From San Marcos (San Diego) to Chatsworth (LA) house sit

Middle of October 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

We were staying in one of these townhouses.

This was a good place to recover from my hip surgery. All the niceties of a house. 
Like all the house sits, it has modern appliances, A/C, washer/dryer etc.

There were good walking trails around and it was mostly up and down hills 
so the walking helped me heal up. We were doing 2 1/2 mile walks
 in the morning and shorter ones at night.

We left our house sit in San Marcos, CA and went to the next one which was back in Chatsworth, CA.  We, at this point, are ready to go home (back to our sail boat s\v Elegant’sea in Mexico) but we do have one more house sit to go to. The next one is for about two weeks in Palm Springs, CA. There, we will sell our car and at the end of the sit will fly back to Mazatlan. This whole trip to the US has been a resounding success!  We had saved up all winter while at anchor at various places around the Mexican Rivera and came to the US with a place to stay for two weeks or so and ended up staying for five months for free and buying the used car to get around in. Getting a new hip for me was our goal and it was more then met by the VA! 

Of course, we do not know what next summer looks like but… now I think I know what I would/might like it to look like - say a few months in the US visiting (while house sitting) and some purchasing? Then a month or so in the mountains of Mexico house sitting and apartment\condo rental (it is low season in Summer). Then a couple months at a condo by the boat (summer rates)?

We will purchase a Mexican-plated car next summer with nice A/C etc. We need to have a car with Mexican plates as we live on the mainland and we are “Permanent Residents” of Mexico.  That's the law and we do not want to bend or break the law here.

The rest of the non-hurricane season we, of course, will be cruising!

 Ad pictures for selling the car.  We spent a couple of days cleaning it up.

Harley and Sam were less than excited about the car cleaning.

In Chatsworth (LA) Debbie cleaning the trunk.

After playing ball the boys were hot and tired :)

Beta diesel engine antifreeze change made easier

Beginning of October 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico
  The way we currently have to drain the antifreeze from our Beta 38 hp diesel engine is not good for the engine hose.
We now need to disconnect the special hose that is connected from the heat exchanger to the water pump. This will wear out this hose at the connection point where we continually remove it and re-connect it.
Here we have purchased:
  • Two 3/4 to 5/8 hose barbs (129-1012 5/8X3/4 Male Hose Barb)
  • One 3/4 “T” (3/4 BRZ Tee)
  • Two threaded 3/4 pipe (¾ X Close BR. Nibble)
  • And one 3/4 pipe cap (3/4 BRZ Cap)
  • 4 hose clamps (SCI #8)
 We are thinking we have an extra 3/4 inch valve at the boat to put in between the two threaded 3/4 pipe pieces and then have the cap as yet an extra safety stop.
 Each year we need to drain the antifreeze and remove the heat exchange stack tube, cleaning it and replacing the “O” rings from the Beta 38 hp diesel engine as per the maintenance manual.  We want to make this easier.
The accumulator tank and hot water heater are in the cabinet above the engine to the left (port) next to the Mermaid Marine Air that you can see.
We have an accumulator tank as our hot water (antifreeze) is plumbed through the hot water heater so we get hot water when running the engine. That means the pet-cock on the side of the motor does not drain all the antifreeze from the motor. There is a lot left to drain out. To make this a simple thing to do we want to install a drain on the starboard heater hose coming from the accumulator tank and going to the motor. A picture or two while doing this project later will explain it a lot. We purchased these parts at Marine Exchange when we were in San Diego. It is near impossible to find a 3/4 to 5/8 bronze hose barb in Mexico. Plus, we have an account at Marie Exchange making the pricing way better then Mexico for this kind of boat thing. This will be below the water line and we use double hose clamps for that.

Picked up an order from Downwind Marine - stak pack clips and deck puls

Middle of September 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico
 House sitting in San Marcos,Ca.

 We stopped at Downwind Marine to pick up an order we had and to return some chocks that we have had about a year. We saw some old friends and all was well. We also stopped at Marine Exchange and West Marine and saw some old friends from days of outfitting our boat.

The SS clips will be holding up our stack pack
instead of the old bronze ones we have.

These are for our floor boards. We had to replace a few because they broke. That was because they were screwed in and also glued. The glue got around the hinges and that is what made they break. We have replaced 2-3 already.

New shoes in the US

 Middle of September 2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

 House sitting in San

 While in the US and now after getting my new hip I can now walk. And now we are doing a lot of walking. The shoes or sandals, flip flops etc both Debbie and I had from our trip down to Mexico are wearing out. It has been about four years and they were not new then. To purchase shoes in Mexico is hard for me. I take a size 11 and they just do not stock a size 11. To get that size we would need to shop at an expensive department store in Mexico like the Liverpool Department Store.

 The first new pair of shoes I got was a pair of Teva sandals. They are working out good. Then we picked up a pair of Dockes fip-flops marked way down at Kohl’s . Then the other day we stopped day we stopped at Westmarine to look around and see some old friends and there were some Crocs marked way down about three times so I got two pair. I always wanted to try them and so far I am liking them. I can even wear them like clogs which I tried with other shoes, I guess clogs but could never liked them. These though, no problem.  Now there are still a couple few pairs I need.
  • A pair of sandals that protect the toes and foot for sail handling up on deck and hiking.
  • A pair of lace up sneakers for long walks and nights on watch to keep my feet warm. Yes in Mexico it does get cold out at sea doing over--night-ers.










Ocenside pier and beach walk

Beginning of September  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

We are currently house sitting in San Marcos CA. We just had to get to the ocean again so decided to take the transit systems' "Sprinter", inland cousin to the "Coaster".

The "Sprinter Station" in San Marcos.

This station is by "Palomar College".

It cost me $1.00 each way because I am old.
Debbie is a youngin so it was more for her ($2).

Debbie picking our seats. The "Sprinter" took about 40 min to get to the beach.
About all the parking at the beach is metered so we saved on that also.

Oceanside Station, where it ends.

A walk to the beach and you can see the picnic tables
where we had our picnic lunch; the Oceanside Pier is in the background.

Looking south and at the stairs we took to get down to the beach.

Out on the Oceanside Pier looking towards the beach south.

Out on the Oceanside Pier looking towards the beach south.

There is a bait shop that rents rods etc on the pier.
No fishing license required to fish off the pier.

This sail boat is coming out from Oceanside Harbor which is not always the easiest harbor to get in and out of. I have sailed there and know for a fact :)

Our selfie.

Some people fishing and looking North

Looking towards Oceanside Harbor.

Ruby's Diner to the left and heading back to shore.

Looking out at the Oceanside Pier.

And then we took the "Sprinter" home - good fun and exercise!

San Marcos house sitting by way of Carlsbad beach

End of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

Once in San Diego County, we just HAD to get to the beach (1 day in three months is just not enough for these water babies!!). Since our motel was in Carlsbad, we went over to Carlsbad State Beach for dinner and a walk. At evening glass-off, it was a little chilly for us hence the jackets! First beach walk with Chip's new hip!!

Getting towards "Glass-off-Time" so it was cool!

What a lovely couple!

Not the "Bates Motel" but not the "Hilton" either.

Got us a place to stay by the beach.

Hip surgery incision

End of August  2016 - Tied up in Marina Mazatlan, Mexico

The day we left our house sit in Chatsworth, California we stopped by my surgeon's (Dr Hernandez) office and saw Phu Phan (his Physician’s assistant) who checked out my hip. I was ready to suck it up for staple removal but when he removed the bandage he said they would just melt away, the staples. Everything is good and now I can be done with the sponge baths! It is now just a matter of time till I am back to walking normally!
Got this done at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. This is supported by the VA (Veterans Affairs ) "Choice Program".

So this about does it for my hip-replacement saga.