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!

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.....

March 22, 2015

Homeward once again

A quick update....Kelly left San Carlos very early Saturday and was in Santa Ana by 9:30 am for a fuel stop and to call home - leaving about 6 am made for a quicker drive through Hermosilla.  Picking which line to wait in at the border...who knows?  This time it was a 25 minute wait with no problems and on the way to Blythe, just into California across the Arizona border.

The hotel room was waiting and comfortable, dinner was a favorite...Popeye's Fried Chicken!  Then another planning session...checking weather and site-seeing options - Joshua Tree National Park looked interesting. Once that was decided, a hotel was booked at the north end of the Park at Twentynine Palms and time to get some well earned sleep.

This morning (Sunday) after a filling breakfast provided by the hotel, it was a short drive from Blythe westward on I-10 to the south entrance to the Park, arriving about 8:30 am.  The National Parks Service site describes the park as encompassing two distinct desert ecosystems, the Mohave and the Colorado and covers 794,000 acres.  There is a considerable elevation climb from the highway, through the Cottonwood Spring campground area in the south and along the Park Boulevard which then turns northwest as it gains in altitude.  The pictures shown here are courtesy of the National Park Service Flickr site, primarily taken by NPS staff, and are in the public domain.

http://www.nps.gov/jotr/index.htm

Cottonwood Spring (National Parks Service photo)

Joshua Tree and boulders (NPS)

Rock formations near Skull Rock (NPS)

Great Basin Collard Lizard (NPS)

Acton's Brittlebrush (NPS)
The Hi-View nature trail apparently lived up to its name in climbing quite steeply at times before it offered an excellent view of the surrounding area....a windy summit however...hang on to your hats! As with visits to all of these stunning national parks, there is never adequate time when one is travelling home....always a toss-up between seeing something new and spending more on accommodations or just eating up the miles.

(Photos will be updated once our traveller has returned home....)