Caribe, a RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat) made with hypalon and has a hard bottom. We also scored a Mercury 9.9 outboard, so now we fly around the marinas and we plan to use it to explore. The hypalon is key, because it is a non-degradable material that doesn't wear away in the sun. Most inexpensive dinghy's are made of PVC, which deteriorates in the sun - weird right? especially because most dinghy's sit in the sun all day long on the deck or hanging off the back of a boat! Looks like as of 2010 Dupont stop making hypalon. I'm told that it is not environmentally friendly because it doesn't deteriorate or breakdown and it lasts for a very very very long time and so it needs to be reengineered. Interesting.
|Bird's eye view of Dana Point Marina|
|H, P, K & T|
P made us delicious potatoes one night for dinner, so delicious that I asked her for the recipe and here it is! That night at dinner we laughed about MK, H's sister's, who was having a "relationship" with the amazing potatoes at the end of the dinner table - they were that good! lol! I'm not a huge potato fan, but these were yummy:
Hashbrown Potato Casserole (cooks.com)
2 lb frozen hash potatoes, partially thawed (or make your own)
1/2 c. chopped onion
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp salt
1/2 c. melted butter
16oz container of sour cream
1 can cream of chicken soup
2 c. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 1/2 c. crushed corn flakes
Preheat the oven 350 degrees. Combine potato and onion in a 12x9x2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle salt and pepper over them. Combine sour cream, 1/4 c butter, soup and cheese, stir well. Pour over potatoes, stir lightly. Combine corn flakes with rest of butter. Sprinkle over potatoes. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
Also while in Dana Point, we hooked up with Osprey, who has a bocce ball set, and hit the beach for a bocce game. We learned that throwing the pallino on a sloped beach can be tricky - it just keeps rolling and rolling -lol. Team Rhythm won by a point! It was a fun time!
And while there, I got my hair chopped - 5-6 inches in the back! First time! I'm sporting a cute bob in the back, with my hair about 3-4 inches longer in the front. I don't think this qualifies as a mullet, but for sure a sassy new sleak do. lol.
We are now in San Diego! Lots of stuff to do here, including tons of projects before our departure to Ensenada, Mexico! We plan to be here for the next 2 weeks or so to gear up! No puede esperar!