Nov 25, 2011

Oh The Universe Has a Great Sense of Humor (random tidbits)

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed
By the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor.
 Catch the trade winds in your sails.
Explore. Dream. Discover.
Mark Twain 

Always a surprise around the corner
A marina in San Diego where we are docked for a night doesn’t have hot water when it is time for us to take a shower; we are offered a nice hotel room to take one. What a nice gesture!

On the night watch coming to Ensenada, we were followed by a cruise ship for 5-6 hours. The ship was fitted with some disco-like strobe lights shining bright invading the peaceful dark sky dotted with stars. Not sure why a cruise ship this size was only going 2 knots – perhaps not wanting to arrive in Ensenada before a set time but it is unnerving when such large vessels just don’t seem to ever get away from your path, especially at night when you are not sure what they are. On port side however, we were able to watch a ½ moon glowing bright burnt orange rising over the mountains, accompanied by several shooting stars – such a dichotomy from the cruise ship on starboard.

Leaving Ensenada – no wind or very light ones going in circles so after 12 long hours of bobbing and not getting away from two rocky points (islands on starboard, land on port), we finally break down and put the electric motor in to get a little more distance from land before complete darkness (peace of mind / safety zone)… No sooner do we do this, 11-17 knot winds come out of nowhere and off we go the whole night.

We had to take down the jib to fix the clew. While we were both deeply entrenched in taking the jib down as well as fighting the wind, a whale comes by for a visit.

These are just small reminders that you never know what is around the corner. It’s nice to stay open and in tune to all that may come your way.

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