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 (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!

February 24, 2012

Friday morning update - February 24


We've now been in La Paz for one busy week and are looking forward to the rest of our stay. Wednesday was our first Spanish lesson at "Se Habla...La Paz" language school.  We are soon heading out for our second class, homework complete and hopefully with a new set of 'verbos' at our disposal to conjugate.  This is our serious effort at expanding our limited Spanish vocabulary and grammar skills in a more disciplined and focused manner.  Paying  to do so is certainly an incentive to hit the books regularly!

When we checked out the opportunities the school offered last Monday, with Juli, the Director of the School, we were pleased to learn they offered flexible scheduling arrangements.  We've chosen 2 hour classes, three times a week.  That should allow us to continue with boat chores and projects, explore La Paz, visit Club Cruceros for coffee hour and to meet with other cruisers, while leaving time for study and practice.  Having the folding bike for Carol and finding a larger framed used bike for Kelly has given us the flexibility to ride up to the school, which is a 10 - 15 minute ride away and save our feet for other excursions.

Yesterday morning (Thursday), we enjoyed a few hours over brunch catching up with our amigo Frank.  That was followed by an adventure riding an 'urbano' bus, which is supposed to travel across the city to further neighbourhoods.  As Marina Palmira is on the north end of the city, we chose a bus which listed  the Pedregal neighbourhood and asked the driver if he went near the marina.  He said yes, so we had a tour through downtown, then turns to the right and left, always in the right northerly direction.  Our thoughts were that he'd eventually reach the main road coming or going....not so!  At the very top of the high hills he advised us to get off and pointed to a dirt road heading west.  We could see the harbour, but not the marina.  Long story short....we walked and walked, and confirmed with some house  painters at a home under construction that we were on the right road.  Eventually we reach the malecon very near the marina.  Quite the city tour as well!  All for 8 pesos each.

The long road home
Still a ways to go ...
More thoughts and pictures to follow.   We hope all is well with you wherever you are today!

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