Gary found out the hard way that the waters here in San Diego are full of stingrays. While walking in shallow water at the beach near the marina he was stung in the side of his foot by one. Anyone who has been through this will tell you it is extremely painful and in his words worse than going through two child births. Since I have never been stung by a stingray, who am I to argue 🙂 A trip to the emergency room confirmed that the best immediate treatment is soaking the foot in hot water. He is still experiencing swelling so we may be making another trip to the doctor to see if an infection has set in.

Austin and a friend went snorkeling yesterday off the cliffs in La Jolla. I guess you go snorkeling here for the chance to swim with leopard sharks. Very tame if you can use that word in the same sentence as shark but apparently they are bottom feeders. Anyway, Austin was impressed with the size of them and wants us to give it a try. Cold water and sharks. Sounds like a fun time LOL.

And we now have some toys! We never had toys at the house so this is pretty exciting for us. We got a Stand Up Paddle board and a two person kayak. Good core exercise for us and is fun paddling around though it can be quite challenging when the wind is up. Add those to the lifelines along with the dingy off the back and we’ll look like traveling gypsies on the high seas.

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Have you ever sat in a bar and watched people pull up to the dock in a boat, tie up and come in for a drink and think how fun would that be? Last week we actually did just that at the Bali Hai restaurant on Shelter Island. We have been there many times for their famous Mai Tai’s which according to a friend of ours is the Mai Tai that all future Mai Tai’s will be judged. The Bali Hai does not use any fruit juice so if you arrived by any mode of transportation besides walking, one is your limit. Gary, Austin and I had a great time and afterwards hopped back on Sereno II and enjoyed a relaxing sail back to our marina.

Bali Hai

Bali Hai

Sereno II docked at Bali Hai

Sereno II docked at Bali Hai

Even with all this fun, we still continue to work on getting the boat ready for Mexico. We installed AIS (Automatic Identification System) which identifies ships within range and transmits our position and information to other vessels in the area. This is a safety feature that we felt was really important to have to keep us safer while traveling at night. The system itself was easy to install, it was pulling the wires through the boat that was the ‘fun’ part. We spend a fair amount of time with our heads in tight places.

Still waiting on our solar panels and stainless steel structure that will support them to arrive. Here are some random pictures from the last few weeks.

San Diego Bay

San Diego Bay

Austin taking Oakley for a ride

Austin taking Oakley for a ride

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Getting some last minute instructions

Getting some last minute instructions

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Fair winds and calm seas.
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