I am experiencing a bit of ambivalence about it. San Diego is such a nice place. It has the weather, scenery, ocean, shopping, boat parts, Internet. Everything a person could want. Except perhaps adventure. Living here is predictable, safe, secure and familiar.
Who needs that?
At my age it's good to get the crap scared out of me on occasion. But the wall of worry I erect for myself is probably the second component of my ambivalence. We will be leaving the Coast Guard, NOAA weather, clean fuel and heading off into some fairly remote areas. I worry about how systems like our water maker, SSB radio, our Volvo engine and all will work. We will be away from instant help and close parts and supplies. Oh well, been though this before and am getting used to it.
One thing we don't really worry about is getting involved in the violence that plagues Mexico right now. We're just ma and pa cruisers and it has not impacted Gringo boaters much, if at all. We'll just mind our own business, and try to stay out of the cross fire.
The stop in San Diego has been the least productive yet. We didn't seem to get much done on the boat, and didn't do the tourist thing either. We finally got to Balboa Part yesterday and the day before. It's fantastic, except for the Japanese Garden. I was severely disappointed, hoping to find another masterpiece like the San Francisco garden, but it just did not measure up. Mostly because it is still so new. Most of the plantings were barely beyond the seedling stage. Probably will be nice in 30 or 40 years.
|YOUNG IRISH DANCERS|
IN THE PARK FOR PICTURES
|PREPPING FOR PHOTO|
Our first stop is going to be Coronado Island, about 15 miles south of San Diego, then next will be Ensenada to check in, and then on down to Cabo and points south. Cabo is about 750 miles from here, and we expect the trip will take, with rest stops, about 12 days.
Don't know when we will have Internet, so long for now.