Monday, October 25, 2010

Preparing to Depart for Baja

Pics from the Kick Off Party!

The Baja Haha begins with a bang in a few hours. All the boats have loaded the additional fuel, emptied the holding tanks, stocked their boat with an array of food and beverage, and topped off their water tanks. The Rally begins at 11am today! Our cat is located at the police dock on Shelter Island. There must be 40 Haha boats here. The 30' cat behind has been in work mode since we arrived. The skipper seems tireless as he prepares his vessel for the voyage. Up the mast, installing solar panels, cleaning and scrubbing. He is behind the 8 ball but says he will cast off no matter what. In the meantime, our boat is ready to go. We have a meticulous skipper who has prepared his vessel well. We had a few chores and then my nephew came down from LA to meet up with us. We have been checking out the best in San Diego. The Mission, La Jolla, Mission Bay and finally Balboa Park. What an amazing park! Lots going on with museums, fairs and festivals. Plus the amazing historical buildings and the trees! After lunch, we headed over to the Kick Off Party for the Haha at West Marine. Lots of happy folks eating and drinking and looking forward to the trip. Several costume contests and lots of prizes to the winners. After, we made our last trip to the store to pick up the fruit and veggies for the trip. We are stocked and ready for the 750 mile journey down the Baja coast. The forecast is for morning showers and 15-20 knot winds. Perfect for a run down the coast! The crew is looking forward to a great trip and so am I!!

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