real time, it is well into January, 1999, but communication lag time between
El Bucko roams and the one where HTML is a common language is more than
Earth to Mars. This is easy to imagine, when you look outside your
window, and compare it to this view:
Dolphins are a regular view, from the "back porch".
fine young fellow there is Toby Sagara, knitting his brow at the workings
GPS as he alters the course of "Wind Gift".
know for sure that this isn't Marina Del Rey, because you can see the hills.
a transcript of the log of El Capitan Bucko:
storm - sprinkles and Southerly winds to 15 knots. Sure glad to be
in a harbor!
in Turtle Bay).
Turtle Bay 12/2 and sailed in bouncy seas to Bahia San Pablo. Stayed
only a few hours because the bay was too bouncy to sleep - upped anchor
and sailed all the way to Abreojas. (Neat name - it means "open eyes",
probably because of white water breaking over a shoal miles from shore.)
air 68* water
N. 113*34.01' W.
to go but the winds picked up too much, and we decided to stay. It
increased to a
30 knots with gusts to 35 knots. A gale! Some boats we were
travelling with got caught
it and got hammered. Silvercloud was with us! I tried to get
Toby, my shipmate, to bow down in front of my picture of Silver Cloud*,
but he wouldn't do it. Non-believer!
at 11:30, with favorable weather and winds and sailed to Bahia Santa Maria.
at 1930, December 07.
N. 112*15.15' W.
air 62* water
checked the surf. It was too small.
out of Bahia Santa Maria to Punta Belcher, inside Mag Bay (Bahia Magdalena).
N. 112*04.27' W.
air 67* water
into San Carlos for supplies
air 68* water
N. 112*07.08' N.
back to Punta Belcher
Punta Belcher at 0600. Beautiful sailing weather at first.
winds on the nose. Let them get me off course, hoping they would
shift later and
us back. They didn't. Had to motor, 60 miles.
Cabo San Lucas, 0930
N. 109*53.84' W.
air 76* water!!!
nautical miles total, from Santa Barbara.
that point, there came a peculiar paradox. El Bucko wrote:
love the laid back ways of this la-la land, but the price I pay is the
loss of efficiency.
open late and close early. People are not motivated. Can't
get through on phones.
I like being warm!"
want to trade problems with him!!
left Cabo' on Jan. 10, Southbound, as usual.
ran out of money, and went back to "the real world".
was Chief of the Oglala Sioux when we met him, in 1973.
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