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 (Admiral and Blogger). In 2009 INTREPID II embarked on her West Coast journey from Victoria to San Francisco, the Baja Sur Peninsula and into the Sea of Cortez. In 2010/2011, we sailed ifrom Guaymas, south to Bahia Banderas and back. In 2011/2012 she left Guaymas, headed south to La Paz, spent three weeks at anchor on our northward journey and rested on the hard in San Carlos. Her 4th, 5th and 6th seasons were Boat Projects related. Optimistic that there will be more cruising on the horizon!
We were pleased to find that the stars aligned to be in La Cruz at the same time as friends were arriving from Edmonton to stay in Bucerias, a short distance away. Last Tuesday we walked through the village up to the main highway to catch a bus for 9 pesos each for a 20 minute ride. We rode through most of Bucerias to its eastern edge; according to our mini-map we were looking for the 5th traffic light. As we strolled down the residential street our greeting party met us part way to their rented condo. We enjoyed a catch up chat on the lovely shaded balcony overlooking a quiet pool in the complex.
Well marked streets
Bonnie and Dave took us on a walking tour towards the footbridge near the town centre. We enjoyed the stroll along cobblestone streets, admiring a variety of private homes, colourful gardens, rental casas, which gave way to restaurants, galleries, small shops and street vendors.
Yellow tailed birds on flowering bush
Dolphin finial on post
Intricate brick and mosaic
For lunch we sampled pescado y papas at Fishy's, near the Art Walk plaza and on our return quenched our thirst at Ixta's, enjoying a great compilation of music in the background. Bucerias certainly offers a wide assortment of eating spots and more places to spent your pesos than does La Cruz. It also appears to be a pleasant place to enjoy the warmer weather for all of us from 'up north'.
Dave, Bonnie and Kelly at Ixta
After our enjoyable exploration and visit we still had time to do some provisioning. Since there was a large super store in the area, we hopped the bus for a few more kms east and arrived at the Mega store. Like all these large stores, it offers groceries, beer and wine, hardware, housewares and some clothing. It made sense to buy some of the heavier items here and take a taxi back to the marina, so for $120 pesos we saved ourselves the effort of carting everything on the bus and down the long road. This time we zipped along the highway and were back home on INTREPID II by sunset.