S/V INTREPID II - Cape Dory Intrepid 40

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Intrepid II is a Cape Dory Intrepid 40 sailboat, hull #2, designed by Chuck Paine and discovered by the Captain in Blue Hill Maine in 2006. The crew are Kelly (Captain) and Carol (1st Mate - and Captain in training). In 2009 INTREPID II braved the West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, down the Baja Peninsua and up into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, she journeyed from Guaymas as far as Bahia Banderas and back. 2011/2012 she left from Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, then spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey before completing, resting up in San Carlos. Her 4th season was one of maintenance. March 2014 - Another Boat Project season - new equipment!

August 24, 2014

What have we been up to this summer?

Bee on vibrant Sennetti
While INTREPID II rests under the heat of a San Carlos summer, her crew are focusing on that long list of land based - home focused projects.  We've been so fortunate that this summer has been predominantly sunny and warm, with some very hot days at times.

Rainy days have been few - so there has been no excuse to put off painting, gardening, building woodsheds, modifying the watering systems as well as the day to day house chores. The camera is always close at hand to capture the special moments when a butterfly or bee lands on a blossom and stays long enough to focus!  We also appreciate visits from the Anna's Hummingbirds who announce their presence with the buzz and zooms of mini helicopters (not fast enough yet for a photo though).
Tiger Swallowtail on Bowles Mauve
While we don't have the necessary sunny exposure for a full size garden, we do enjoy planting and harvesting on a smaller scale - in pots.  We have a rewarding crop of cherry tomatoes from two trailing baskets as well as salad greens, baby kale and of course - catnip!
Small-scale gardening - trailing cherry tomatoes
Rosie - enjoying her lounge chair
All is not hard work however - we find time for a refreshing G & T or other refreshment by late afternoon and enjoy relaxing on our deck with the furry ones.  
Sebastian in the garden - what Summer is all about!

The Captain taking a well deserved break - Sebastian ignores the comfy cushions
The bbq is our favorite means of preparing dinner - fresh salmon, ling cod, halibut, rib eye steaks, corn on the cob, chicken - all tastes so much better.
The Chef at the bbq - Cheers!
There has been time for family visits - in early July, 'intrepid' family members arrived from Alberta to tackle the challenging West Coast Trail - and returned a week later with minimal bumps, bruises and a well deserved sense of accomplishment after completing the 75 km hike in 7.5 days.  

Our home was the staging area on the Friday evening once they arrived - rechecking packs and equipment after we'd enjoyed a family reunion around the dinner table.  It was a very early morning wakeup call- 4:30 am - as the Captain delivered the hiking quartet to the West Coast Trail Express in downtown Victoria, which delivered them to Pachena Bay near Bamfield about 6 bumpy, logging road hours later. 

The hikers started their trek with one of those few days of rain, unfortunately - and no glorious west coast sunsets as by evening the fog tended to roll in. The initial section was in the trees - sometimes on boardwalk, sometimes on logs, in various stages of repair or decay.
Trail in the trees from Pachena Bay southward
A sample of the beach sections - sometimes hard packed, sometimes not as easy walking.

Of course - the ladders!  And every now and then a rung was missing!

Sea Lions have their own opinions about what is going on!
Sea Lions watching the hikers
If you are curious about what this experience entails, here is the website with planning advice, maps and how to reserve info:
Map of West Coast Trail - 75 kms of challenge and amazement!
Our own summer pursuits were not as ambitious, but geared to more leisurely options......
Extravagant blooms at Glendale Gardens
Bike riding, walking the trails around Rithet's Bog, meandering up the Saanich Peninsula to check out the farm stands filled with fresh produce, stocking up on reading material at our favorite bookstore - Russells, taking day-trips in the area and discovering our own 'backyard'; attending the Artists in the Garden event at Glendale Gardens.....all delightful ways to pass the time.
Heron in Japanese Gardens - HCP
Mallard couple at Rithet's Bog

Red winged Blackbird

Quiet marina near Sooke -  Olympic Mountains in the distance
The Captain and some adventuresome mates headed north to the Campbell River area in mid-August for a day of salmon fishing off the beach.  Some tall tale fish stories.....sadly, no fish this time.  Lessons learned, equipment tested....ready for the next time.
Not quite the size the Captain hoped to catch
A few evenings ago we had an excellent reunion with many cruising friends and friends of friends courtesy of Fran and Jean-Guy of S.V. Gosling.  They generously provided the setting for a pot-luck bbq, as well as the main courses - and the evening was a delightful gathering.  Hopefully we will continue to cross paths with all these cruising friends on the water.

August is coming to a close....time to plan the next cruising adventure!  

April 12, 2014

Homeward bound - Adios amigos! Adios San Carlos!

A quick update - woke up at 05:00 this morning and left the slip around 07:00 to head over to the haul out dock, with just about enough time to flush the engine before the crew arrived.  Thanks to the helpful friends who assisted - much appreciated! The lovely S.V. INTREPID II is once again on the hard in Marina Seca San Carlos - resting up for future adventures of the passage making sort, hopefully.

There was time for one last feeding of the cats who congregate at the top of the Dock B ramp - really will miss these furry, shy friends - and thanks Ken for carrying on looking after them while you are there.

This month went by quickly - so great to see cruising friends from previous years and to make new ones - looking forward to seeing all of you again.  Don't forget to stay in touch.

Somehow all the 'coming home' items were squeezed into Rojo Grande and then on the road by 10:00 am headed north - this time going through Nogales, with fingers crossed that the border delays would be reasonable.  In fact they weren't bad at all.  Reached Tucson and stopped for gas about 4:00 pm and on towards Casa Grande - about half way to Phoenix - a good time to stop and plan the rest of the route home.

Time to check weather and road conditions and get some rest.