The dust is starting to settle and we can finally move around the boat freely without having to step over crates and boxes. It’s been a busy month moving onto “Let it Be”, unpacking the POD and working hard on boat projects. Thanks to Grandma Kathi and Grandpa Wayne for picking up the slack in San Diego when Jack and I were down with the flu! Grandpa unloaded our whole POD single handedly and Grandma played with the kids for hours on end. You are awesome!
First of all … I LOVE THE BOAT!!! I know Tia Megan and Uncle Larry are adamantly against using all caps and multiple “!!!!!” to say something, but that’s the only way I could get my point across with text. I mean hey, look at this front yard with a hammock and a trampoline!
It’s seriously like a condo on the water. I knew I would love the new boat but had no idea how much more room we would really have. I now live upstairs in the light, I can cook and go about my business upstairs with a nearly 360 degree view while watching the kids climb like little monkeys up the rigging and practice their gymnastics on the trampoline. This was a great move for the whole family. I don’t have many pictures to show yet as we’re still getting everything organized but in the near future I thought I might do a virtual tour of the boat like I did with our last boat.
We are still in San Diego, CA and I’m enjoying exploring the area. I never lived in California and I’m finding it’s an interesting kind of folk that hang here. We have motored all around the harbor in the dinghy and even out to sea to see the city from the ocean’s perspective. We often rent a car on weekends to run errands and work on provisioning.
Jack has been working so hard, long days of getting the boat ready to set out on our next journey. Most of my days are spent taking care of the kiddos, getting the boat stocked with food etc and continuing the organization process.
San Diego is known as the world capital of craft brewing and many restaurants/pubs have a sign on their door “No Crap On Tap”. Just try and find a Miller Light in this neck of the woods! I was never a big beer drinker but the interest in craft brewing is so big here that I thought I’d try my hand at it. I love the chemistry involved and all the calculations and interactions and I have a dedicated notebook with my notes and homework. I already have 2 IPAs in their secondary fermentation, I’ll let you know how it goes. The labels for my brew will say “Let it Be Beer!”.
The plan is to continue making the boat ready to depart the U.S. and sail south to Mexico the end of March. For years we had been talking about going to the Sea of Cortez and growing the crew there a bit. Now we find that we will get there a whole year ahead of schedule, if there is really such a thing. We look forward to integrating with a community in Mexico, finding new fellowship opportunities and giving our kids a chance to attend a Spanish-speaking preschool.
We have 3 weeks left in San Diego and will be working to pack the boat with everything we can’t live without. We do have a little vacation planned to Marana, AZ to visit our ballooning friends, Pat & Boby Nilz, for St Patty’s Day. It’s Pat’s birthday and Boby & Pat’s anniversary and we couldn’t stand to be just 5 hours away and not help them celebrate.
More to come!