Under the Midway


Launch: Glorietta Bay Marina

Nearby campsites: CampLand (on Mission Bay)

Comments: Marvelous cruising and scenic attractions ashore, all accompanied by good friends, good wine and good food


--- -This was the firsst Gathering in San Diego. Chris, of Rana Verde, organized the get-together of nine boats from as far away as New Mexico and Colorado. The weather was the quintessence of winter southern California -- delightful, warm, sunny days and an occasional shower at night. Chris had set the location at Glorietta Bay Marina, and, at $15 a night with electricity, we could hardly believe we were in California.


--- -We were virtuallyy in the shadow of the Hotel del Coronado (affectionately known as the "Del") and it was a short walk into town for a great selection of restaurants - a perfect site.


--- -A location for a Gathering not only needs a good site but also requires good neighbors. Here, at Glorietta Bay, our neighbors were well-dressed, courteous, and quiet.

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--- -On the first day,, some folks went to see town attractions, while others decided to cruise offshore in search of Gray Whales. Only one was spotted, cruising northerly with spouts marking his route. But dolphins and sea lions rode the bow waves and it was a beautiful day at sea. The fleet pulled into Mission Bay for lunch and then returned around Pt. Loma en route back to the marina.




--- -The next day, aftter a nice town breakfast, we followed our leader on a guided tour of San Diego Bay -- certainly one of the most interesting harbors we have cruised. There's a beautiful skyline, naval vessels, cruise ships, a maritime museum (with sailing ships like Californian and Star of India, ferry boats (the Berkeley), and even a Russian submarine.



--- -The last day, somme folks cruised down South Bay almost to the Mexican border, while others took a tour of the carrier museum, Midway. One of the best aspects of a Gathering is the socializing. We had plenty of time together to visit on the docks. One of our members had an attack of pancreatitis, and was briefly hospitalized, but his friends rallied around them, loading his boat on their trailer, visiting in the hospital, and getting them to the airport. It was a fine gathering of good cruising friends in a beautiful winter harbor.

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