Now that the festivities are over, let me share here how we spent our first (yes, First) Year End holidays living aboard Pesto
The experience was impacted by this new lifestyle we adopted at the middle of the year. Some aspects were different, while others were surprisingly similar to our life on land.
Christmas: On the one hand, it took us a little longer to get in full Christmas mood. Back on land, the media, commercial activities, and the annual rhythm at the office and school would stimulate our Christmas vibes earlier on in the season.
On the other hand, even though we are living in a boat, Christmas still felt pretty much the same as on land … we decorated Pesto outside and gazed at the stunning decorations of boats around us, we had a Christmas tree and a Nativity in the cabin, the kids placed their wishes inside stockings, and Santa Claus did come to town – I’m glad we watched out !
New Year: The last week of the year was also a first – after the Santa Cruz Island passage fiasco, we arrived to Santa Catalina Island and for the first time had the opportunity to do some pure cruising on this journey (up to now, every place we had stopped was en-route South. Santa Catalina was the first place we went to just for cruising). And cruise we did: with Pesto safely tied to the moorings of Catalina Harbor, we plunged in the water, swam in the company of seals, explored everything with the dinghy, studied the feeding habits of seagulls (a science project for Paulo), used the paddle board extensively, flew Paulo’s super-cool new kite, did some mountain biking, and had a long hike up a mountain at the entrance of the bay. The kids were in love with the place, and asked us to stay longer (which we obliged happily). The night of the 31st itself was pretty quiet – we had originally made reservation at the village’s only restaurant, but a cold front (another!) set in and temperatures dropped dramatically in the evening, encouraging us to cancel the reservation and dine onboard instead.
Now we just headed back to mainland. We will be pretty busy in January, and are looking forward to what lies ahead for the remainder of the year. Bring it on !