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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Catalina Bay, Catalina Island (still) Monday 9/4 7:00PM (Ginger)

The last week has been busy. We've been hiking twice. One hike was really a scramble straight up the hill complete with desert crevasse hazards, loose gravel and vertical sections that made me wish for glacier ice in case an emergency arrest was needed. The other hike was about 9 miles round trip on dusty roads to the top of the high peak at the north end of the island. Aside from black widow spiders and scorpions the only thing of concern here are the rattlesnakes. We didn't see any of those but lots of lizards; some so fast they're hard to spot before they're gone. Snakes make me glad I have my sturdy hiking boots on the trip. Friday afternoon we took the dinghy close to shore and snorkeled for a while. There are lots of fish and it's great to be in water this warm. Otherwise we've been swimming around the boat every day. We've been in town twice. Our first visit was Wednesday when things were relatively quiet. It was nice to sit on the snack bar patio and relax. Our second visit to town was Saturday afternoon when things were really getting busy. I've never seen a dinghy dock that full. There was a loud band, lots of people with their dogs (a great addition to the scene) and it was very busy. We were able to stand about an hour of that and retreated to the boat for dinner. Taking pictures of the anchorage this weekend doesn't really tell the story of how many boats were in the bay. There were huge rafts of powerboats, the group near us appeared to lose their stern anchor purchase and swung into the channel. We thought they were dragging but as the wind died they bounced back to their previous spot. Their 8-year-old son kept buzzing the anchorage in their huge fast dinghy with no adult supervision ever apparent so they were really on our radar! There was a boat near us with an entire floating playground tethered to their stern. They had an inflatable slide, a large dinghy tow toy "Big Momma", and a huge inflatable trampoline. As the wind came up every afternoon we were glad to be on our boat keeping an eye on things.

After our trip ashore Saturday we decided the town would be much quieter Monday afternoon as people return home. So, we celebrated Sunday of Labor Day weekend by working on boat stuff. Peter tightened the rigging; a project helped greatly by the stiff afternoon wind, and rewired the turnbuckles. He also made several loaves of bread and several hours of water. Our Village Marine water maker has been doing a great job and those solar panels are keeping us nicely charged! I cleaned the floors, worked on my bead log of our trip and cooked. Incidentally, I also did the laundry when we were in Oxnard, I'm doing more of the traditional "pink" jobs because there are plenty of "blue" jobs I can't do.
Peter finished the book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and I've started it. Now I know why I don't eat land meat. It's a great book; it explains problems with agriculture in our country among other things.
We did watch a movie the other night but it's been even more entertaining to sit in the cockpit, sip wine, eat chocolate, watch the sunset and all the dinghy traffic back and forth. We had some neighbors for the last two nights here from North Bend, WA who are taking the boat back to Long Beach today and flying home tomorrow morning. The idea of heading back to work makes me appreciate this place even more! We've heard the Thursday night potlucks are going strong on K-dock and wish we could have a K-dock BBQ here!
It's strange to be here still when everyone has returned from summer vacation to their regular life. School is starting soon and everyone is back at work. I'm still getting used to the fact that my job is getting us places and seeing new things for now.
As I write this our neighbors are yelling that a dinghy has gotten loose. Peter has taken off to get the boat before it blows past ours. At this job, for a few minutes work, sometimes, you get a cold beer! They were happy to get their dinghy back..



At 3:31 PM, Blogger Sara said...

Ginger & Peter
I am in Conn. with Hilda and Her daughter & son-in-law (Bev & Eugene). We have just finished your newest entries and are enjoying not having to guard the boat, hike straight up a dusty, hot mountain, but knowing you are doing it for us. The photos are great and we love hearing about boating life. Hello from all--I head to NYC tomorrow

At 10:28 PM, Blogger Mike Wintheiser said...

Peter and Ginger,

I was on the Indonestian Grace in Catlalina Harbor with our friends from Seattle Labor Day Weekend. Thank you again for your kindest in offering to help with our anchoring and dinghy motor problems. I chartered that sailboat from the sailing club that I am in, Marina Sailing. Sailing to Catalina once a year on a new boat each time and different anchorages is a bit of a challenge and so it was a great relief that you offered to help, unlike the lawyer from Yorba Linda.

Our sail back was practically perfect with plenty of sun and wind. We had to motor to the west end of Catalina as it was directly upwind, but had a very nice sail past that point back to Long Beach. The sailing club offered to refund the dinghy motor charge due to my problems with it.

I saw Peter sitting quietly reading on the stern of Marcy with his hat on and was quite jealous campared to all of my dealings with young kids, dinghy motors and a seasick wife(who left on Sunday).
We do enjoy the adventure anyway and will be back next year. I ordinarily go over on a Sunday to be assured of getting a mooring.

I enjoy your blog and will check from time to time to vicariously sail with you to foreign ports unknown to civilized man.

Mike Wintheiser


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