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Old 02-10-2015, 11:14 PM   #21
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Lower (underwater) Antelope Canyon in the winter. Chilly, but it was comfortable having lunch on a sandy beach on the other side of the reservoir.


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Old 02-11-2015, 12:51 AM   #22
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Lake Powell is a great place, especially in spring or fall. It's too hot and crowded for our tastes much of the time in the summer, but April, May, September, October (before Memorial Day, after Labor Day) are mostly fabulous. You can catch a really windy day from time to time, in the spring more than the fall. We've cruised many of the big lakes in the west, and Powell is head and shoulders above most others on our list.

We particularly enjoy Lake Powell in a small boat, often spending weeks aboard, exploring places most houseboaters never see. Have done houseboats, but the small boat can explore everywhere, and get there reasonably quickly and economically. Lots of beautiful anchorages in the side canyons, with access to wonderful hiking.
I towed my 2855 Bayliner there four times, house boated 4 times. I don't think your could ever get tired of the beauty.
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Thats where I'm really heading with this. I have a houseboat. I can take it anywhere.

What I need to do is get the great boat I own down south and get the wife to try cruising for a season. She promied she would give it a one season try. One trip down the coast from Alaska to southern California.

We'll see how that works out. But, for now when she has an idea of how to spend winters somewhere warmer I'll entertain her ideas with full gusto and see whare they lead us.
Well, on that trip you'll both learn a lot. Unfortunately the first part of it isn't generally in the best of conditions and even all the way to San Diego there are limited places to stop and see and enjoy. But there are some. I might try to impress upon her though that for future travel there are places where you don't have to go as far to see the next place of interest. To me that's where the east coast and even to an extent south of California have the advantages. In a 500 mile section of the East Coast there are typically 20-25 places worth stopping. We've cruised the East Coast heavily the past couple of years and still so many places yet to see plus others that we really want to get back to.

California's a bit of a different world. We loved it, but quiet relaxation it isn't. Small marinas off the beaten path, not. Great large marinas with thousands of boats. (Yes, to me, Marina Del Rey is one giant marina, even though it's actually 23. Look on an overhead shot and you can't even tell where one stops and the next starts, but there are 5,246 slips supposedly. I didn't count.) On the other hand, there is no other city like San Francisco and none like Los Angeles. They have a uniqueness that I could visit many many times and still have things I'd want to see or do. We spent three weeks in each and barely scratched the surface, but then we enjoy big cities I'm sure much more than you.

What does your wife enjoy when it comes to potential cruising? Would she enjoy the culture and cuisine of San Francisco or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles?

As to lakes and houseboating, I grew up boating on a lake and we both loved lake boating. Lived on the lake, used our boat more than anyone we knew. But then we moved to the coast. Now if we went back to a lake, we'd feel so locked in. Tennessee River would be fine where you can go from lake to lake.

I hope together you are able to find something that can bring you both a great deal of pleasure.
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What does your wife enjoy when it comes to potential cruising? Would she enjoy the culture and cuisine of San Francisco or the glitz and glamour of Los Angeles?
We are small town people. Large quantities of people make us nervous, her much more than I.

Our cruising here in Alaska is wilderness cruising. Thats one end of the spectrum. The other end is many parts of California. We were recently in Seattle. Neither of us likes Seattle. Whidby we liked. Sequim we liked.

I'm taking her next to the delta area of California I think. That's her, and my speed. We've been to many of the towns along the Oregon Coast and really like that atmosphere as well.

Right now we're just playing at this, looking at places. Learning what we like and don't like as much. We could cruise now but I'm still working 2 weeks a month for the next 5 years.

To leave her in a strange harbor in a big congested town and go to work for a couple of weeks just would not happen. To leave her in a smaller town atmosphere is doable. She is comfortable in a place like Maui. She's actually there right now with her mom and happy. Perhaps i just need to bite the bullet and get a small second home there. It's just so darn expensive!!! I'd already have a "winter home" on the big island (cheaper there) if it weren't for all the Noisy frogs. It used to be nice there. Now you can't sleep at night for all the noise!
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We are small town people. Large quantities of people make us nervous, her much more than I.

Our cruising here in Alaska is wilderness cruising. Thats one end of the spectrum. The other end is many parts of California. We were recently in Seattle. Neither of us likes Seattle. Whidby we liked. Sequim we liked.

I'm taking her next to the delta area of California I think. That's her, and my speed. We've been to many of the towns along the Oregon Coast and really like that atmosphere as well.

Right now we're just playing at this, looking at places. Learning what we like and don't like as much. We could cruise now but I'm still working 2 weeks a month for the next 5 years.

To leave her in a strange harbor in a big congested town and go to work for a couple of weeks just would not happen. To leave her in a smaller town atmosphere is doable. She is comfortable in a place like Maui. She's actually there right now with her mom and happy. Perhaps i just need to bite the bullet and get a small second home there. It's just so darn expensive!!! I'd already have a "winter home" on the big island (cheaper there) if it weren't for all the Noisy frogs. It used to be nice there. Now you can't sleep at night for all the noise!
I didn't know she shared your views on lots of people. I think you'll enjoy the Delta. Even in the bay area there are some smaller towns along the water in areas like that south of San Francisco. You're right about Alaska being at one end of the spectrum. I forget where we were that a local asked "where did all these people come from?" and I looked around wondering in my mind, "what people? what is the talking about?" Cruise ships are the exception in some towns. We lived in a somewhat small town suburb of a big city so were use to all the people and traffic and we were on a lake that often was covered with boats.
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