MIRADOR'S ADVENTURES

Jerry King and Arlene Nicholson maintain this site so their families, friends, and anyone else can keep up with their adventures on Mirador, a 1995 Caliber 40 Sailboat.  We sailed from Tacoma Washington to San Diego in the autumn of 2000. In the spring of 2001 we sold our Puget Sound home to cruise full time on Mirador in Western Mexico.   We then returned to Puget Sound in late 2004 and  kept Mirador at a dock on the Thea Foss waterway in downtown Tacoma.

While sailing in Puget Sound  on a rainy winter day in in early August 2010 Jerry decided it was time to take Mirador back to a sunny warm climate.  Jerry and his two brothers, Jim and John, left Puget Sound on September 1 and arrived at Oceanside in Southern California on September 15.   Mirador then reached her new semi-permanent home in San Diego Bay on September 18, 2010.   You can read all about the trip and see lot's of video and still photos at #Tacoma San Diego 2010 or just scroll down the page. 



Mirador is currently ( Oct 2014 ) at D dock in Sunroad Marina (Sunroad Marina Homepage) on Harbor
Island East, San Diego.  Click on the thumbnails of Mirador's new home to see full size pictures taken from the ramp leading to Mirador's dock and from the parking lot looking toward San Diego.

Click here to see Mirador in San Diego Harbor - a Google Earth image

        

Our FLICKR site will display thousands of photos showing Mirador and us sailing from Canada to Mexico - Click here to visit the site: hthttps://www.flickr.com/photos/tacomasailorphotos/sets

SHORT TERM PLANS

Arlene has now officially retired from her job at Tacoma City Water where she worked as a Water Station Control Operator for 32 years.    We will live aboard Mirador in San Diego until the Fall 2014 Mexican cruising season.  We may cruise around the Channel Islands and up to Santa Barbara and Monterrey until the fall of sometime in the future That is what is wonderful about cruising - no plans are necessary! 

We work on the boat a little bit and hike somewhere most days.  Jerry still rides his bike 25 - 35 miles several times a week.  But, he has a new distraction - a great new sailing dinghy.  Jerry has been given the use of an Islands 17 planning hull sail boat which is kept three slips away from Mirador.  Here is a link to some pictures of Cloudz - Jerry's great new sailing toy Islands 17 sailboat

Check the FLICKR site for lot's of bicycle and hiking pictures.

Our plans, as of October, 2014, are very much unknown.  Medical problems have overtaken us and are causing us to rethink our long distance cruising plans.

Heart & Knee Challenges

Mountain Bike Crashes & Broken Shoulders

If Arlene does not recover her shoulder and arm motion, Jerry cannot control his heart rate, or his knees finally demand replacement - THEN we may have to consider the sale of Mirador and the purchase of a home somewhere onshore.

The picture below is Mirador in Echo Bay on Succia Island in the north part of the San Juan Islands - about 85 miles NW of Seattle and just south of the Canadian border .  Jerry's brother Jim is standing on the bow. 

                                               

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS & PHOTOS OF MIRADOR

Read about our ownership & brief history of our travels with Mirador A HISTORY OF MIRADOR

How is Mirador different than any other Caliber 40? 

 


SOUTHBOUND TO SAN DIEGO - September 2010

Click here to see Miradors Tacoma to San Diego Playlist - this will take you to YouTube where we have 16 HiDef videos showing our 2010 trip to San Diego

TACOMA TO SAN DIEGO - THEORY AND PLANNING Plans for Heading South

A WALK AROUND MIRADOR IN CRUISING TRIM YouTube Video - Walk Around Mirador

HEAD WINDS EVERY WHERE How to get out of Puget Sound?

FLARES AND NEW CREW Day One to Kingston

NON-STOP TO MONTEREY?? Escape from Puget Sound

NON-STOP TO MONTEREY?? Gale Alley Shows it's Stuff

WAITING FOR A WEATHER WINDOW Waiting in Newport

WHEN CAN WE HEAD SOUTH? Still Waiting in Newport

STILL TRYING FOR MONTEREY Will We Ever Get There?

ONE MORE TRIP TO MONTEREY Is There a Slip for Mirador at Monterey?

SANTA BARBARA CHANNEL TO OCEANSIDE Warm Water and Warm Wind - Finally!

ON TO MIRADOR'S NEW HOME ON TO A NEW HOME

PUGET SOUND SAILING STORIES

PREPARING MIRADOR FOR A TRIP TO SAN DIEGO How Much Work Can it BE?

STRANGE NEW GIG HARBOR STRUCTURES August 2010

MY WINTER CRUISE BEGINS IN AUGUST September 1, 2008

TACOMA TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL July 4, 2008

MIRADOR SUFFERS IN THE SNOW!  Dock Street Snow

MEXICAN LOGS FOR 2004

CLICK ON ANY DATE or BLUE TEXT TO SEE OUR THOUGHTS FROM THAT PERIOD

WAS IT WORTH IT?

END OF THE ROAD

MV WELL DESERVED June_4_2004

MIRADOR - ABANDONED IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO June_1_2004

CAT'S MEOW - SAFE AT HOME IN PUERTO ESCONDIDO May_25_2004

MV CAT'S MEOW - AGROUND AND FLOODED May_22_2004

FOOD & WATER May_15_2004

LORETOFEST 2004 May_12_2004

THE LA PAZ MALECON April_27_2004

THE EASY WAY NORTH April_16_2004

HEADED SOUTH FOR LA PAZ April_9_2004

PLANNED TO GO SOUTH - ACTUALLY HEADED NORTH March_27_2004

IN THE WATER - SHINY AND NEW  March_13_2004

A WHOLE NEW ANCHORING SYSTEM February_16_2004

BACK TO LA PAZ AND A BEAUTIFUL NEW BOAT February_8_2004

FOUR MOST FREQUENT QUESTIONS ABOUT HURRICANE MARTY


Click on any of the red links to go to that page


READ A LOT OF OPINIONS ABOUT SEA OF CORTEZ ANCHORAGES
Sea of Cortez Anchorages

HURRICANE MARTY & REPAIRS TO MIRADOR Hurricane Marty

READ THE LOGS FOR 2003 YEAR 2003 LOGS

READ THE LOGS FOR NOV 2001 THRU CHRISTMAS 2002 YEAR 2002 LOGS

READ THE LOGS OF PREVIOUS VOYAGES July 1999 thru November 2001


HOW DID WE GET TO THIS PLACE IN LIFE?  Background

? BOAT INFORMATION  Caliber 40 Specifications

? WHAT ARE WE DOING FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS? The Plan

? PHOTO GALLERIES

More Pictures of Jerry and Arlene

 

More Places We've Been

More Photos of Mirador

 


Contact Information

The following e-mail addresses should have an ampersand (@) in them where we have written (at sign)  There is NO SPACE either before or after the @.  We have been getting a lot of junk mail generated by programs that scan WEB sites looking for @ symbols in the middle of addresses.  We hope that our using the (at sign) convention will stop this problem. 

Electronic mail address - jeraldl (at sign) comcast.net

The following E-Mail address will send messages to us on Mirador via our HAM/SSB Radio. These messages must adhere to a very specific format. The connection between the shore based station that is connected to the Internet and our boat radio is VERY SLOW - 1200 baud when it is going full speed. If you wish to send us messages on the HAM or SSB radio link please keep them short and simple.

DO USE:
- only plain text (no HTML or any other HyperText - use your FORMAT/STYLE menu item to specify plain text)
- one page or shorter (AIRMAIL will cutoff any messages longer than about 2000 characters)

DO NOT
-send images/graphics/pictures
-include any original message in a reply

HAM E-mail address: KI9NG (at sign) WINLINK.ORG (this address CAN NOT be used for commercial or business correspondence)

We normally check for messages everyday on our HAM link when we are away from Tacoma on the boat.

DO NOT SEND ANY EMAIL TO OUR HAM ADDRESS UNLESS YOU ARE SURE WE ARE OFF CRUISING

WE DO NOT CHECK OUR HAM EMAIL WHEN WE ARE NOT CRUISING ON MIRADOR!!

Let her know if you are having trouble with this site.

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