Last stop in the US! We're berthed at the Southwestern Yacht Club, at the gracious invitation of John and Whitney Pinto, owners of Aurelia, a 2001 Dana 24 and their second Dana. John'll be sailing it to Hawaii next May. Ensenada is 60 miles south and will be our Port of Entry into Mexico. Right now we are a couple of walking lists, similar to just before leaving Port Townsend. Don't forget this... gotta get that... But we could not have landed in a better place, because everything a cruising boat could need is within a 5-10 block area of the docks here at Shelter Island, and the people here could not be friendlier or more helpful. Downwind Marine, for example, does a fantastic job of answering questions about entering Mexico, hosting frequent seminars on a variety of topics, holding mail for cruising boats who arrange it in advance, and in general being a hub for cruisers to meet over coffee and doughnuts and talk about plans and experiences.
We'll write more a bit later when we have the chance to catch up.
Oh yeah... the pelican photo was taken in Avalon Harbor (more on that soon), but expresses our sentiments perfectly.