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 and in the water at Marina San Carlos. 2015 - more TLC and perhaps some sailing!

September 18, 2015

A sad farewell to an Intrepid Sebastian


Those of you who knew our Sebastian in person or heard of his dynamic personality from us over the years will understand how deeply we feel his loss.  It has been a sad, poignant month since we said our regretful farewell to a brave, feisty, affectionate, unpredictable, handsome 14 1/2 year old tan and white feline who declined so suddenly in the first weeks of August.  Our supportive and compassionate vet, Dr. Lesley Langford, helped us as much as Sebastian through his peaceful departure - safe at home with his tearful people.

Although having senior cats who needed 'just the right people' to care for them if we were to again embark on another cruising season has truthfully complicated our lives, we gained so much from their companionship and affection.  Rosie just turned 17 and has become very much an indoor cat which gives us some hope that we might be able to convince her to travel with us - Sebastian always presented an incredible challenge to do so.

Thank you to everyone who offered comfort and kind thoughts; we know so many of you have had to deal with challenges to or the loss of your own pets - their memories live on in our hearts.

July 30, 2015

How we are spending our summer

Fuschias - hummingbirds love it
 We really aren't auditioning to be hermits but realize that we haven't been very communicative these past months.  Here's a quick update and we hope your summer is going well wherever this finds you.

We are keeping busy with house and garden projects - the ones that replace the boat projects once the Captain returns home from time spent with INTREPID II. (It is still in the plans to do a posting about Kelly's drive home in April once we de-bug the issue with downloading his photos from his smart phone. )

Today we've just returned from visiting Garden Works, a local nursery, to pick up a few flowering plants to fill in the patchy spots on our deck and what should be a showy sunny flower bed.  The heat we've been experiencing is hard on even sun loving plants and we do enjoy watching butterflies, bees and our hummingbird neighbours visit the blossoms.  We then stopped by the Root Cellar for fresh veggies and ingredients to make crab cakes, which we've been craving for a few days.  Finally we donned long sleeve denim shirts to hunt for any remaining blackberries on a trail Kelly frequents but anything ripe has been picked clean.  There should be a great crop in another few weeks however.
Abundant petunias
We do take time to put up our feet, read a novel or travel book or something else that is intriguing. We've stripped the last of the wallpaper that came with our house and have the paint ready to apply once the walls are smoothed and re-taped.  There are new cellular blinds on several windows, which were primed and painted and look fresh and bright.  The yard always needs attention - the west coast greenery grows and grows and we have yet to learn how to teach a plant to stay pruned.

Way back in mid June we attended the annual Bluewater Cruising Association barbeque and enjoyed catching up with cruising friends who have made it 'back home' as well as encouraging this year's Fleet of 'doers' as they prepare to head south.  It will be a treat to read of their exploits as we recall our own initial cruising journey 'way back' in September 2009.

All for now.....