After moving to California, we liked to go down into Baja and camp. Our favorite spot was outside of Ensinada and located on a beautiful bay surrounded by mountains. One weekend, we went down on Friday afternoon and were some of the few campers which was usual. The next morning we woke up to this site around the bay from us. As it turned out, it was Hobie Fleet #1 out of Los Angeles. We did not see sail #1 (Hobie Alter's), but we did see sail #2 which was Hobie Alter, Jr.
fffff Echo first rode through the California and Arizona deserts aboard a 1935 White. Now, after spending over 20 years sailing in Arizona and Georgia reservoirs and after sailing in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Echo de Cielo found a new life as a 'River Cat'. I removed the mast, built a removable transom, added batteries and an electric trolling motor and we had a great boat for cruising on the Chattahoochee River. Wide and stable and with a shallow draft, she turned into a great boat for viewing wildlife and the outdoors of the urban Chattahoochee National River Park.
Here is the portion of the river where we docked with the mist rolling in. We named our special spot, "Misty Hollow".
An uncommon site that we witnessed one day in Misty Hollow is this pair of Swans swimming down the river in the middle of the mist. We believe that these swans were from Martin's Landing which is about a mile up-river.
Here is the swan that we gave the name, Rex. He is a very pretty bird and he knows it and loves to show off his beauty.

Echo moored to a dock without a mast looked almost like she belonged there. I put a solar panel on the boat to trickle charge the batteries. They worked OK, but not good enough to rely upon. I still want to add solar power to Echo so that she can recharge herself without having to remove the batteries or hook up a charger.

With almost zero wake, no sound and travelling without gas propulsion, Echo is a zero polluter in the river. Our wake is more than a duck and less than a goose!

I rigged a pair of rotating slides and a boat winch so that I could pull Echo up onto the dock so that we could clean her and do repairs while in this functional dry dock.

The river really fouled the hulls and we have been unable to clean them to their original condition. We kept the hulls in good condition for 20 years, but keeping the boat in the river fouled them quickly.

We lost this dock during the spring of 2004 as the National Park Service came through and cleared all the docks. Now, once again, our Hobie is stored on land and we rarely get a chance to put her back in the water.