I'm in San Diego, after three months of being in southern California. And tomorrow Danny flies in and we head on south into Mexico. Going to Mexico was supposed to be a nice cheap trip, but instead it is turning out to be quite expensive. Yesterday I spent 500 dollars on an assortment of things, including insurance, fishing licenses, and gear. I will probably have to spend another 100-300 further when I go to different places, and I'm not at all happy about that. When I went into Canada, all I needed was my passport. I didn't need all this other stuff.
Anyways, San Diego is pretty nice, and there are a lot of other cruisers here from Seattle and the area. I ran into a couple that I first met in Bellingham Bay, and there is a friend of Danny's who i met last december in Olympia who is just 100 yards away right now.
Friends are easy to make in this cruising environment, but most people have a lot of stories to tell, and for some reason I find myself wanting to do the same, so there is a lot of trying to talk over people. It almost sounds like not listening. But everyone is friendly and most people have a lot of things that I don't have, so they are a bit impressed that I made it with such a small (and bedraggled) craft.
I've been doing a lot of work on the boat in the last two days, and I made LED lights for the front, for Navigation. They are red and green and work great, but cost much less than the professional ones, so I'm happy with that. I also made one for the top of the mast, but I can't get it to get power somehow. And I just changed the oil in the engine. That poor engine, but still kicking!
Anyways, the boat is ready to go, and I feel ready too. Now we just need to get food, and then pull up the anchor.