We are back in Santa Barbara for a couple days after spending a great week on Santa Cruz Island! The forecast is calling for gale force Santa Ana winds that blow offshore from the mainland. They are suppose to kick up this evening and persist until Saturday evening. We decided that instead of getting tossed about in an unprotected anchorage, we would make the leisurely 4-5 hour sail back to sunny Santa Barbara; so far we made an excellent call 🙂
We just went on a run along the waterfront. There were palm trees and mountains to the north and the beach and ocean to the south. It was beautiful and seemed like we were running through a movie scene!
We plan to spend the next day or two here before heading back out to the islands and then Catalina.
We’ll try to make some posts while here to share our experience at the channel islands. We had an amazing sail out, escorted by dolphins of course! Then we spent the night in a tight (and sketch) berth deep inside Frys harbor, then sailed to Little Scorpion anchorage for a few nights where I speared my first fish while diving!! Then we stayed a very rolly and uncomfortable night at Smugglers Cove before returning to the mainland yesterday.
Will try to upload pics and video later but may not have enough ‘down time’! We’re going to explore downtown today and then there are the obligations that get in the way like happy hour at the the endless summer beach bar 😉
Hope everyone is having a great Friday! We miss you all!