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. They sailed from Tacoma Washington to San Diego in the autumn of 2000. In the spring of 2001 they sold their Puget Sound home to cruise full time on Mirador in Western Mexico. They 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.
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.
Mirador is currently ( June 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. They
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!
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!
They 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 mid-June 2014, are very much unknown. Medical problems have overtaken us and are causing us to rethink our long distance cruising plans.
Mid-February Jerry experienced several episodes of very high and uncontrollable heart rates that started while exercising but then lasted many hours after he came to a rest with a beer in hand. One of those extended episodes required hospitalization to stabilize the heart and blood pressure. The cardiologist has done a lot of tests including having Jerry wear a heart monitor for 21 days. He stressed his heart during that time and the cardiologist found no unusual rhythms or rates. They have cleared Jerry for unlimited exercise and time distance from the ER. Since that sign-off Jerry again experienced several exercise induced tachycardia events where his heart exceeded 205 beats per minute while exercising with a level of effort requiring about 160 bpm. Fortunately it also slowed to a normal rate as soon as Jerry stopped working so hard.
Jerry's knees are both failing rather quickly now. He has had seven knee surgeries since 1963 and there is nothing left in either knee for them to repair. He has known for the last 10 years that they both need replacement. Jerry's current knee specialist says they are the worst natural knees he has seen in use by an active bicycle rider and hiker. He understands why Jerry has put off the replacements for all this time but he is also becoming more aggressive about telling us that Jerry is just one bad step, fall off the bike, or knee bump on a rock from complete catastrophic knee failure and the need for an emergency replacement.
He is a navy orthopedic surgeon and works on lot's of knees that return to boats. He is insistent that Jerry will not be able to live on a boat for at least three months after the bi-lateral knee replacement. That does put a damper on our sailing plans.
Arlene suffered a rather serious mountain bike accident in mid-April. During May she had two surgical procedures done to stabilize her left shoulder and upper arm. She is still unable to move her left shoulder and elbow. She has been in constant, and rather intense pain since the accident and two surgical procedures. She now has a lot of very expensive hardware in her shoulder and arm and her body and muscles are having a painful time of adapting to the changes.
Her surgeon is quite confident she will recover almost 100% range of motion in her left shoulder and arm but it will be at least mid-July before we know how much mobility she will recover. The physical therapy, after the bone knitting is completed in August may require another three to six months.
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.
Read about our ownership & brief history of our travels with Mirador A HISTORY OF MIRADOR
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
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
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
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.
- 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)
-include any original message in a reply
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!!
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