Devonport Yacht Club in NZ, we have been welcomed by many of the yacht clubs to use their facilities. Everything from docks, showers, pools, saunas and tennis courts have been made available to us - a very civilized way to go cruising, I must say!

Since many of our cruising friends have now completed their circumnavigation and are ‘home based’ here, we have had wonderful tour guides all the way down the coast. Not to mention catching up on the intervening years of stories.

We have been surprised to bump into several old cruising friends who are still cruising, also on their way to Mexico.

So it’s been a fun trip so far. Even the weather has been great!

A few photos of our California Coast Hop...

Native California wildlife???

Pelicans at Santa Barbara Marina.

Sunrise over San Miguel Island.

Elephant Seal rookery at San Miquel Island.

View of the anchorage at San Miquel.

Malibou beach.

Blue Moon at Port San Luis Obispo.

Sleeping babay elephant seal.

Native Catalina Island wildlife???

Monarch butterflies stop over at San Luis on their annual migration.

Friday, December 5, 2008

Photos from our Alaskan summer...

Totem Pole at Friendly Cove

Orcas beside our boat

Drying Kelp

Red Bluff Bay

Morning Mist - Somewhere over there is the gap we have to pass through to leave the bay!

Rob collects a 'bergy bit' - 10,000 year old ice for our drinks.

This motel - sized ice berg was in the middle of a very narrow channel.

Our record shrimp was 9 inches long.

Glacial water.

The Baird Glacier has receeded alarmingly.

Mom and cubs

Alaska is full of beautifull calm anchorages.

A Beaver at work here.