Bridgie's Babble - Feb 15, 2007
done a bit of local exploring. We've taken a guest slip at the Harbor Patrol Police Dock and plan to remain
here until our departure to Mexico this Saturday. The Police Dock is located on Shelter Island and just a
short, 2 mile walk to all conveniences. So, we're doing the 5 mile hike daily to get "provisions" and it feels
good to get the exercise.  We've discovered a great, inexpensive place to eat called Gus's Subs and Pizza. It is
located on 1166  Rosecrans, practically at the corner of Shelter Island Drive. Gus's has quite a varied menu
which is  not limited to Pizza and Subs. John and I have eaten there 3 times; on each occasion we shared a
meal and couldn't finish it! Each time we were out the door for under $11.00. A real bargain!
I would highly recommend it to those visiting the area.

San Diego has a great public transit system;
www.sdcommute.com.
The buses come often, are linked to the trolley system, are affordable and reliable. Knowing this now, I
certainly would have spent more time travelling from the LA area to SD via Metrolink in the last couple of
years. Forget that LA traffic!

Did I mention that we went to the Air and Space Museum? Yup! And I made John pose for a photo! He is a
good sport...

Anyone who knows me knows I love birds and the bigger, the better. Pelicans are everywhere, including San
Diego Bay. I've limited myself to one photo for the site, though.

One more thing you should know if you plan to stay at the Police Docks. The "rule", as explained to us
(which disputes the cruising guides), is that you MUST go to the Customs Dock, tie up and visit the Harbor
Patrol Office, where you request and pay for a slip. The first 5 days are at $10.50/ day and the second 5 days
are at $21.00/ day. One cannot stay longer than 10 days in a 40 day period. IF you arrive after hours (their
hours normally being 8 AM to 5 PM, 7 days/week), you MAY NOT take an open slip or remail tied up to the
Customs dock until morning. You must seek other alternatives.The reality is this: people come and go without
regard to having checked in. They arrive at night or after hours, find an empty slip and take it ( I know this
because a slip we had paid for was occupied when we returned from a re-fueling outing). Furthermore, when
the office had to be closed on a Saturday due to an unexpected occurance (lack of manpower?), there was a
note indicating that those taking slips were on the "honor" system and they should take an empty, unpaid slip
(how would they know that, you wonder??) and leave the pertinent info.
Don't get me wrong. The stay was wonderful and the personnel very helpful but we did get some mixed
messages as to how to proceed in the future. After all, we wanted to do it the right way..who screws with the
police???

Lastly, internet connections. We pride ourselves in trying to find free wi-fi. That's what cruisers do. At the
S.D. Police dock, we had a great connection by having the satellite dish strapped to our boom. It worked just
great until Mr.Big Boat came along and blocked our view. Consequently, we had to move up to the grassy
area of the Police Office,(it happened to be late at night but could have been done during theday) point the
dish across the channel and ..voila!!! a connection was made. So, if you're in the area, you will have access to
Internet!

That's it for now. I'll be back sometime soon!