The way down from Alaska to Southern California has been an adventure. Over the last couple of weeks in Alaska the weather had begun to turn and the waters had begun to get rougher. These changes resulted in altered itineraries for us which meant skipping our last couple of calls in Sitka and having extended or modified stays in Ketchikan and Victoria.
The transition south was supposed to consist of a one day cruise from Seattle to Vancouver and another several day cruise from Vancouver to San Diego. Mother Nature stepped in again and changed things up; giving us an overnight in Vancouver where US CBP didn't allow anyone off the ship after having cleared it was a bit of a slap in the face. We skipped Astoria and sailed straight for Los Angeles where we had a pretty good day enjoying a warmer climate that we'd been used to.
Today we find ourselves in Avalon on Santa Catalina island which is just off the coast near Long Beach and tomorrow brings the end of the cruise and the beginning of the charters which mark my last couple of weeks onboard for this contract. And, so far, that's been the way down.