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!

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.


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....)

March 20, 2015

INTREPID II - "wait - didn't I just leave Marina Seca...you are leaving me here again already?"

Sad but true....the past month was a busy one for Captain Kelly and the plan was to stay at least a week longer before hauling out once again and then heading homeward.

INTREPID II once again settled into dry storage
However, "time and tides wait for no boat or captain"....checking for a suitable depth in the marina, during working hours, determined that the entire last week of March was no-go!  The next best option was this week and in order to have a 'Plan B' (apologies to Ken S.) to allow for any unforeseen 'oops', INTREPID II found herself out of the water yesterday (March 19th) at 10 a.m.  The works yard was the first stop to finalize, organize (!), stow and take off any extraneous items.  A cozy room down the way at the R.V. park is home for two nights...at the very back of the property, so hopefully quieter than the 5th wheel which was home base at the beginning of this sojourn.

A link for anyone who might want to check out the accommodations:

Today (Friday) part two of the move - into the dry storage yard, settled in and secured for the Sonoran spring, summer, fall ....blazing sun (it is already hot), gritty winds, thunderstorms ....hopefully not a sign of a hurricane!  With promises to this very special home away from home that there will still be many cruising adventures in the future.

There has been time to make new friends, connect with a few from previous years, battle the bo-bos, wish for the air conditioning unit that was sold for a song last season and ponder the whys and wherefores of what kept causing the Internet to go down at the marina.  Thank goodness for the cell phone data plan!  Kelly took on the task of 'weather reader' on the morning net when most people could not get wifi.

After many attempts, the stars aligned to actually do the planned hike in the Nacapule Canyon with intrepid fellow hiker Ken H.  Pictures to be downloaded; in the meantime here's a link:


Looking forward to hearing about the hike details...stay tuned.

Highly recommended - the annual 'melodrama' to raise funds for the Rescate services....lots of fun, laughter and for a good cause...keep it in mind for next year if you are in San Carlos at this time.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is the scheduled departure day....the Captain is still sorting out his itinerary it seems.