Paddling in the San Juan Islands, WA
Limerick at anchor in the San Juan Islands. Mt Baker in the distance.
Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatán, Mexico.
Camille at anchor in Mexico
Snorkeling in Cozumel, Mexico
Camille from above
Limerick in the San Juan Islands
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico (Camille in the distance)
Camille in Ensenada Grande, Baja, Mexico
Fireweed in Alaska
Butterfly Fish, Big Island, Hawai'i
Limerick underway in British Columbia
Mike and Dorado, Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Ice floes in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Limerick and Chatterbox Falls in Princess Louisa Inlet, BC
Minivan Camper near Death Valley
Camille anchored off Isla San Francisco, Mexico
Fire Dancer, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
Fishing for salmon in Alaska
Colorado River float at Horseshoe Bend
Limerick and moon in BC
Limerick and SUPs on Pelican Beach, Cypress Island, WA
Limerick in Reid Harbor, Stuart Island, WA
Bonfire on the beach in Shallow Bay, Sucia Island, WA
Freediving in Aruba
San Juan Islands Sunset
La Jolla Cove on our inflatable kayak and SUP
Minivan Camping near the Seven Mile Bridge, Florida Keys
Staying on a organic citrus and avocado farm in San Diego
Surfing in San Diego

San Diego Birthday – Sailing and Kayaking

I love birthdays because they are a great excuse to do something fun. And of course there is cake and that is how we started the day: 7am. Cupcakes. We usually don’t do presents, but we’ve been wanting a manual coffee grinder for the boat, so that was Mike’s present.Later in the day we headed down to San Diego Bay and rented a 26′ sailboat. Since we now have a trawler it had been a while since we went sailing. After getting the sail caught in the lazy-jacks while hoisting, we got the hang of it.For birthday dinner we headed to our favorite restaurant with my parents. ((I love the selfie beauty-setting on my new phone! ☺ )) The restaurant has the best mai tais, which are so potent, they come with a warning and are limited to two per person. So we stayed in a nearby hotel that night. The next day we headed to La Jolla Cove and took out the inflatable SUP and inflatable Hobie kayak. Since they pack down fairly small they go everywhere with us in the minivan. This must be the only beach in San Diego you can drive a car onto. This sea lion followed us around for a while. And after we were back on the beach we saw a whale about 200 yards from shore!Some of the best entertainment is watching the kayak tours come back to the beach surfing the waves and getting tumbled. Not wanting to have the same fate I swam back to shore while Mike brought in my kayak.

Making the Bed on a Boat – Made Easy

Ever try to make a boat bunk or RV bed to which you only have access from one side? It’s not easy! Add to that a mattress which is of non-standard dimensions and it makes for quite a challenging and frustrating exercise.  When we bought Limerick all of our cushions were covered in a palm tree fabric that we felt was just a little too busy. We had most of the cushions recovered in a soft, off-white vinyl. We like how it looks and any stains wipe right off — the engine room is just below the table so stains are inevitable. Here is a before and after.We decided not to cover the V-berth cushions in vinyl because it would not work well with sheets when we have guests staying in our forward cabin. Most times our V-berth ends up being the catch-all for jackets, blankets, tools, parts, etc. When we are doing big projects the V-berth becomes the workshop and I cover the cushions with some old, ill-fitting sheets.I finally found a better solution for our V-berth cushions. Bunk Sox! Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Socks for your bunk cushions. An amazing alternative to the “fitted” bottom sheet, they can also be used to freshen up your look.Bunk Sox simply roll down onto the cushion and do not need to be tucked. Ever. The only seam is at the top, so even if it twists you will not be sleeping on an uncomfortable seam.I start at the widest part and roll down. Bunk Sox are made from a thick cotton/poly fabric, similar in feel to jersey, that stretches to fit the cushion. The remaining open end just folds under the mattress.Bunk Sox come in three different sizes. Our cushions are 29 inches at the widest part and about five inches tall. The small Bunk Sox are a perfect fit. And since they are perfectly washable we can also use them as a bottom sheet when we have guests. Lately we’ve been using the V-berth as more of a lounging room since it’s finally pretty and cozy in there. Oh, and remember the the post I did about ventilating the underside of our bunks to stop condensation?

Cruising BC’s Desolation Sound

After our shakedown cruise in June, followed by another haul-out to fix a few more items, we were finally ready to start heading north. Or so we thought…

While the boat was being lowered into the water we received a call offering work on the Columbia River for a few weeks. The next day, we hauled back out and put Limerick back into storage. Having her on the hard when we are not aboard is a lot less worry. We spent the rest of June and most of July on the river doing dredge surveys.

At the end of July we finally made it back to the boat and launched the very next day. Within a couple of days we were in Canada and on our way to Desolation Sound! We love our flying bridge and spend most of our time underway and at anchor up here. After turning the corner into Desolation Sound we are greeted by snow-capped mountains.Unlimited supply of oysters! After two years cruising Mexico and getting way too much sun, I am obsessed with making shade. The umbrella works pretty well in the dinghy too.Taking trash to shore with the kayak. Everywhere I go I am asked what “sort of contraption” that is. It’s a Hobie hybrid kayak/SUP/pedal boat and I love it! It even goes backwards.Mike loves his inflatable paddle board. It’s faster to set up and get going but not quite as versatile. It is the easiest way to take the stern tie to shore, in our opinion.Much of the water around Desolation Sound is “warm”. Well, not freezing cold anyway. We were able to swim everyday thanks to an amazing, sunny summer. After countless recommendations from other cruisers I purchased some turkish towels. They dry super fast and take up a third of the space of regular towels. 

 

To see all of our destinations check out our (free, downloadable, editable) digital log book. We use Google Calendar to track our cruising destinations.

By early September we had to be back in Washington to once again store Limerick and head back to work. Luckily our work is mostly on the water!

For those of you interested in the cost of cruising check out our Cruising Expenses and how we are able to afford cruising well before retirement age.

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