While Carol stayed home in Victoria to manage our house projects, I returned by car to Guaymas to bring down some needed boat supplies and to bring home items no longer required on INTREPID II. Our cruising months had taught us much about what was necessary and what we could live without or what we had no space to accommodate.
|A well earned break from working on INTREPID II|
My first task was to locate and buy a small air conditioner and rig it up to work on the boat. This project-filled adventure would not be possible without it. With the boat closed up tight all day due to sanding or painting, it quickly gets up to 100 degrees F. inside. As an added plus, the ability to close the boat up at night with the AC running means I don't hear the local karaoke bar quite so much. Just like back home, the worst singers are the loudest! The only difference here is that they keep going long past when most bars in the U.S. or Canada would have closed and the decibel level is about double what you would get at home.
Guaymas is an interesting city. While it does not have chandlers carrying yachting gear like in La Paz, it does have metal working shops and other services that can make just about anything, due to the large shrimp boat fleet here. It is definitely not a tourist town, although there are some restaurants where most of the staff speaks some English. San Carlos, about 40 minutes away by car, is much more of a gringo town.
At the start of this venture, I said "I want to go where it's warm." Well, that seems to have been accomplished, in spades. If anyone needs a few degrees of heat to warm up their home town, I know where you can find some.