Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monterey to Newport Beach, August 31-September 3

From August 31 to September 3, we traveled to Newport Beach.  We left on August 21  at approximately 10:00 p.m. following a great dinner with Eulalie’s brother John and his wife Betty, and our three nieces (Sophie, Jeanette and Sarah) and our nephew Liam.  While our berths were inviting, we stuck to our plan to head out if the weather was calm and not too foggy.  We alternated three hour watches.  We rounded Point Conception the morning of September 2 with steady winds, fog and somewhat confused seas.  True to what we had heard the air became much warmer after we finished rounding Conception.  Shooting stars marked early morning of September 3, the third anniversary of purchasing Elizabeth Jean.  As we approached Marina Del Rey where we had planned to pull in for the day, the wind was steady and the sun warm.  We checked our calculations and saw that we could make Newport Beach before dark.  We texted our daughter Jean, who lives in the area.  We arrived with a beautiful sunset.  Paddlers were clearing the jetty, as if to welcome us to our destination.  We will stay in the Newport Beach area through the fall.

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After our first night out, we were south of Monterey.

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The coastal mountains were visible from our vantage point ten miles off shore

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Garmin shows us 25 nautical miles from Point Conception, which often concentrates wind and waves to challenge mariners.

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Favorable winds allowed us to deploy our self steering windvane

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Steady wind held through a glorious sunset

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After rounding Conception, we entered Santa Barbara Channel where offshore oil rigs served as hard-to-miss (visually) navigational adis

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Marina Del Rey appears on the chart as a cluster of green triangles. We calculated our distance and time to Newport Beach and realized we could make port there before sunset.  The chart shows our sharp right hand turn away from Marina Del Rey as we pressed on for Newport Beach.

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The Port of Los Angeles kept us on our toes.

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Garmin shows us the distance of vessels approaching the Port.  This shot estimates the vessel will come within .9 nautical miles within 8 minutes.

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Here the cargo ship is in real life.

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Our approach to Newport Beach

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Paddlers emerging from the breakwater to greet us.

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Another beautiful sunset as we settle in to our home for the fall.

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Our daughter Jean, who lives up the watershed in Irvine, joined us for dinner.  She helped us celebrate reaching our destination.

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Santa Cruz to Monterey and Monterey-August 30-31

We departed Santa Cruz for Monterey at 1:00 p.m. on August 30.  We crossed Monterey Bay under our jib.  Mixed seas slapped us around  a bit in the late afternoon.  Around 6:00 p.m. we tied up in our slip in the Monterey Marina.  The next day we enjoyed a Greek festival at the harbor and walked past Cannery Row to the Monterey Aquarium.  Eulalie’s brother, John and his family and our nephew Liam joined us for dinner.

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Monterey Marina

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Our visit coincided with a Greek festival at the harbor

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Dancing to the Greek tunes

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Savoring Greek treats

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The walk to the Aquarium included information regarding Monterey’s waters.

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Close, to shore harbor seals basked in the sun

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The Owl’s Wisdom

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It is best that Albatross tells this story

Albatross: Let me begin by introducing another animal from the totem world: Owl

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The owl spirit animal is emblematic of a deep connection with wisdom and intuitive knowledge. If you have the owl as totem or power animal, you’re likely to have the ability to see what’s usually hidden to most. When the spirit of the animal guides you, you [understand] the true reality and see beyond illusion and deceit. The owl also offers for those who have it [as] a personal totem the inspiration and guidance necessary to deeply explore the unknown and the magic of life. (Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.com)

And now to my story:

Owl lives in the wooded ravine behind Eric and Eulalie’s house. They keep their bedroom window at night, even in winter to hear Owl’s call.  In the short days before Eric and Eulalie moved from their home to Elizabeth Jean, Owl could hear Eulalie and Eric wondering about their plan to depart. Could they ever be ready? Was it wise to give up so much of what they knew and love for their new journey’s many uncertainties.  Late one night after packing yet another box for storage and with their imminent departure nigh,  Owl called excitedly from the ravine.  As if to dispel any doubt about her message, Owl exclaimed again and again, a singular voice in the night’s silence.   Owl urged action.  It was time to embark. 

Faithfully submitted,

Constant and Enduring Albatross

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