Sunday, October 4, 2015 Winding Down

Woke up:                    Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista, California, USA

Went to sleep:            Chula Vista Marina, Chula Vista, California, USA

Winding Down

Our time at the Chula Vista Marina, located in south San Diego Bay, is winding down. I can feel the summer slipping away, even here in southern California where the weather is glorious 12 months a year. Night falls early. Evenings are long. Mornings are crisp and clear. During the day, I seek sunshine to stay warm. Shade brings coolness to the air.

The marina and RV Park have new personalities. The children have gone back to school; the pool is crowded with seniors. The jet skis and pleasure crafts are packed away for another season; the water has stilled.

All over San Diego Bay, 2015 Ha Ha participants are beginning to arrive. Today there are four boats in the moorage sporting the colorful burgee.

Welcome to the 2015 Baja Ha Ha

Welcome to the 2015 Baja Ha Ha

Richard Spindler, the Grand Poo Bah and publisher/owner of the Latitude 38 publication, and crew, aboard their 60-foot catamaran, Profligate, have arrived. For the 22nd time, he will lead the fleet to Cabo San Lucas, leaving San Diego October 26.

Last Minute Projects  

Between ridiculously long trips on his stand-up paddle board and working as relief captain on several mid-range charter fishing boats, Peter is finishing last minute projects prior to our departure. He replaced the neoprene seals around each of the portals.

Replacing the neoprene seals

Replacing the neoprene seals

He put me to work scraping rust from the stainless steel lifelines with a metal brush.

Scraping rust from the lifelines

Scraping rust from the lifelines

Just like new

Almost like new

And constructed an Amsteel nylon bridle, with floatation, for My Boat.

A bridle for My Boat

A bridle for My Boat

My Brother, Chris 

My brother flew in for a long weekend. We filled our time with forays into downtown San Diego, cycling and sailing. 

The Gas Lamp District

The Gas Lamp District

Downtown under a full moon

Downtown under a full moon

 

Chris and Susan riding together in Coronado

Chris and Susan riding together in Coronado

Will you take our picture?

Will you take our picture?

Silly Peter

Silly Peter

Glamour Girl

Glamour Girl

We sailed Penelope out of the bay, past Point Loma and to the Pacific Ocean.

Chris at the helm

Chris at the helm

Our Saturday Cups

We took the opportunity to deposit our Saturday Cups in the Pacific Ocean.  As you may remember, we received these beautiful ceramic coffee mugs as a wedding present from our friends, Mike and Carolyn Kalish.  We used them for our morning coffee every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday for 23 years.  Finally, they had been broken and glued back together too many times.  Chris drove the boat AND took the pictures while we ceremoniously bid our cups a final adios.  Peter recorded a way point on the GPS and labeled it, “Final Resting Place of our Saturday Cups.”

They served us well.

They served us well.

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About Susan M. Gierga

Everyone already knows everything there is to know about me. I wear my heart on my sleeve. To learn current details. Visit my blog, CruisingwithCaptainPeterandtheAdmiral.
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2 Responses to Sunday, October 4, 2015 Winding Down

  1. Mark & Terri Hammond says:

    Safe travels, we enjoy reading about your adventures…

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  2. Fun to see you having fun! This is the first time I’ve had chance to read up in a long time. I’m having bunion surgery tomorrow so I will have a week to sit down and get all caught up. We had Gwen, our 2 year old granddaughter here all to ourselves for 10 days while Garrett and Rachel went to visit Mitch and Ashton in Hawaii so my house is trashed! She is gorgeous and precious and the house is real quiet and boring this morning. (She went home last night.) Keep in touch – love you! Peg

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