|Grace and Odessa in Ventura Isle Marina|
|White knuckle driving|
|Gender bending in Ventura, CA|
|Beach at Ventura Harbor|
|Patti and Fr osty|
|Paul and Judy|
|Red sky in the morning sailor take warning|
Ventura is a beautiful town - the area surrounding the marina is a mix of hotels, shopping and residential and then just across the street is a strawberry farm. The old downtown Main Street is remininscent of the 50's complete with the cute little bunglaow motels like the one's my family stopped at along the way on our drive from Texas to California when I was just a kid.
Our friends, Paul and Judy had planned to leave on Tuesday, but didn't, so the four of us took the opportunity to do some provisioning and run some other errands. Paul and Judy left on Wednesday morning, but due to the Santa Ana winds, only made it to Oxnard which is five miles away.
I hope this doesn't get too confusing. In the meantime, other friends, Patti and Frosty, who have been housesitting in Santa Monica, called and said they would be at our boat around noon (Wednesday) to visit for the afternoon. They have been cruising in Mexico and passed along some helpful information. Later, the four of us drove to Oxnard and joined Paul and Judy for happy hour.
Thursday (yesterday) was our first solid day to work on some projects. Michael went up the mast in his new bosun's chair and said it was actually comfortable. I managed to get a handle on what kind of provisions we had left over on the boat from the trip down from Seattle. We enjoyed our first dinner on our boat last night (alone) since arriving. We we still have a few projects and stowing to do, but then it's a boat.
Weather permitting, we plan to leave the dock on Sunday to head down the coast a short ways, then to Newport. From Newport we plan to visit Catalina Island and work our way to San Diego on November 17th.
I asked Paul, who has been out cruising for a couple of months if they feel like they are on vacation. He said "No, it's just a way of life." That being said, I think I'm going to like "this way of life."