Still Water Cove

Once per year usually, during a clear weather window, my hardy crew and I set sail across the Monterey Bay from Santa Cruz to Still Water Cove, Carmel. ┬áIt’s a two day trip, one day across, a night at anchor and the next morning the sail home. What I like best about this trip are the swells we get to ride about 20 miles offshore. This year the swells were large, the wind brisk. My 25ft sailboat, Calico an Olson 25 built by surfers and built like a surfboard in the late 70’s is always a joy to ride. -john

More on the history of the Olson25 and George Olson the boats designer and builder.

Still Water Cove

Learning Curve

I live on a mountain road. This past summer it was repaved but without a yellow line. As you would expect, it became really unsafe as drivers increased their speed and utilized the entire road which is full of blind curves. My neighbors formed a work party and we spent two days adding our own yellow line to this three mile stetch. Being new to the road construction business, and the skill of laying down yellow lines, it took some practice in the beginning. I do not think I have ever witnessed such a great example of a learning curve. – john

Learning Curve

Learning Curve

On any Sunday

Earlier this year I bought a BMW K1300S. I’m still learning how to ride it. I’m not much for cars, highways or traffic, but I’ve found that if I head out early on Sunday mornings highway 1 with the exception of surfers is virutally empty. This is one of my first videos. It’s an amateur effort, too long…the music is questionable. But I hope you can get a sense of how much fun it is to ride one of these machines along the Pacific coast highway. -john

On any Sunday