Saturday, March 5, 2016

North to Alaska! This rush in on...

Hello family and friends--
Two good days of sailing in a row with Rob aboard, out of Loreto.

It's that time again (although slightly early this year... in order to accommodate a certain exciting event happening April 9th): time to swap our Baja sailing shorts and flip-flops in for our Juneau fishing bibs. Clif and I are both officially hired on as crew members for the M/V Mist Cove this summer, season beginning April 18th, starting in Port Orchard, Washington. Clif will be returning again as Lead Deckhand (fishing guide/skiff driver) and I will be coming on as the new Guest Coordinator. Part of my position will be taking and compiling photos/videos of guests and crew each week, so I'm hoping to keep this blog up throughout the summer, recounting some fun Alaskan Cruising adventures and photos as well.

The countdown has begun! Wedding time is quickly approaching! We crossed the border and drove into Phoenix on Thursday afternoon, and have already had contact with several close friends telling us of their travel plans to Alaska for the wedding-- it's very exciting, and just plane fun to hear from friends coming from across the country to join us for the celebration! (Kim, Leah, Brady!!) Also great to check in with vendors and have everything lined up. My hard work in January seems to be paying off. We have a couple musical groups that have joined the line up of events, including an amazing local group that will be playing at Louie's on Thursday night (April 7th) for our Family/Friends meet-and-greet, and a very fortunate collaboration of musicians playing at the ceremony from Seattle, and Anchorage. It's going to be a week of music and good company!

Rob and Clif take a quick bath in San Juanico after working on the engine.
Our last week on the boat we had Clif's dad, Rob, join us in Loreto, and aid in our crossing back to Guaymas. I think all of us would say the highlight of our week together was whales, whales, whales! After our trip to Lopez Mateo to see the gray whales, we happened upon a full-grown blue whale hanging outside of San Juanico, just as we started out crossing. We stopped the boat completely just to watch the blue whale surface, it's enormous blueish-gray mass just rising out of the water barely to breathe. Once the boat was off, the whale surfaced several times incredibly close to the boat, once just meters off the bow! The thing was huge!! We only saw a small portion of it's back out of the water, but were so close that we could see the white shape of the rest of the whale, including the tail, underneath the surface. Slightly startled by it's close proximity, the whale did a deep dive right under the boat, showing it's fluke as it descended-- a rare treat!

Sound Discovery leaving the free docks for haul out.
With the help of Rob, we managed to get the boat put away in three days: one day at the "free docks" outside of Guaymas, and two on the hard, in Marina Seca Guaymas. We made a long to-do list and quickly crossed off everything, even having time to kill on the last afternoon. The drive up to Phoenix was long and hot, but supplemented by some last minute Mexican food before we crossed the border. Rob flew out of Phoenix yesterday morning, back for Reno, after a short visit with my grandparents living in Surprise.

North to Alaska!

Clif and I are planning camping our way up the coast again, through LA, Big Sur and into the Bay Area. We have to stop off in Occidental for what is becoming the semi-annual switching of gear. Rob has joked about putting our names on the backyard gear shed at their home in Occidental and having it become our first primary residence as a newly married couple. All tank tops and shorts are going to be switched out out for rubber boots as rain gear. Clif has gone so far as having a "Boat Company" tote, just full of all his Alaskan outdoor gear-- so he can just swap one box out for another.

I will be arriving back home, in Juneau, on the morning of March 22nd, and it the ground running with wedding prep-- mostly fun decoration chores. Clif will be taking a fire safety class in Seattle for work, and flying into Juneau on Easter, that following weekend.

Our little month of sailing was short but sweet. Extra wind this time, which kind of held us in place, but still got time on the boat.

Adios Sound Discovery-- Until next season, when we're ready for some sunshine!
Hello Mist Cove!

Watching the sunset the night of our crossing back to Guaymas.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

This Month Aboard Sound Discovery...

Buenas Dias de Loreto--

I'm writing from the comfort of land while the wind picks up off the Loreto shoreline. This week the wind has been up high, so we have been hunkering down here in Loreto with good friends waiting for some good wind and weather to cross back over to Guaymas. Clif's dad, Rob, joined us last Sunday, just in time for the Norther to start blowing, and he will be crossing with is as an extra hand, but we have been enjoying land adventures and the home/company of a Reno couple, Rosie and Ken, long time friends of Clif's family. Thank you Rosie and Ken for letting us take over your house this week--- laundry, wifi, amazing meals up on the top deck of the house-- we've been spoiled! All the while, Sound Discovery is sitting tight and snug on anchor in Puerto Escondido, 20 miles south of Loreto in a little wind protection.

Beach walk in Agua Verde.
Since I last posted photos (our first pass through Loreto), Clif and I sailed down to Agua Verde and Caleta Los Gatos, two popular cruising spots south of us. The second we passed Loreto that water got warmer, the wind died down, and the sun got hotter. Amazing what a little adjustment south can do! We had some wonderful sails downwind and hot, flat-calm motoring days back up to Loreto area. All of our destinations have been centered around accessibility of good spear-fishing spots-- making the majority of our meals this year fish tacos or pan-friend fish fillets! Clif and I have both improved our fish-frying skills drastically. Turns out... the secret is coconut oil. We've gone through some serious coconut oil, and have taken to using it whenever we cook with the skillet.

We took a little break from galley cooking while in Agua Verde. Clif made an actual Valentine's Day reservation with a small palapa-restaruant on the beach, run by several local ladies. We dined under a little palm-fronds roof on homemade chicken mole! My first meal of authentic chicken mole since Sound Discovery has been in Mexican waters. (My Dad will understand why this is a milestone, I've been asking for mole in restaurants since we started sailing down the outside coast.) It lived up to all of my expectations!

Happy Spearfisherman! The Blunthead Trigger.
Clif has been enjoying his new dive toy, the Lunocet Pro Monofin, having great success with monofin spearfishing as well. One day, while I had cell service and was chatting with my sister sitting in the cockpit, Clif swam up quietly and said, "Giselle, I need your help." I peeked over the side of the boat, told my sister I had to go, to him holding onto our side ladder with a huge trigger fish, the biggest one either of us had ever seen-- later learned it was a Blunthead Trigger. Needless to say, we were eating trigger fish tacos and ceviche for DAYS.

Yesterday, Clif, Rob and I took a day trip across Baja to see the Gray Whale mama and baby pairs rearing in the shallow, protected waters near Lopez Mateo. This time we hired our own panga to take us our and saw dozens of mama-baby pairs, so many excited to play and interact! Rob was up front in the panga when one of the young calves was swimming back and forth under the bow of the panga and got some good whale pets in! We also were fortunate enough to see a mama Gray do several "head-slap," bringing her head all the way our of the water and looking and the world around. Another amazing day out there getting close to the curious and playful whales!

What's Next...

Rob petting the baby Gray whale the surfaced under our bow!
Now that Rob has arrived in Mexico, we are Guaymas bound. Once the winds calm down, we are going to sail up to San Juanico (San Basillio area), and make the crossing from there. The weather looks nice and calm for a crossing this coming weekend (Feb 27th/28th)-- and with three of us, I might even get a chance to sleep! (Unlike this past one... where we were doing some serious sailing all night). Once we're in Guaymas, we will schedule a day to haul-out, do a couple days of thorough clean-up, and then hit the road for Phoenix. Our goal is to be up in Arizona by the first weekend on March. Depending on the timing, we would like to do some camping on our way back north, passing through Occidental, Bend and then eventually Seattle before flying up to Juneau. Working our way slowly north for our wedding.

Until then, we are going to soak up as much sun as possible--- wearing sunscreen and working hard to make sure I'm tan-line free for wedding dress time!

Looking forward to seeing family and friends as we move up the west coast!

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

A week of wind and waves---

Quick Hello and check in from Loreto--

We've finally made it down to Loreto after a week huddling in San Basillio (known better as Caleta San Juanico by cruisers), waiting out a long norther. The winds began about two hours after we dropped anchor in San Juanico, and didn't hesitate until about a week later. Strong north north-westerly winds blew constantly across the small bay where about 3-4 other boats took refuge. However, despite the grounding wind, there is not other place we would rather be stuck! We chose to cross to San Basillio for a reason! Diving, spearfishing, hiking, beach combing, goat-milking and cheese making were all on the agenda. We caught a small fish per day, and enjoyed getting to know both the cruisers and campers alike (San Basillio is a popular road-trip stop as well).

Since we have limited wifi this morning, and I trying to get all of our chores done this morning before the wind picks up, I'm just going to attach some photos from the past week and do a more in depth post from Puerto Escondido, an anchorage and marine about 17 miles south of Loreto.

Enjoy--- more soon!


Clif bringing the dinghy ashore in San Basillio (aka San Juanico).

A full backpack of produce after I visit to Jose's Garden!

Dishes: Don't be fooled by the sunshine and blue skies-- it was cold this day!!

It's Alive! Beach combing.

Jose's goat head out to pasture to munch on desert brush.

A view from a hike above San Basillio. You can barely make out our boat-- the tiny white spec in the second cove to the left.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Back to Life on the Hard...

Morning view from our boat in the yard.
¡Buenos Dias de Guaymas!

Good morning from Marina Seca Guaymas aboard Sound Discovery. Clif and I arrived two days ago to a remarkably similar Sound Discovery, having weathered the hot, arid summer very well. Happy to be back on the boat and with a tight cruising schedule this spring, we set right to cleaning out the inside of the boat and making it livable. We went to a local laundry shop to clean all of our linens that had been collecting Guaymas yard dust over the summer, and drove downtown to get our favorite Tacos California at Donny’s. We also learned a couple lessons right away when pulling up to the boat in the yard-- one being to not use blue painters tape on the gel coat--- in our haste last spring, we used blue painters tape secure items that covered up windows and all moving parts. The tape that sat in the sun for the past ten months has (what seems like) fused to the boat. Even mineral spirits and a credit card can’t seem to get the residue off. So… we will have to work on that when we’re bored out on the water.

Braving the chilly Guaymas winter mornings :)
I’ve been having mixed feelings coming down to the boat this spring and leaving some wedding planning to-do’s behind, but I know it’ll be good for both of us to separate ourselves for a little while—eliminating any over-planning. The big pieces are in place, and the details are all just cosmetic! It’s like putting the boat in the water: the engine is running (woo-hoo! …as of yesterday), we have sails in good shape, and the rest is cosmetic. You could spend years working on every detail of the boat--- new projects always arising. Some folks DO spend years in the yard, until they have the perfect boat the want to sail. In our quest to keep things as simple as possible—Clif is removing me. What’s done is done—we’re getting married in April, and it is going to be a fabulous party!! (** Special thanks to my mom who will be sending out the formal invitations next week!
It’s entirely possible that we will get in the water today (a record time for many in the boat yard) and motor our way over to the free docks just west of where we are now. The free docks are a great staging ground to set up sails, line, have Clif go up the mast, and finish anything we need to do before crossing the Sea. There is not, unfortunately, Internet access—so I’m posting this now, and will look forward to posting our next blog somewhere in Baja, preferably further south! We will be using our Delorme InReach again. You can follow the tracker posts by clicking the link on the page, “Track Us!”

Oatmeal and blogging...
Another big announcement for us this spring, besides getting married, is that we both received jobs aboard The Mist Cove this summer, Clif as a deckhead and myself as the Guest Coordinator. If you want to read more about the vessel and the cruises planned, check out The Boat Company website here:

We’re very excited to finally work on a boat together, and are aiming to spend as much time on the water this year as possible!!
Looking forward to posting some wonderful sailing photos next time we have wifi!

Until then…Giselle

Thursday, December 31, 2015

We're gettin' hitched! Answer Your Questions Here!

Hello friends, family, fellow cruisers and genuine blog followers...

Exciting News for the Sound Discovery Crew of Two!

While cycling around Vietnam this past November, Clif whipped out a diamond ring and asked me to be his sailing buddy and First Mate for life. I responded with an immediate "Yes!" ... which means these two sailors are tying the knot... for real!

What does that mean for the adventures of Sound Discovery? We will be shortening our cruising season in the Sea of Cortez, and spending a chunk of our spring time wedding planning and getting married prior to our summer cruising season in Alaska.

Family and Friends Seeking Wedding Information...

For your convenience, and ours, we have added a tab up at the top of our blog labeled "Our Wedding" that includes as much information as possible about the wedding day events, prior wedding weekend events and what's going in Juneau the week of the wedding. We have chosen to get married prior to our summer work season on April 9th, 2016, in Juneau, Alaska, which means it is prior to the normal tourist season. While the tourism aspect of Juneau will be sleepy, the locals will be hoppin' as we Juneauites celebrate one of our favorite weeks of the year: Alaska Folk Festival. The Folk Festival takes place nightly April 4th-10th at Centennial Hall in downtown Juneau, and branches of into live music jams in almost every bar and restaurant during the week. It is one of my favorite weeks of the year in Juneau-- a week I have purposefully come back for year after year to be a part of and enjoy.

I could go on for days about how fun the Folk Festival is... just trust me! It will be a fun weekend rain, snow or shine!

For more information--- check out all the links I've provided in "Our Wedding" page, or email me directly with your questions at 

Engagement Ring placed over the beach where I said, "Yes!"

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A little short, but sweet.

Writing to you from Prescott, Arizona, where the sun is shining and it is a cool 49 degrees outside this morning; a sharp contract to the 95+ heat we were feeling in Guaymas and Phoenix this past week. We crossed the border back into the United States on Sunday with relative ease (I only say 'relative' because I was harboring many fruits and vegetables... which I always seem to forget before border crossings). Somewhere along the drive from the Nogales Border to Phoenix, I managed to loose my wallet... which is always a fun feeling.... and Clif managed to find several important documents that he thought (for the entire drive) he forgot on the boat. Basically--- we both need to turn our brains back on. We're not on the boat anymore and not everything we own is within arms reach. Luckily, Alaska DMV allowed me a temporary license for the road trip up the coast, and my little wallet was made out of recycled bike tire tubing.

All things considered, the quick end of our spring cruising season was wonderful. We spent two weeks exploring the Loreto area, including a couple days playing in Agua Verde, just 25 miles south of Loreto. We sailed up to San Juanico and ended up waiting 3 days for a weather window to cross the sea, 100 miles, to Guaymas. Our crossing was absolutely flat calm. We did a little more motoring than desired, but would rather have it flat calm and fast than the other way around.

The sweet life with a sweet cocktail (strawberry margaritas) in Agua Verde.

 We got to enjoy some quality spear-fishing time with our friends Eric and Pam, aboard Emma Bell, along with Eric's brother, Andy. The five of us made a motley crew in our wetsuits, and enjoyed several great meals of fish tacos and ceviche. All of us ended up joining back together in Loreto for drinks and goodbyes before Clif and I started north.

The last couple weeks of cruising went by incredibly quickly, and we smoothly made it back to Guaymas around the time we planned (which is rare for cruising... since we can be so weather dependent). We pulled into the "free docks" (30 pesos a night/$2USD) outside of Guaymas to work on folding sails, coiling lines and stowing all the sailing aspects of the boat. We also walked to Gabriel's yard (Marina Seca Guaymas) from the dock, which was a quick 20 minutes to pick up the truck and schedule our haul out. The yard was ready to take our boat early the next morning, so without any lag time, we motored over to the haul out dock, pulled Sound Discovery out of the water with no hiccups and had her put back in almost the exact position she was in just a couple months before.

Spearfishing bounty from an outing on Emma Bell. (My fish it the furthest to the right... my toes farthest to the left)
Buddy boaters aboard Emma Bell, enjoying some margaritas in San Juanico after a diving session.
Clif working on tying out sun-shades over the boat before we left.
We had one new triangular sunshade made for the bow of the boat to protect our dinghy and foredeck, but other than that, our process for "putting the boat to bed" was the same as last year. We refined our to-do list and worked our way through every chore in three full days. The cardboard over the windows was a last minute effort to cover from the sun... we will see how long that lasts.

Summer Tourist season is rapidly approaching, which means we are making our way north, in the truck, steadily through the states. Going to make stops all the way up the coast and pull into Seattle around the middle of the month. I will be dropping Clif off in Port Orchard, WA to climb aboard Mist Cove (the boat he will be working on for the summer) and I will continue on to Prince Rupert, BC to hop on the ferry up to Juneau.

Plans for Sound Discovery are a little up in the air right now, but thoughts of Panama and Costa Rica are floating in our heads for next fall, so we will see where the wind takes us! Thank you for reading!!


Sound Discovery anchored in San Juanico.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A Week in San Juanico

Officially awesome spear gun portrait!
What a glorious week it has been in Caleta San Juanico, over a week by the time this blog post gets uploaded in nearby Loreto. Loreto may be only 40 miles south of us, but we feel as if we are in a secluded cruisers haven. Spear fishing within a short swim of our anchored boat, bonfires on a private beach, hikes to a small ranchito, finally meeting up with our friends on Emma Bell, and making my own goat cheese (yes, fresh goat cheese) have all been highlights. There are several boats here in the bay that have been anchored in San Juanico for months… and now I might have a slight inkling why. I do feel like this week has been a true vacation, and, although it looks like it, not all days aboard the boat are easy as pie, but this week has not been in the least bit trying. The boat’s solar power has been charging away, keeping our provisions nice and cold. The rain clouds that we had at the beginning of the week have dissipated. Clif and I have caught some great sized fish with the spear gun and Hawaiian sling, and feasted royally on fish tacos (until our tortillas ran out.) I am really making the most of this time with Clif, before April 15th, when he will be off on a new job, on a new boat leaving from Seattle, and I will only be seeing him every-other Saturday night throughout the summer.

Our sail down to San Juanico from Concepción was a little bumpy, but non-the-less a sail! It rained for the better part of the day, and reached 22 knots of wind, creating a rough quarter-stern swell. My little herb garden flourished in the rain, while I took full advantage of the clean fresh water, brushing my hair outside, attempting to simulate a shower. We sailed down with two new friends: Greg and Diane aboard Alma (who we crossed the sea with), and a single-hander, John (on Rosalita), who is the same age as me, working as a street musician (classical violinist) in San Francisco in the summer. The group of us reached San Juanico in the mid-afternoon, after an early start from the Santo Domingo anchorage, and we toasted our efforts with a big spaghetti family dinner aboard Alma. Greg and Diane, who have children our age in the states, have begun referring to us as “The Kids,” which we are more than happy to be called, since more than once they have cooked us a yummy dinner! We appreciate the love.

Cruiser "meet-and-greet" bonfire in San Juanico.
The anchorage in San Juanico has been busy this week (up to 12 boats at once), and we celebrated the mass of boats accordingly with two “meet-and-greet” bonfires. Baja boating can be so unbelievably social, if you want it to be. Where some might retire to RVs or gated communities, others prefer a watery mobile home, and know many of the boats moving back and forth, up and down the Sea of Cortez. The radio, both VHF and SSB (Single side band), connect many of these boaters to each other throughout the season, and help create a tight-knit community, both far and near. This week, we had the pleasure of meeting Doug and Linda, aboard Que Linda, hailing from Bend, Oregon! Doug and Linda have been incredibly nice to us, even inviting us over to watch a movie on a quiet night. We enjoy their company immensely (and is only enhanced by the fact that we can both LOVE and make fun of Bend, OR together). My sister would love to know that Doug is a huge fan of the Ocean Roll and Sparrow, so I told him, when he returns to bend, go find the barista at the Northwest Crossing Sparrow that looks identical to me!! Doug is also a live-long Outward Bound Employee and enthusiast, and has gotten me to think more about apply for outdoor education positions where more foundations educators are needed. He also promises to take Clif and I to the best dive-bars in Bend next time we pass through (Clairen, you’re invited.)

Fried-fish tacos! Officially cruising.
Our friends, Pam, Eric and his brother, Andy, arrived yesterday morning after overcoming several hassles in the boat yard. We are excited to have our fishing-buddies back with us. Andy’s first day on the Baja with the four of us couldn’t have been better: spear fishing, fish tacos, margaritas and a bon-fire with most of the cruisers in the anchorage attending. Not bad, not bad.

My absolute favorite highlight of the week was meeting José and buying vegetables from his fresh, organic garden, just a kilometer up the road. I was so inspired by my experience with him, that I attempted to write a small magazine story, which is still in its draft state, but hopefully will get sent along with some of my photos to a couple cruiser magazines. I’ll let you know how that goes. It’ll be my first attempt at a short magazine story. Instead of re-writing the entire thing, I’m just going to say a fond farewell and copy-and-paste the story below. Clif and I will be cruising the islands around Loreto before turning north to head back to Guaymas.
Jose and Clif milking the goats.

Eating Local: An Exceptional Find in Baja Provisioning

One of my many joys in sailing the Sea of Cortez, is watching my little boat refrigerator gradually transform into a Mexican icebox. Any bread or beer dwindling from the states quickly converts into stores of Pacifico Clara and flour tortillas. Avocado slices, lime wedges and sprigs of cilantro garnish breakfast, lunch and dinner. My boyfriend and I begin to supplement our protein intake with freshly speared fish and fight off scurvy with heaps of canned salsa. It’s heavenly.

The hipness of “eating local” in the states becomes second nature to any cruiser. It’s a necessity. Often we run out of fresh vegetables in a remote anchorage and it will be me tromping around the Baja desert, looking for some small sign of civilization… a Mini Super, a truck full of juice oranges, wild oregano growing on the side of the dirt road, anything. So one can imagine my excitement this spring, when we pulled into Caleta San Juanico and heard word of a small ranch, just a kilometer up the road, with a brand new garden. I rowed ashore with a backpack, pesos, camera and a couple plastic bags, just in case my provisioning bounty was surprisingly plentiful… and it was.

José, a very kind and curious Mexican rancher (owner of the garden) is just beginning to understand the wealth of his nearby clientele. Cruisers and campers alike in San Juanico have been walking up to his tiny home and jardín (garden) this past winter and spring to buy anything that looks fresh, green, and springs from the ground. José also owns a small herd of goats and chickens that provide income from fresh goat milk and eggs daily. “You’ve got a good thing going, that’s for sure,” I told him in Spanish when I arrived late one hot afternoon. With a little conversational, I found my arms and backpack full of more fresh vegetables than I had seen in weeks, for less pesos than I would spend at any small grocery store. With green onions, bushels of cilantro, beets, brussel sprouts, carrots, lettuce, and garlic along the way, José’s organic garden is a dream for cruisers who love to eat well and appreciate growing things form the ground.

I did have a little secret agenda arriving at José’s that day (besides acquiring vast amounts of veggies). For years I have wanted someone (specifically someone from Mexico,) to teach me how to make fresh cheese. I am not a cheese maker by trade, nor have I ever ventured in cheese making my own, but I adore Mexican queso fresco de chiva, that is: fresh goat cheese. I wrote out an entire paragraph in Spanish expressing my desire (as a cue card of sorts… my Spanish isn’t quite on par these days) asking José if he would be willing teach me to not only milk the goats, but also make the cheese. He was surprised at first, but more than eager to have me arrive the next morning at 7:00am to milk the goats (free milk maid… why not?)!  And that’s exactly what I did. My boyfriend and I showed up at seven and began our first hand ranchero tutorial on milking goats. In a single day, I was successfully milking goats while the sun rose over the Baja hills; I helped strain and clean the fresh, warm milk, and drank coffee with José as the cheese began to curdle. We snapped a couple priceless photos, and spoke enough Spanish to keep conversation flowing. My boyfriend and cruising partner, Clif, generously helped hold the goats, as well as relieving my milking duties when my hands got tired. We rowed back to our boat while the newly pressed cheese sat under bricks and condensed. As a parting gift for my charitable teacher, Clif and I spent the afternoon prepping a roasted beet and goat cheese salad, utilizing many of the vegetables from José’s garden and cheese that I had bought the prior day.

We arrived back to our boat that night, fresh cheese in hand, with the new-cheese texture of firm tofu. By that time, everyone in the anchorage had heard of our humorous, yet joyful, goat-milking endeavors. Rowing boat-to-boat, we offered chunks of our delicious, freshly pressed goat cheese. Those couple days in San Juanico getting to know José, gave me a whole new cruiser approach to the idiom “Eat Local:” building relationships with the growers, passing on knowledge and skills, giving back to the growers and sharing the wealth, (food and knowledge,) with close friends. Next time I’m buying groceries for the boat and tempted to over-provision, I’m going to remember the relationships and adventures to be had when seeking local food during your cruising voyages.

My favorite photo of our cheese-making day with Jose.

To accompany the story--- check out the newly UPDATED Galley Time blog! I posted the Roasted Beet and Goat Cheese Salad recipe and brief story.

Thanks for reading--- would love your comments. Clif and I are going to be headed south to Agua Verde for more goat cheese and fishing grounds.
Getting 2 gallons of fresh goat milk.

Letting the milk set with the starter, and cheese cloth fly-protection.

Straining off the whey from the cheese curds.
Pressing the curds in the cheese cloth.

Revealing the goat cheese after it sat under a brick for the day.