Friday, April 17, 2015

Lazy days in Ensenada

Maitreya and her captain and crew are enjoying lazy days in Ensenada. The trip down was uneventful and unfortunately no wind although we had a forecast of a nice breeze around 10 knots. We left the Police Dock a little after 5 am and motored for about 10 hours, catching a bit of kelp in the shallow waters around Enseneda before we reached Marina Coral. A big luxury yacht was speeding by us and on the AIS we noticed they got into the same marina, which made it a bit easier to find exactly where the entrance of the breakwater is. The Mexican Navy was patrolling as well but apparently we were of no interest to them.

The marina staff is as friendly as we remembered and the facilities including the pool are lovely as ever. Unfortunately the little white crew member is not allowed in the hotel area so we're taking turns enjoying the pool before our showers. The spa is being renovated and all live-aboards and cruisers are awaiting the time when it reopens so we can use their showers again. Life is hard....:-)

Piper is exploring the neighborhood happily and is making sure all folks around are greeted properly.

Last weekend, we had the good fortune to enjoy some of the best Baja Californian wines and great seafood, right in our back yard. Together with our new neighbors we enjoyed the 25 year anniversary Festival de las Conchas y Vino Nuevo. Great fun with great new friends!

Friday, April 3, 2015

The supervisor on the premises

He surely likes the sun! Also figured out how to get off the boat under the lifeline netting and tried to catch a seal (second time around); we'll see how that works in real time....

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Still hanging in SoCal....

Maitreya and her captain and crew are still in San Diego upgrading and fixing stuff on the boat and now waiting for repair of the SSB radio that had to be sent back to Icom. Ahhh, the cruising life.....but there are certainly worst places in the world to work on your boat :-) We're enjoying the lovely weather, company of close friends, the hospitality of the Southwestern Yacht Club now for the second time and anchored last weekend in La Playa Cove where we were able to dock our new dinghy at the San Diego Yacht Club. Previously we were able to enjoy the full benefit and amenities of the San Diego Yacht Club but unfortunately our little white crew member is not allowed on Maitreya at their docks.

We also stayed for a few days at the Police Dock, which is pretty much deserted after the City increased the fee to yacht club level daily charges ($1/ft). There is a beautiful little park that is built by a non-profit organization called the Pacific Rim Park Project. From their website:

The parks are designed and built by architecture students under the artistic supervision of leading artists, architects and urban planners. The students come from the countries of the Pacific Rim. They transcend their language and cultural differences through a shared vision to design and build a park within a time frame of 30 days. After a new park is completed, it is given as a gift to the citizens of the Pacific and to the sponsoring organization or institution in the host city. All parks are for the public, and are directly connected to the Pacific Ocean. 

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