to the Almar Marina in Channel Islands Harbor

It was a rather uneventful passage back to the mainland. We sailed lazily along for a while, then went wing-in-wing, had a little problem with the spinnaker pole (which was cleared up), put the pole away, sailed on a beam reach, and then gave up sailing altogether and motored so as to be at the Marina before the office closed at 5:00 p.m. After checking in, we made our way to the nearest bar, had some Margaritas and wonderful lobster tacos and crashed early.

We spent a very busy 3 days at the Marina. We showered, did laundry, walked about a mile to a shopping center and back with a full load of groceries, took a cab 2 miles to get the propane tank filled (argh!), had dinner out again, washed the boat, dinghy, and outboard motor, cleaned up a minor oil leak in the bilge, walked about the mile to the shopping center three more times to try on and purchase wetsuits, fins, goggles, snorkels, gloves, more paper towels and absorbent pads, an underwater camera, and also found time to see part of a concert in the park, chat with folks, and in general, as I said, keep busy. So busy, in fact, that we decided to take Monday off.

Actually, that's not quite accurate. I got up today (Monday) at 6:30 a.m., and have kept busy all day (except for a short constitutional nap!) and now am just finishing this webpage at about 8:00 p.m. so that tommorrow we can get up early and be on our way at 7:00 a.m., back to Santa Cruz and Anacapa Islands where we are very excited to try our new snorkeling equipment.