I totally forgot to mention Catalina!!!

Right after I looked at the Eagles Nest sailboat and put in an offer, Brent and I went to Catalina Island for his birthday.  This was our second time there.  We both love this place!

You need to take either a ferry or helicopter to get there.  If you leave the mainland on your birthday, the ferry ride is free!  They give you a blue birthday ribbon and a print out of special deals you can get on your birthday.  Last year we went on my birthday.  I thought it was hilarious because everyone wishes you a happy birthday as soon as they see the little ribbon.

We stopped at Dennys before boarding the ferry…Brent has this odd obsession with Dennys; which is also free on your birthday.  Then we were off to Dana Landing to get on the boat.  Next year I hope to sail to Catalina, but one thing at a time.  We took the 9:45am boat, and despite getting there super early got on board about 10 minutes before it left the dock.  If you go, keep in mind that you have to wait in line to get your tickets and pay for your parking…you then go to the parking lady to get your display ticket…then drive to long term parking…then take a shuttle back.  That whole process could potentially take an hour, and the boat will not wait!

The boat ride is about an hour and twenty minutes.  You can sit upstiars, in the boat, or sit on either side of the bow area, but not all the way up front.  The island slowly becomes visible, and then the tiny port town of Avalon.  It’s bright and colorful, the homes and businesses are built neatly into the cliffs which surround the harbor.  Boats on moorings line the water almost up to shore, which is full of sunbathers and swimmers.

After we disembarked it was time for an early lunch.  We had all of our luggage so we didn’t wander too far!  Since Catalina is rather expensive, we always choose to camp.  We take a taxi a mile to the campground, and then for the remainder of our trip we take the Garibaldi…an electric bus which replaced the old trolley.  The bus costs a dollar each way, and sometimes it has “free days”.  Before arriving at the campground we stopped at the Von’s (grocery store) to get a few supplies.  Ok, to get beer.  This is where you see all of the golf carts belonging to the locals…it’s very difficult to have a car, so everyone has golf carts.  The city only allows a certain amount of autos, and it’s extremely expensive to have one even if you get permission.

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We set up our little camp and were ready to go!  The site is called Hermit Gulch, and as they tell you…there are critters!  Deer, hungry birds and foxes.

 

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Our favorite part is the snorkeling, and this time was better than the last!  We dove at the casino last year.  This year, the bus driver and bus riders told us about “Lovers Cove”.   Holy moly!  There were so many fish!!  And the water wasn’t as cold.  As we walked our short 5 minute walk from the dock drop off we saw a huge amount of people in the water.  The second we got to the steps to the water an older gentleman blew a whistle and started to get everyone out of the water.  Turns out is was a class.  We got there just at the right time.  We swam around with my little fake GoPro…my FauxPro.  Then, a lady in the water holding a gatorade bottle full of peas asked if I wanted some…  Oh my good golly!!  FISH LOVE PEAS!!!  They went nuts to get these things.  So the next two days we went to the cove we brought our own peas.  It’s crazy!  The fish will bounce off of your, bite your bathing suit…then they follow you for a little while hoping you have more.  We were laughing like little kids…we had so much fun!

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Our other favorite thing to do is “app-hop”, and not in the millennial sense.  Since we travel on a budget we don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on dinner.  So we just grab a beer and a snack at all the different restaurants and bars.  We get to see more that way, and try not to spend as much.  We finally made it in to Luaa Larry’s!!  It was packed, and we were only there at lunch time!!

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Back at the campsite we made dinner…and had some unexpected guests….

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This year we also made it south of the main part of town to a restaurant called “Buffalo Nickel”.  We walked over after one of our snorkeling adventures.  It was great, hardly any tourists (except us, haha), and we got to watch the helicopter take off and land.  The restaurant serves bison/buffalo…and buckets of beer!

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As with most vacations…ours ended with a morning Tecate.   Can’t wait to go back!

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Tis the season…for my shifts to get cut, argh!!!

As I trudge onward with “Operation get a sailboat”, my place of employment hit an all time low for guests both staying at the hotel and coming in to dine at the restaurant.  As an old friend would say in times of financial distress, “this too shall pass”.

I’m sure it will, and my bills are all paid on time, so I’m not in panic mode.  BUT!  I’m trying so hard to make this sailboat home a reality and a slowdown of potential savings for a boat is killing me.

And now that my little buddy has moved onto the big farm in the sky full of pizza crusts and frisbees, I’m even more in full steam ahead mode.  I fully intend to get another dog once I’ve settled into the sea life.  Maybe a little Scottie?  Oh look, the cart is way up there in front of the horse again…my bad.

My days off (which are a plenty) are spent crafting creations, building my squarespace website to sell said creations and fill out time consuming, extensive applications online for job positions which have yet to contact me for an interview.

I have created a new Instagram account called Off_the_Boat.  And if I copied the link correctly this will take you to it:  https://www.instagram.com/off_the_boat/

Here’s one of my creations

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That’s all, just a quick update today.  Hope is off in the distance, behind the low checking account balance and vastly open work schedule.

 

See you all soon, and happy sailing!!!

-Eileen

 

 

 

Slight change of plans…

I was supposed to start my Advanced Sailing course tomorrow at the Mission Bay Aquatic Center.  The course is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday 9am to 12noon; for two weeks.  However, the little photography company that my boyfriend and I have has gotten a few inquiries for shoots for the next couple of Saturdays.  Sooooo, I decided to just postpone my class until October, which seems far off but it’s only a month.  The only hesitation I had was in case these people flake and cancel their shoot which means I could have taken the class anyway.  Ah well, it’ll all work out in the end.  🙂

Also, my little critter Kaleigh has had some health issues pop up.  She kept having accidents over night in her sleep despite already being on a prescription for what I can basically describe as “old lady dog pee leaks”.  I took her to the vet (who happens to be my roommate), and she had some bloodwork run.  Turns out the poor thing had a bladder infection.  She went on antibiotics for 10 days.  That whole shabang set me back about $300 or so.  I should get an ultrasound or and x-ray done to check for bladder stones…but realistically I won’t put her into surgery even if there were any since she’s already 15 years old.  Otherwise, she’s in rather good health.  Although, yesterday she struggled to stand, but she had gone on a nice walk the night before.  I’m just hoping there’s nothing awful brewing in there.

She had a walk tonight and did quite well.  Yay Kaleigh!  Oh, and the name of our photography company is Pinpoint Photo San DIego, which can be found at http://www.pinpointphotosandiego.com.  It’s a work in progress.  IMG_0041

….she’s a happy little lady!