The big pier near the beach we like was closed during the storm, and it remained closed for most of the next day even though the seas were calm again. Yesterday divers were inspecting the pilings all day. Perhaps the storm damaged the pier? It was a pretty significant storm with big seas that made for some impressive breakers on the beach. The breakers just about reached the bottom side of the pier! The roar from the crashing waves on the beach was also quite impressive.
|Kevin and Cindy on the water taxi, ready to boogie board|
|Beautiful sunsets while at anchor|
|Hanging out on Avila Beach. This is the pier that was closed during the storm.|
|Working on a sandcastle, in the warm sun. Avila Beach.|
|Steve and Zappa. Steve is working on quieting our anchor|
bridle, which carries the load from the anchor chain to the
big cleats. The bridle's lines made a lot of noise during the
storm, making sleep a bit more difficult.
|Kathy and Kevin boogie boarding|
|Kathy and Kevin boogie boarding|
A couple notes from our transit which was smooth and easy today. We did not see any whales but saw a huge pod of dolphins. They had a great time playing in our bow wake. We have some good video but it's too large to upload, so here are some pictures.
|Dolphins with the bow of our boat in the picture calm seas!|
|more dolphins and bow of our boat. The water is very clear down here.|
They swim within inches of the hull, and they make it look effortless.
Very fun to watch!!!
|Cindy and Kevin watching the dolphins|
|More dolphins. Yes, this is the open ocean!|
|One of the Offshore Oil rigs near Santa Barbara. There are dozens of them.|
|Oily sludge on the water|
|More oily sludge on the water. It had a very strong creosote-like smell.|
A few hours before Santa Barbara, we saw a Nordhavn heading south towards Santa Barbara like we were. We decided to speed up a bit and get to the marina prior to them. It is first come first serve at the marina (they won't take reservations) and they only had one open slip left for a boat our size (and the Nordhavn 46' is roughly the same size as us. The race was on, and we won. When Steve went to the office and registered, the marina staff said someone else was coming for the one remaining slip, but again said it was first come first served, so we got the slip. As we untied from the registration dock to move to our assigned slip the Nordhavn arrived and tied to the registration dock. We felt bad for him, but lucky for ourselves since we got the last slip in this huge marina. Later when we walked to shore to check out our new surroundings we saw that they did find the Nordhavn an end-tie, so we both got what we wanted!
They are closing the main street tomorrow for the second annual Santa Barbara Open Streets festival. Someone in Avila told us how great it was last year, and as luck would have it we are here for this years event. This is a busy weekend in Santa Barbara with lots going on. Tomorrow we get the bikes down and will ride the streets without cars (Open Streets Festival) and have some fun ashore. It's supposed to be in the mid 70's tomorrow, and today the water temp passed the 70 degree mark for the first time - perfect.
Another 95 miles completed today, and we are now in Southern California! Mexico is getting close.
October 28 update:We have found out that the oily sludge on the water is a constant problem here in Santa Barbara. It is actually coming from leaks in the sea floor, and they are natural leaks (not man-made). Here is more info:
Thanks Mark N. for sending me info about this!