Aboard Astraea

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November 26, 2014
by Nate

Finally Cruising!

It was awesome to get back to the boat and settled back in. Thanks a bunch to our boat neighbors Jan and Chuck for picking us up at the airport. We’re lucky to have great friends in San Diego.

After quickly unpacking our stuff we spent a night aboard at Fiddlers Cove Marina and cruised over to Pier 32 on November 21. We met up with Natalie’s Dad and his wife Pam for the weekend. They made the trip out from Arizona to visit and help us with final provisioning.

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Friday night Sully went to Alyse’s 4th birthday party

IMAG5949 IMAG5943 IMAG5935Saturday night we went provisioning and got ready for a boater pot luck and our going away party. It was great to get to hang out with more friends, but was super busy. It felt like a wedding reception having so many people to say “Hi” to.

Lori and Dave from S/V A Yacht O'Fun

Lori and Dave from S/V A Yacht O’Fun

Mike from S/V Sequoia

Mike from S/V Sequoia

Brian and Pat from S/V Hakuna Matata

Brian and Pat from S/V Hakuna Matata

Kyle and Mary from M/V La Maria

Kyle and Mary from M/V La Maria

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Matt and I were dressed alike from shirts down to flip flops

Matt and I were dressed alike from shirts down to flip flops

Barb and Dave from Una VIda and Calle a fellow Cheoy Lee owner!

Barb and Dave from S/V Una Vida and Calle, a fellow Cheoy Lee owner!

Joe rode a dinghy across the bay from Fiddlers to Pier 32 for the party

Joe rode a dinghy across the bay from Fiddlers to Pier 32 for the party

Glen and Sally from S/V The Dorothy Mariea

Glen and Sally from S/V The Dorothy Marie

Greg and Pam from Sophia Claire

Greg and Pam from S/V Sophia Claire

Wendell and Nancy

Wendell and Nancy from S/V Optional Necessity

Lauren and Veg... Errr. Kevin, my buddy from USS Juneau

Lauren and Veg… Errr. Kevin, my buddy from USS Juneau

Sully's Grandma and Grandpa visited for the weekend and helped us so much with provisioning runs and watching Sully. They made him so happy by going to the National City Trolley Depot! Thank you for your help and the visit!

Sully’s Grandma and Grandpa visited for the weekend and helped us so much with provisioning runs and watching Sully. They made him so happy by going to the National City Trolley Depot! Thank you for your help and the visit!

Barb and Sully having some drumsticks

Barb and Sully having some drumsticks

Matt brought our watermaker back from the repair shop. Thanks for keeping it in your living room while we were on vacation!

Matt brought our watermaker back from the repair shop. Thanks for keeping it in your living room while we were on vacation!

Provisioning runs covered the quarterberth

Provisioning runs covered the quarterberth

Sully sat on his dock steps one last time. We don't need these while we're cruising! We'll be using our dinghy boarding ladder to get on and off the boat.

Sully sat on his dock steps one last time. We don’t need these while we’re cruising! We’ll be using our dinghy boarding ladder to get on and off the boat.

The watermaker is a SeaQuencher 200 and it's installed and putting out water at about 7 gallons per hour.

The watermaker is a SeaQuencher 200 and it’s installed and putting out water at about 7 gallons per hour.

Watermaker test output going down the galley sink

Watermaker test output going down the galley sink

One last snack time with Carol aboard Astraea

One last snack time with Carol aboard Astraea

WIth Steve and Carol from S/V Dream Catcher

With Steve and Carol from S/V Dream Catcher

With Jan and Chuck from S/V WInd Watcher

With Jan and Chuck from S/V WInd Watcher

Underway from Pier 32. Thanks for casting us off Jan and Chuck!

Underway from Pier 32. Thanks for casting us off Jan and Chuck!

Docked at Chula Vista Yacht Club's reciprocal dock

Docked at Chula Vista Yacht Club’s reciprocal dock

Eric and Lindsay took us out to dinner at BJ's Brewhouse

Eric and Lindsay took us out to dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse

Darren and Emma came over to visit

Darren and Emma came over to visit

The boat basin at Chula Vista

The boat basin at Chula Vista

We stayed an extra night at Chula Vista and are getting underway for Glorietta Bay to hang out on the hook through Friday and then go to LaPlaya for the weekend.

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November 24, 2014
by Nate

Florida to San Diego

After Florida we hit the road to Norfolk, VA for a Ferring family gathering. On Saturday Natalie’s Aunt Martha arranged a glass blowing trip to the Chrysler Museum of Art Glass Studio. It was free for veterans that day! It was fun to work with molten glass and make a Christmas tree ornament.

Rolling in the pigments

Rolling in the pigments

Blowing the hot glass in to the ball shape

Blowing the hot glass in to the ball shape

The completed ornament

The completed ornament

The whole Ferring Family congregated on TIm and Martha's front porch in Norfolk, VA

The Ferring Family congregated on Tim and Martha’s front porch in Norfolk, VA

Sully and Elena with their Great Grandparents, Ted and Joan Ferring

Sully and Elena with their Great Grandparents, Ted and Joan Ferring

We left Norfolk on November 10 and headed up to Natalie’s Aunt and Uncle’s in Madison County, VA.

Tractor Riding with Uncle Derald Saying Hi to the horses

A hike in the woods with Uncle Derald and Aunt Tammy

A hike in the woods with Uncle Derald and Aunt Tammy

Next we headed back to my parent’s house in PA for another visit and Sully got to play in the snow. He nailed me with two snowballs from about 3 feet away.

Playing in the snow at Nana and Pappy's

Playing in the snow at Nana and Pappy’s

Sully caught his first snowflake on his tongue during our trip

Sully caught his first snowflake on his tongue during our trip

That weekend we went back to Nicole and Karl’s for another family get together.

Chilly down by the river in Harpers Ferry, WV

Storytime with Aunt Lizze

Storytime with Aunt Lizze

A family feast at Nicole and Karl's house

A family feast at Nicole and Karl’s house

Storytime with Grammy Kitchen time at Nicole and Karl's

After leaving Nicole and Karl’s we stopped by my Grandma and Grandpa Kraft’s in Hanover, PA. Aunt Lisa and Grandma made a traditional PA Dutch meal called Hog Maw. It’s a sausage and potatoe dish baked in the oven. The different thing is that it’s baked in a pig’s stomach! Yes, you can eat the stomach and it tastes porky and chewy. I helped install their new DSL router and we got a surprise visit from Aunt Luann.

We made it to the end of our trip and back to my parents house just in time for my birthday. We celebrated by having Chinese food. I was lucky that my sister got released from Ft. Dix for her new Army assignment in Pittsburgh, PA. Best of luck to you Lizze in your new job!

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Sully helped put on the candles

Sully helped put on the candles

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Happy 30th birthday to me

Happy 30th birthday to me

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The tradition for my family is a rainbow colored angel food cake. My mom makes it the best.

The tradition for my family is a rainbow colored angel food cake. My mom makes it the best.

When it came time to pack up the car to go to the airport I knew we had too much stuff so we borrowed Grandma Ness’s SUV and just barely packed all our stuff in the back in bags and cardboard boxes.

Wow. During our travels we saw almost everyone in our families! We put over 6,000 miles on the new tires on our 2003 Nissan Sentra SE-R and slept in 12 different beds. It was an exhausting 5 week trip but well worth it. Thanks to all our friends and family for the hospitality over our long trip! It was great to visit, but we had to go back to the boat.

When we got back to the boat we hauled down Lizze's yellow ribbon we flew for a year and a half while she was in Afghanistan

When we got back to the boat we hauled down Lizze’s yellow ribbon we flew for a year and a half while she was in Afghanistan

Our first night back we visited with our boat neighbor, Claudia and her beautiful newborn girl

Our first night back we visited with our boat neighbor, Claudia and her beautiful newborn girl

Sully was very gentle with the baby

Sully was very gentle with the baby and will be a good big brother in the future

November 6, 2014
by Nate

Pennsylvania to Florida

Our first stop south was in Columbus, GA. We stayed with Natalie’s Grandparents and had a good visit and as always, Gramma made great homemade food.

Visiting Flat Rock Park with Aunt Tracy

Visiting Flat Rock Park with Aunt Tracy

Touching the cold waterfall

Touching the cold waterfall

We visited a nearby pumpkin patch and took a spooky hay ride through the woods

We visited a nearby pumpkin patch and took a spooky hay ride through the woods with Gramma and Grampa Ferring

Sully picked out a pumpkin with Grampa Ferring

Sully picked out a pumpkin with Grampa Ferring

We visited the Heritage Walk Pavers at the National Infantry Museum commemorating military service in the Ferring family including Grampa Ferring, LTC Theodore Ferring, Jr INF/AVN/FAO US Army Retired, LCDR Theodore Ferring III Marine Safety USCG Retired, Todd Ferring LTC Infantry USAR and Timothy Ferring Command Sergeant Major USAR Retired

We visited the Heritage Walk Pavers at the National Infantry Museum commemorating military service in the Ferring family including Grampa Ferring, LTC Theodore Ferring, Jr INF/AVN/FAO US Army Retired, LCDR Theodore Ferring III Marine Safety USCG Retired, Todd Ferring LTC Infantry USAR and Timothy Ferring Command Sergeant Major USAR Retired

Aunt Tracy told us there was a train on post so Sully had to check it out

Aunt Tracy told us there was a train on post so Sully had to check it out

We left Columbus on Halloween headed to Tampa, FL to visit Natalie's Mom and Grandma Klement

We left Columbus on Halloween headed to Tampa, FL to visit Natalie’s Mom and Grandma Klement

When we arrived in Tampa the first thing we did was get dressed up for Trick or Treating

When we arrived in Tampa the first thing we did was get dressed up for Trick or Treating

Sully and I were pirates

Sully and I were pirates

Sully and Grammy Vicky took walks and Sully rode his motorcycle

Sully and Grammy Vicky took walks and Sully rode his motorcycle

Sully took Yogi for walks and got drug around the neighborhood by the little dog

Sully took Yogi for walks and got drug around the neighborhood by the little dog

There was also time to read books and cuddle on the couch

There was also time to read books and cuddle on the couch

Vicky surprised us with a pirate day cruise from John's Pass!

Vicky surprised us with a Pirate Cruise from John’s Pass!

It was fun to get out on the water with Vicky and Grandma Klement and I didn't have to drive!

It was fun to get out on the water with Vicky and Grandma Klement and I didn’t have to sail the boat!

At the end of the cruise the kids searched for plastic gold galleons and got pirate beards and scars painted on their faces

At the end of the cruise the kids searched for plastic gold galleons and got pirate beards and scars painted on their faces

 

We went the Indian Rocks Beach on the Gulf of Mexico

We went the Indian Rocks Beach on the Gulf of Mexico

Natalie's Mom VIcky and Natalie on the beach

Natalie’s Mom VIcky and Natalie on the beach

Washed up and ready to go home

Washed up and ready to go home

It was a good visit and we’re looking forward to sailing our boat through the Gulf of Mexico to anchor near Tampa.

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Our last night in Tampa we took Sully on a car ride to fall asleep for his nap before dinner and our car broke down. The serpentine belt broke. Luckily we were able to get it towed to a shop where they replaced the belt. The new belt snapped off too! The mechanics found that the power steering pump was loose, so they tightened it down and we made the long drive to Norfolk, VA on November 6.

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November 2, 2014
by Nate

Cross Country Trip

On October 16 I served my last day of active duty in the Navy. Now we’re on to the next step of our journey to being cruisers. We’re making a cross country trip to see family and friends before we leave for Mexico at the end of November.

Our first night we stopped at Natalie’s Dad’s house in Arizona. He and Pam were out of the country traveling to Italy, drinking wine and eating fancy cheese.

We road tripped through the 4 corners of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico

We road tripped through the 4 corners of Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico

We spent our next night with Pier 32 400 dock neighbors Tom and Dee at their house in Montrose, Colorado.

Tom showed Sully his riding mower

Tom showed Sully his riding mower

Our third night was spent in Aurora, Colorado with my Navy buddy, Jeff. He stayed with us in 2012 when we had just bought Astraea and were replacing the portlights. We visited an awesome microbrewery, Dry Dock Brewing. They had a delicious Apricot Ale and their seasonal pumpkin beer, Imperial Pumpkin, was the best we’ve very had.

Visiting Jeff in Aurora, CO

Visiting Jeff in Aurora, CO

Our next tourist stop was at the St. Louis Gateway Arch

Our next tourist stop was at the St. Louis Gateway Arch

Next we continued east and stopped in Columbus Ohio to have lunch with Natalie’s college roommate Jaime and meet her newborn son.

Lunch at Jimmy John's with Jamie and baby Allan

Lunch at Jimmy John’s with Jamie and baby Allan

We continued on to Pittsburgh, PA where we stayed with Natalie’s friend from High School, Lindsay. We toured around Pittsburgh, rode the Dusquene Incline and ate sandwiches at Primanti Brothers.

At the overlook after riding the incline

At the overlook after riding the incline

Sully riding the incline

Sully riding the incline

We visited the Heinz History Center. Sully's favorite part was the train set in the kids portion of the museum.

We visited the Heinz History Center. Sully’s favorite part was the train set in the kids portion of the museum.

We diverted south to Knoxville, MD to visit with Natalie’s sister Nicole and her husband, Karl, and their daughter, Elena.

Elena and Sully played very nicely together

Elena and Sully played very nicely together

We had fun eating delicious, hearty and healthy food (Nicole is a registered dietician) visiting and helping with farm chores, slopping the pigs and working on the roof.

We made a last minute decision to divert to Ft. Dix in New Jersey to see my sister, Lizze. She just returned to the states from serving in the Army in Afghanistan.

Lizze showed Sully the Army tank displays on base

Lizze showed Sully the Army tank displays on base

Finally we made it to our first endpoint, my parent’s house in Loganville, PA. Movers brought our extra stuff from San Diego and we’re storing it in my parent’s basement while we’re cruising for our (sometime) return to a land based life.

We got to visit with Grandma Ness from next door

We got to visit with Grandma Ness from next door

Sully played with trains still on loan from Uncle Scott

Sully played with trains still on loan from Uncle Scott

And then we headed out on our next adventure, a trip up and down the east coast to visit with more family

And then we headed out on our next adventure, a trip up and down the east coast to visit with more family

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October 22, 2014
by Nate

DeLorme inREACH SE Review

Aboard Astraea we don’t have a single sideband radio or satellite phone for long distance communication. I decided to get a satellite messenger to keep in touch with friends and family back home while we’re away from a Wi-Fi connection. Our options were the DeLorme inREACH SE and the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger. I wanted the inREACH because it doesn’t require a smart phone to send and receive text messages and it uses the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network so it’ll work wherever our travels take us. One of the best additional safety features is the SOS button. If we get in trouble we can use the inReach to start a two way text conversation with rescue personnel.

DeLORME inREACH SE and my Driod4 paired running the Earthmate app

DeLORME inREACH SE and my Droid 4 paired running the Earthmate app

Unboxing and activation was easy. Just power on the device, log in to the DeLorme web site at https://explore.delorme.com/ and enter the device’s ID and a passcode displayed on the screen. We chose the annual contract expedition plan so we can have unlimited tracking and messaging. It took about 10 minutes to set up our account, add family contact information if we needed rescue. After the online setup and payment it took a few minutes for the device to acquire a GPS position and confirmation from the satellites that it was activated.

A quick google search made it easy to add a position map to our blog. We also integrated Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

I did have some problems with the device. The right arrow key doesn’t respond when pushed so entering text using the inReach is time consuming. A quick call to DeLorme support got us connected to a service representative who immediately shipped us a replacement unit. We can call them to have the units swapped in our online account, or do it on our own.

The other problem we had was with the sync function. Once you update preset messages or information online for the device it needs to sync with the device. During the sync and software update the device the firware update failed because of a loose USB cable or loss of internet connection and our inReach gave the error message “inReach SE Firmware Not Working Properly.” We use a Mac for our daily computing and were unable to recover from this problem without help from my friend Jeff because the initial firmware installation only works with a Windows computer. Once the firmware was reinstalled the device synced with the Mac without a problem.

We’ve only been using the device for a few days now and it’s been working well. You can follow our cross country trip on our new page “Where is Astraea?

September 16, 2014
by Nate

1000 Miles Under the Keel

Last weekend we took a cruise to the La Playa Anchorage in San Diego Bay with our friends Matt and Anna. After we anchored our friends Mike and Molly from S/V Sequoia rafted up with us. We’ve been trying to go on cruises once a month to help us prepare for full time cruising starting in November.

This cruise, our goal was to test out the new batteries that I installed a week ago and go sail in the ocean. We used our Monitor wind vane and Natalie used a Scopolamine patch and didn’t get seasick!

Mike and I on the starboard side

Mike and I on the starboard side

Prepare to tack!

Prepare to tack!

We made it 3 miles out past Point Loma and the chart plotter hit 1000 Nautical Miles. We hooted and hollered to celebrate 1000 miles under Astraea’s keel under our care, then tacked back towards La Playa Anchorage.

Sunday we said goodbye to Mike and Molly and headed back to Fiddlers Cove sailing slowly under the drifter, our giant light air headsail.

Sailing back to Fiddlers Cove

Sailing back to Fiddlers Cove

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Hanging out on the bow with the family

Hanging out on the bow with the family

As we cruised down the bay we let the autopilot do the steering and we kept a good watch from up  on the foredeck. It was a great weekend cruise with great friends, great food and great sailing.

July 30, 2014
by Nate

June Visit to Loganville and Knoxville

Sully's 2nd birthday! My mom made Sully an angelfood cake

Sully’s 2nd birthday! My mom made Sully an angelfood cake

Playing tractors with Lizze

Playing tractors with Lizze

Playing tractors with Sully's Great Grandpa

Playing tractors with Sully’s Great Grandpa

Playing with big tractors in the basement. Sully calls tractors "gowa"

Playing with big tractors in the basement. Sully calls tractors “gowa”

Playing at the Loganville park

Playing at the Loganville park

Playing with Nana Kraft at the park

Playing with Nana Kraft at the park

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Running up the to cross the street to the ball field

Running up the to cross the street to the ball field

Sully's safe at home base

Sully’s safe at home base

 

 

Playing with my old farm toys

Playing with my old farm toys

Taking a car ride with Pappy

Taking a pedal car ride with Pappy

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Tractor riding with Pappy

Tractor riding with Pappy

Sully wants to drive

Sully wants to drive

Yummy

Yummy

Smoked hot dogs

Smoked hot dogs

Daddy Sully tractor time

Daddy Sully tractor time

Visiting Steam in to History's new train in New Freedom, PA

Visiting Steam in to History’s new train in New Freedom, PA

Sully rode with Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Ness

Sully rode with Great Grandpa and Great Grandma Ness

Riding the train with Natalie, Sully, Great Grandma Ness, Nana and Pappy

Riding the train with Natalie, Sully, Great Grandma Ness, Nana and Pappy

Train riding with Great Grandpa and Grandma Ness

Train riding with Great Grandpa and Grandma Ness

Riding the train with my Grandpa, Rodger Ness

Riding the train with my Grandpa, Rodger Ness

Sully took a trip to Perrydell with Nana and Pappy

Sully took a trip to Perrydell with Nana and Pappy

Looking in where they milk the cows

Looking in where they milk the cows

Visiting while the cows feed

Visiting while the cows feed

Swimming at Uncle Barry and Scott's pool

Swimming at Uncle Barry and Scott’s pool

Playing Noah's Ark at Great Grandma and Grandpa Kraft's

Playing Noah’s Ark at Great Grandma and Grandpa Kraft’s

Visiting Aunt Lisa's pond

Visiting Aunt Lisa’s pond

Searching for frogs

Searching for frogs

Koku and Pappy hanging out under the new truck topper

Koku and Pappy hanging out under the new truck topper

Visiting my cousin Amy and her baby girl Abby

Visiting my cousin Amy and her baby girl Abby

... and Olivia

… and Olivia

We had lots of fun playing together

We had lots of fun playing together

Sully took naps in the story corner

Sully took naps in the story corner

Then we rode Karl's new old tractor at the Vineyard at Frogeye

Then we rode Karl’s new old tractor at the Vineyard at Frogeye

We fed pigs

We fed pigs

and towed Uncle Karl and the wagon around

and towed Uncle Karl and the wagon around

We visited the park

Walking down to the pond at Nicole and Karl's with Lizze, Sully, me and Pappy

Walking down to the pond at Nicole and Karl’s with Lizze, Sully, me and Pappy

Sitting on the dock fishing with Pappy

Sitting on the dock fishing with Pappy

Natalie and I dropping Lizze off at the airport

Natalie and I dropping Lizze off at the airport

June 7, 2014
by Nate

Homemade Hatch Cover Screens

When we moved the boat to Fiddlers Cove Marina we had an instant fly problem. They came from nowhere. We’d been talking about gettting or making hatch covers before we moved and found them to be very expensive from West Marine so Natalie decided to make them herself.

We bought fiberglass screen material from Home Depot and had some leftover Sunbrella from when the sail covers were made. The pattern was pretty basic, just two triangles for the sides of the hatches and then a rectangle to cover the front and back. The bottom was made from Sunbrella and filled with rocks. We could have used lead shot, but decided against that because of toxicity.

Front view of Natalie's homemade hatch cover

Front view of Natalie’s homemade hatch cover

Rear view of Natalie's homemade hatch cover

Rear view of Natalie’s homemade hatch cover

After Natalie made 3 hatch cover screens a friend asked for a price for Natalie to make some for him so we searched online and found the old WestMarine hatch covers still cost almost $90, and that there’s a new competitor that only costs only $30-$40 for their largest size. Had we known that there was a lower priced offering we’d have just bought the $30 hatch covers.

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June 2, 2014
by Nate

Cruise to Mission Bay

Last week  we took off on a 4 day cruise with our friends Jill and Barret from S/V Lady Eileen, a Baba 30. They were down in California from Puget Sound visiting family and we invited them to go on a cruise with us to Mission Bay. We loaded up the boat and set sail on Wednesday around noon. Out in San Diego Bay we hauled up the sails and slowly sailed out the bay past buoy 3.

Hanging out in the cockpit

Hanging out in the cockpit

There are kelp beds to the west of Point Loma so we stayed well offshore to avoid them, but still managed to get a big piece stuck on the rudder skeg and it slowed us down by about a knot.

Mission Bay cruise planning overview

Mission Bay cruise planning overview

We anchored in the northern part of Mariners Basin called Bonita Cove. The bottom was mud and had good holding. We put out 65 feet of anchor rode in 20 feet of water.

The approach to Mariners Basin

The approach to Mariners Basin

Wednesday we launched the dinghy and went ashore to the beach. Barret was the only one adventurous enough to swim in the ocean.

Natalie, Sully, Jill and Barret (still dripping from a cold swim in the ocean)

Natalie, Sully, Jill and Barret (still dripping from a cold swim in the ocean)

Natalie and I enjoying the sun

Natalie and I enjoying the sun

We went out for lunch at a nearby restaurant and went back to the boat. Barret wanted to swim back to the boat and I decided to swim too because the water in the bay was much warmer than the ocean. Barret and I were 3/4 of the way back to the boat before Natalie and Jill got the outboard running. We put Sully down for his afternoon nap and enjoyed jumping off the boat and swimming around exploring the shore nearby.

Swim call! The girls

We found live sand dollars

We found live sand dollars

The whole gang

The whole gang

Jill and Barret

Jill and Barret

Astraea at anchor

Astraea at anchor

After swimming the girls took showers and we got ready for a bonfire and BBQ on the beach with my buddy Erick. He brought the wood and we brought hot dogs and sausages to grill. Sully played in the water and hung out on the beach blanket while we made dinner.

Sully's ready to go ashore and explore

Sully’s ready to go ashore and explore

Sully and the dinghy

Sully and the dinghy, our ride from the boat to shore

Sully exploring the shallow water

Sully exploring the shallow water

Bonfire!

Bonfire!

Jill and Sully hanging out on the blanket

Jill and Sully hanging out on the blanket

Before long the fire was dying down and we decided to head back to the boat for the night. The next day we hauled the anchor up and sailed back to San Diego Bay.

Sully spotted a passing boat

Sully spotted a passing boat

Jill and Barret were excellent crew

Jill and Barret were excellent crew

Before we knew it we were back in San Diego Bay, anchored at the La Playa anchorage near Shelter Island. Eric and Jaime from S/V Coconutz came to join us for dinner and we hung out until late in the evening.

The next morning we stowed the dinghy on deck and motored back to Fiddlers Cove so Barret and Jill could start the 1,300 mile drive back to Washington. Jill and Barret, it was great having you aboard and we look forward to cruising with you again!

Below is our trip on http://thekeel.com/. The site is done by fellow cruiser Eric Kaufman, formerly of S/V Rebel Heart, and is designed to share where you’re going and explore where you’ll go.