Girls In-Charge when Storm hits & Our Dinghy’s Final Resting Spot…#17

Excitement is normal when we cruise in the ocean and change locations. Leaving San Francisco on a Thursday morning, a day or two later than we wanted because of the weather. Which reminded us who’s boss…Mother nature! We were excited to have Clark Nelson with us on our trip, just another set of hands is always good, but the best part is we enjoy being with Clark, he is just a joy to travel with and always jumps in to help on anything! Thanks Clark, YOU’RE THE BEST!!

Our plan was to have two stops along the way, North end of Monterey Bay and Morro Bay with our final location Oxnard, Bahia Marina in the Channel Islands. Our first stop was Santa Cruz on the north end of Monterey Bay. We arrived about 4pm with no issues and anchored in the bay. We had dinner and got ready for our early rise the next morning.

We headed out early the next morning for Morro Bay. As we headed down the coast across the miles of Monterey Bay south, the weather was a bit rougher than expected. A decision was made to anchor in the south end of Monterey bay and try again in the morning.

Next morning was much calmer and we headed down to Morro Bay Yacht Club. We had a nice side tie on the guest dock for 1 night. The boys, Dan and Clark, had fun visiting with the club members that helped us tie up. 

We again headed out in the dark of the morning to give us enough time to arrive at Oxnard, Channel Islands Harbor with daylight. We arrived at Bahia Marina Sunday late afternoon with a great slip big enough for our boat.


As Dan and I looked forward to the upcoming weeks we both had different feelings and anticipation.  Dan was going back to Portland to meet up with friends to go hunting, and I was going to have some alone time on the boat. This Girl was NOT spending two weeks alone…. THAT’s for sure. So thank goodness for girlfriends, I might have gone nuts with too much time alone. This was the first time that I was going to stay on the boat by myself and “in charge” of everything for 2 weeks. I’m sure Dan was a bit nervous, but so was I. I needed to paying attention to all the critical boat stuff to make sure my guests and I live comfortably, but also so I don’t ruin something and have a big mess for Dan to clean up when he returns. I needed to pay attention to things like; not running out of water, making sure that the power stays on and our holding tanks don’t overfill. Along with any unexpected items. Which there always is , when living on a boat.

Welcoming Committee

Dan, Clark and I spent a few days visiting with the folks on the 3 live-a-boards that were next to us, learning about the marina, town and the daily dock visitors, the Sea lions. Then early one morning the guys headed to Portland and left me ALONE!

I had a few days before the first group of girls joined me for a long weekend. Molly, Emily & Kylie joined me on Friday night. We had a great day on Saturday in Santa Barbara at a couple wineries. We packed snacks and had a great time with each other and with the town and wineries.

We spent time on the beach and got some great sunset pictures, fun dinners on the boat, played cards, rode bicycles, kayaks, paddle board and lots of laughter! We even found the Sunday Farmers Market and got some fresh fruits and veggies. It was a long time since I had girl time, so it was really nice!

Girls had to leave on Mid-day Monday, I was then alone again, with a storm coming. I had to work on doing some more securing of our lines and closing everything down, all the hatches and portholes and tighten down the canvas so I didn’t have water where it doesn’t belong. When I got up the next morning I was surprised. That was no storm…. They really haven’t lived through a storm until they have lived through one one in the Pacific NW.  Everything looked good except I did have one injury that that needed attention. One of the lines we had as a spring line was rubbing and wearing and it could have caused an issue, so I needed to change the line and direction and stop the wearing and possible breakage. Which I did with no issue. TaDa!

A few days later my sister Julie joined me. She really didn’t know what to expect about life on a boat or what we would be doing. I think I blew her mind with how beautiful it is, so much down time and fun activities.

We visited nearby cities; Malibu, Santa Barbara & Ventura, we had fun dinners out and on the boat, beach time with beautiful sunsets and I took her on her first the wave-runner ride in through the canals and out towards the ocean. We had a great time and we definitely ate way too much ice cream, but it was sure fun!

But the most important activity is Julie cut and colored my hair for me. It looks so much better! Nice of Julie to spend some of her vacation working… but on a special client, her Sis!

After Julie left I had some more alone time before Dan came back. I was really happy to have him back but sure enjoyed my girl time!!!! THANK YOU LADIES, I appreciated your time with me! Hope you had as much fun as I did.

Dan and I planned our next move. I had stayed in Oxnard for 2+ weeks and was really ready to see something new. Our plan was to anchor out at Santa Cruz Island for a couple days and then head to Catalina & San Diego, our final destination before Mexico. BUT first we had to take care of our dinghy.

If you’ve kept up on our blogs, you know we had issues with our dinghy getting a hole (Blog #6, 7 & 8). Dan did a great job fixing it…. BUT it didn’t hold. We finally had to call the insurance company and put in a claim. The adjuster came and assessed it and said we did a good job with our fix. When the claim was processed the dinghy was totaled. So our final resting place for our old dinghy was to recycle her as a trade-in and get a new one. We were able to get one that is a little bit smaller and lighter in weight. The other one was too heavy and actually putting some stress on the ceiling of our boat when we used the crane. So we made more lemonade with our lemons with our new dinghy! We are happy!

If you have noticed, I haven’t written a blog in a few weeks. I took time off while I was with the Girls. I also had some time with no service too. Will try and keep up on my weekly routine.

Next up….. “Channel Island – Santa Cruz, Catalina and San Diego Mexico prep”

Cheers from Angelique

Private Island Resort, Public Docks & “Repel Boarders @ 4 am”….#16

Leaving the Vallejo docks was a happy day. We had stayed for over a week and were ready for a change of view. We were headed inland to meet up with our son Chase and his buddy Cole. We found an easy spot to dock at Antioch Public Marina for the kids to take BART from SFO and join us. It is always fun to welcome new guests. Getting ready, meal planning, food bought, beds made & boat clean! We’re ready! Kids found us easily and we headed to our destination of Tinsley Island, an out station of the St Francis Yacht Club, a private island for members and guests only.

It was like a resort with swimming pool, VB courts, horse shoes, BBQ pits equipped with real mesquite, covered tables, fire pit, light house, and private docks! There was lots of nice friendly help and during the week pretty quiet. Had the swimming pool all to ourselves, cooked great meals, used the jet ski/wave runner, SUP and lots of down time. We had a great stay and enjoyed our time with the kids. While Dan and I hiked up to the top of the lighthouse while Chase and Cole were swimming. I just snapped a pic of the pool and didn’t know Cole was attempting a back flip. After the pic was taken Dan yelled that Cole just did a back flip. I looked at the pic to see if i captured it. Well…. with it blown up you can see the accidental capture of his back flip. Too cool.

After our 3 days at the resort, we headed back to Antioch public dock and let the kids go hang with friends in the city (San Francisco & Berkeley) as we did a couple projects and enjoyed our new location. The Smith Landing Restaurant had nice happy hour & dinners and near our dock. They told us that the restaurant had only been open for a couple weeks. John and Karen Enloe came to visit us for a couple hours while they were commuting home from a visit with other family members. It was nice to see them and had a great late lunch at the restaurant. The kids came and went all weekend long.

Early Sunday morning around 4 am I heard a noise on our back deck. (I always hear noise, I wake Dan up and it is nothing) so here I go again…..Dan is waken up by his crazy wife who hears a noise, thank goodness he humors me. We sit quietly and listen and nothing…. we tuck ourselves back into bed when a loud creaking happens above our heads. When someone walks on the back enclosed deck it is a unique noise. We both hop out of bed, Dan grabs his high intensity flashlight and heads up to see what is happening.

Our back deck has zippered canvas and a flip door gate about thigh high. Someone would have to unzip and climb over to gain access to our “Sapphire Deck”

He finds a female type person sitting in a chair on our sapphire deck. He loudly told her to “LEAVE OUR BOAT NOW” she doesn’t move and starts to tell her story to Dan… “I love boats and use to be in the coast guard….blah blah blah..” she continues. He repeats himself loudly. “LEAVE OUR BOAT NOW”  and many more times. She still continues to sit and seems to thinks she can explain herself and we will let her stay on. Finally she leaves the boat, meeting up with her bicycle she left beside the boat. By this time Chase and I are on the phone with 911 asking for police. As she moves to the dock, she continues to explain herself to Dan, which he just keeps the flashlight on her, thinking she will talk long enough for the police to arrive. Of course she leaves just before they arrive. We tell the whole story to the police and then head to bed in hopes the police will find her. It takes us a while to fall asleep due to the adrenaline charge we all had.

We all got up a bit late after the event from that night and sat chatting about what just happened. I looked up and saw a similar shaped female person heading down the dock towards our boat. Dan stepped out to check to see who it was. When she started talking I knew it was the same person. The voice stuck in my head. She said “I want to apologize for last night and I brought you a peace offering of a banana”. YES, she had one WHOLE banana for us. I guess we were rude because we didn’t accept her offering of this wonderful gift. She asked if she could come on board our boat. Now Dan is angry and told her “please leave you scared my family and you need to leave now”, which again Dan had to ask multiple times. Because she had to explain herself, you know….  She finally went up the ramp to the sidewalk area, Dan quickly called the Marina and explained what had happened that night and now she was back. We couldn’t believe she came back, she really didn’t think she had done anything wrong, I guess. The Marina called the Police this time, but she left again before they arrived. But this time we had pictures. Our back deck camera took one while she was sitting and we took them when she came back to explain herself. We turned them over to the Police. We have since made an adjustment to the zipper, so that it can’t be unzipped, and we are planning on putting in different lighting system. Adding a bit more security is a must. Luckily she wasn’t dangerous. She was probably just high on something and seemed to be taken with the beauty of our boat.

We did enjoy our time on the Antioch dock. Folks would go the the restaurant and then swing by to see our yacht. We would chat with them as they would ask lots of questions.

On Monday afternoon Clark Nelson joined us for our trip south. Tuesday morning we left Antioch Marina and headed back to Sausalito for an easy leave from the bay.  We had such a great time in the Bay Area. AND lots of stories to tell too. ha ha ha

Heading towards the bridge
Golden Gate in our rear view

Stay Safe and Cheers from the Angelique on Day 92 of our Trip!

Teaser … Upcoming article – The Dinghy Saga Continues & Our Trip South

Good Marinas with Great Food – Sharing both with you!…#14

While in Northern California, we have seen way more cloudy/foggy days than Portland. Granted we are in the bay area… but where is the sun? It is cold, foggy and windy in the morning and by 1 or 2 pm the sun comes out and it is warm for a few hours. Then it happens again and again and again…each and every day. I’m ready for Southern Cal… just saying!

After making our transit south we landed in Sausalito for a few days at the Clipper Yacht Marina. We had a nice side tie spot and the docks were wonderful. City was fun too, lots of cool shops and restaurants. Our friends from Walnut Creek, Wendy and Kurt took us out for a day on land, we had a great time with them checking out the areas around us. Call the Marina before to get in, very nice and friendly.

Chase took this and the sunset looks like a fire! CRAZY

We then went to St Francis Yacht Club, which is a private club and we were honored to be guests of a member, Jeren (Dan’s friend from work). Because this is private you need to know someone to get in. The club is awesome with a restaurant/bar open for business Wednesday through Sunday for members & guests. Menu was great! Very old honored club of sail boaters and motor boaters and is the oldest sailing club in the western US. It was really cool to be right in the city. We took the subway to a Giants baseball game one night & went to Nob Hill to visit Grace Cathedral & have lunch. Grocery store close by marina too. It was the best location and the view of Golden Gate Bridge can’t be beat!!!

Then headed to Vallejo Municipal Marina, with a large dock for us to use. I went wine tasting with the ladies and my good friend MaryJean!  Had a great time with my lady friends. Dan and I went to a Friday night dinner at the Vallejo Yacht club. Much less formal than St Francis Yacht Club . We took the dinghy up to Napa and had snacks and enjoyed the trip and views. Municipal Marina has tons of room, very easy to get to and the Yacht Club would take us but we were just too big. Give them both calls ahead of time.

City monument from days when this was the entrance to the Naval base shipyard. Dan worked here for a couple months in 1979 after graduation from Annapolis

Beth, Angela & MaryJean (Joan taking pic)

One of my favorite things to do is cook healthy food for us and our guests.  I really like to  cook fast, easy meals where I don’t have to follow directions. Cause I’m not one for following the rules….. ask my Mom. (thanks Mom for putting up with me)  I love to ad-lib, adjust, recreate & be a bit creative with everything in my life, including cooking. BUT.. I did write down a couple of my favorite recipes this from this trip..SO FAR. I hope you enjoy them.

pic of crab cakes w-sauce

This recipe can be adjusted to the spiciness level very easy.  You can make 4 large ones or 8 smaller ones for appetizers, I’ve done both.  Serve with Lemon and you can add a bit of lemon in the spicy sauce too. Angelique Crab Cakes w-sauce – print or save 

pic of banana oat muffins

I have made these so many times and always a hit. Ad-lib on these too, but only remove 1 item at a time if you don’t want something in your diet or dislike.  DON’T over cook.   Angelique Banana Oat muffins – print or save 

pic of pesto sauce

This is a staple in our house, I use for so many things. It is very healthy and adds good flavor to anything.  Message me if you need ideas. Angelique Pesto Sauce – print or save

We have enjoyed our time in Northern California. Please let me know if you try the recipes or Marinas.

Cheers and I’m toasting to no wind, sun and increased temps while we are here.