March 22, 2020

Birds in Anza Borrego State Park, Winter 2020

Red Shouldered Hawk and blackbird seen outside of Julian on drive home

Red Shouldered Hawk

Brewer's Blackbird



Birds below spotted out near Oriflamme Canyon, along a dry river bed in Anza Borrego State Park


Western Scrub Jay



Western Kingbird


Western Kingbird



Albert's Towhee
(credit due to Brock 'drop n roll' Roberts)




Cactus Wren
(credit for ID from Brock 'stop, drop and roll' Roberts)



Cassin's Finch





House Finch



March 5, 2020

Waterfowl spotted in Dog Beach estuary in March 2020

These dabbling ducks and shorebirds were seen in the mudflats near the outflow of the San Diego River. This is a tidal mud flat area that spills into Dog Beach in Ocean Beach, CA.

Many of these birds are only here for the winter.


American widgeon

Blue-winged teal (male and female)

Blue-winged teal (male)

Lesser yellow-legs

Royal Tern

Willet

February 16, 2020

Birds spotted near San Diego Bay, Winter 2020

Little Blue Heron
solitary 
near Liberty Station

Birds spotted in Ocean Beach backyard, winter 2020

Bird sightings from my desk at OB home.


Yellow-rumped Warbler
eating palm fruits


Yellow-rumped Warbler
1st winter Audubon female


Birds spotted at Steamboat Springs in January 2020

Lots of snow piled up on the ground and the rivers are almost frozen.
Steamboat Springs, January 2020

American Dipper
on the almost frozen Yampa River



American Dipper dipping into water for bugs


Black-billed Magpie


Black-capped chickadee



Mountain Chickadee



Red shafted Northern Flicker



Red shafted Northern Flicker



Birds spotted in Northern Arizona, January 2020

Birds spotted at around 6000 feet in January near Happy Jack in northern Arizona.
Pine and Juniper forest. 

Acorn woodpecker



Common Raven
near recent fire burn in Happy Jack


Common raven soaring
(crows don't soar on thermals)


Stellar Jay



Townsend's Solitaire
in front of home in Happy Jack

Birds seen in December near Mission Bay, San Diego

Birds spotted along Mission Bay and the outflow of San Diego River into Dog Beach.
December, 2020



American coot (adult and juvenile)
San Diego River estuary


Great Blue Heron
Marina Villiage



Great Egret
Breeding plumage
Marina Villiage



Great Scaups 
adults and juveniles



Long billed Curlew


Marbled Godwit (foreground)






Scoter

November 21, 2019

The Alize' has sold to the highest bidder

There is an old cliche in the boating community, 'the two happiest days in a boater's life are the day you buy the boat and the day you sell the boat.'

I am not one to cling to an old cliche but in this case, the adage rings true.

Closing sale documents are sitting in my inbox and I am elated.

Joyful.

I am filled with joy because this beautiful vessel has found a new home and a new life.

There are adventures on the horizon for this old sailboat. Her story is still unfolding. Her future is unwritten.

You see....once you start in with the old cliches, they just begin spilling forward.

What more can I say. I took this vessel to the glaciers of Alaska and then down to the islands of Mexico. Considering this boat was marketed as a coastal cruiser, I should say that we certainly cruised some coastline.

She never let me down.
That is what is so hard to say goodbye to.
She was good to the last drop.

She was always ready for more. She rarely complained. Maybe never, she may have never complained.

She entered my life with a strong, functional Yanmar diesel engine and she has now left my life with the same strong and functional Yanmar diesel.

If I ever buy another boat (I will), that boat will contain a Yanmar diesel.

Oh, and I will buy another boat.
Mark my words.

It won't be for some time. I am currently enjoying the hell out of not owning a boat. But soon enough I will be sniffing around the docks, looking for something that is ready to head out to Sea.
Something big and blue water ready.

But until that moment, I may buy something small and leave it on a mooring ball in Mission Bay, perhaps in Mariner's Cove. Yes, I am saying it now... I am in the market for a 25 footer to hold me over until I pick up a blue water cruiser.

But for now, so long Alize' and thanks for the memories....








July 9, 2019

Boat price recently reduced to 10K

If you have ever dreamed of dropping anchor in a remote Mexican island - this is your chance.

It turns out, you don't even need to be rich. You need 10K and an adventurous heart.

My beloved Alize' sailboat is waiting for you in a fancy marina in La Paz. Costa Baja Marina is about 4 miles outside of downtown La Paz.

Here is the listing for sailboats at La Paz Yachts. You can find my boat - it is the most affordable boat on the page!


This is my Newport 30 out sailing off the coast of San Diego




This is my make shift sun canopy. In this image, the boat is anchored off of Espiritu Santo Island. This location is a 4 hour sail from Marina Costa Baja.

If you want to learn anything about my marine solar panel installation, you can click here to learn about the solar panel on my boat.

All questions on the sale of boat can be directed at Tom at La Paz Yachts.


May 16, 2019

The boat is emptied out and clean, she is ready for a new owner.

My beautiful Newport 30 sailboat is cleaned out and prepped for the market.

Yes, all good things must pass. My beloved Alize is no different...
I drove my truck down the Baja peninsula and hauled all my boat stuff back to San Diego.
Alize is now listed with La Paz Yachts, ask for Tom. He is the man. Here is the listing page. Tom can handle all inquiries and take you out for a visit to the boat.

This 30 foot sailboat has a beautiful and functional Yanmar diesel.
The boat is ready to island hop in the Sea of Cortez.

She is ready for her next adventure!


Main cabin and settee



 Rotating small dinner table, perfect for 2.


Here she rests at dock in Marina Costa Baja, just a few miles from the town of La Paz, Mexico.
You can find more details on the website at La Paz Yachts. All inquiries about boat should be directed at Tom at La Paz Yachts.

March 7, 2019

Dorado from the Sea of Cortez

Last year, I caught this beautiful Dorado out in southern end of the Canal de San Jose.
It is rare that I am fully prepared to bring in a decent sized pelagic fish on the Alize'.

But in this moment, I was equipped with the proper Mexican fishing license, a stout deep sea pole and reel and good high test line. This fish put up a good fight.


Dorado from the Canal de San Jose


My girlfriend is famously known for NOT eating fish. This has been a major source of tension in our relationship. However, we broke this trend with this delicious Dorado.

After filleting the fish, we sliced off section for sashimi and seasoned to taste with spices and soy sauce.

The meal was fantastic!

January 31, 2019

Broke another tiller...and got a new one.

Hello sailing friends,

Long time no talk... Winter is the least boat-y season of the year.
Like many, I've been busy with the holiday season and travel...
Fortunately, I have a 2 week sail planned with the Alize' down in southern Baja.

The plan is to slowly travel from La Paz up to the islands near Loreto.

To prepare for this journey, I've just purchased a beautiful new tiller for the Newport 30 sailboat.
Check her out, this just arrived in the mail.


As you can see, the designers included a large "rise" in the dimensions. In fact, this is a 16 inch shift in plane. This allows the tiller to turn in a large radius without hitting the edge of my cockpit seats.

I am planning to sell the boat, so I thought it would be cool to put a fresh tiller on the boat.

If anyone is looking for a promptly built tiller, I recommend Jamestown Distributors. They built this in 4-5 days and the price was very reasonable.
I think I paid 140$, something like that...