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. Season 7 - we are hoping to cruise again at long last.

January 13, 2018

Mid January Musings

Hola!  Time flies when boat projects become more challenging and complex and require extending stays in rental accommodations.  Here is a quick summary of how the days have unfolded since the New Year.

The Captain may eventually find time to reflect and comment on the efforts he has put in to replace hoses and valves and clamps.  To wait patiently - sort of - for yet more parts to make their way to Mexico, then through Customs and on to San Carlos.  To track down parts manufacturers only to be told "oh - we haven't updated that drawing for years - it doesn't match the part you have".  It is now January 13th and we are at times concerned that we won't have a home either on land or onboard at month end.  The property rental office is sending clients to view our apartment.  The marina states it is high season and slips are in high demand.  The pressure is on!

The Admiral is pleased with her efforts at designing and sewing ten new pairs of curtains for INTREPID II; six are now complete.  There is also a large bolt of Sunbrella fabric propped in the corner awaiting efforts to turn it into covers for much of our exterior teak.  However, a stuffy head and persistent cough are not the ideal conditions to work with in sketching out the most efficient use of pricey fabric.  Hoping that soon we will both feel much more energized and inspired.

We do relish the much better weather here in San Carlos and wish for improved temperatures for everyone 'back home'.  The sunrises and sunsets are consistently beautiful and inspiring, our current neighbourhood has its share of visitors and we do take breaks to enjoy the surroundings.

Sunrise view from De Anza 
Local herd of cattle foraging through empty lots

Colour in January

Yesterday it was time for a treat, so late afternoon saw us driving to Thrifty's for ice cream, then on to the Estero el Soldado (the Soldier's Estuary).  This nature sanctuary is located near the highway leading in to San Carlos, off the Boulevard Escenico.  This area was established in 2006 in an effort to ensure protection of the flora and fauna, while allowing visitors to walk or kayak to observe. The coastal lagoon is 180 acres adjacent to San Francisco Bay beach, and we accessed it near Condominios Pilar.  There is also a Visitor's Office off the road leading to the Delfinario on the way to Miramar.
Estero El Soldado 

Lagoon at low tide

Mangroves surrounding esturary

There were few birds in the lagoon, but we relished the peacefulness and quiet.  A walk along the beach at dusk added to our relaxation before heading 'home' for the evening.

Cactus with Tetakawis in far distance

Sending out shoots along the sand
Gull on San Francisco beach

Waves roll in

January 2, 2018

HAPPY 2018!

Shadows and canyons
Only January 2nd, yet time is flying!  We hope this 2018 New Year is off to a very good start for everyone.  For all our family and friends in the truly Frozen North - you are amazingly stoic and resilient - weathering those frigid temperatures - even before the wind chill was factored in.  The temperature appears to be climbing upwards; fingers crossed for you all that the deep freeze is over for this winter.  The joy and excitement of birthdays, retirements, anniversaries and the challenges of health issues - we have you in our hearts and thoughts.

The INTREPID II crew enjoyed a quiet Christmas here in San Carlos.  The Community Christmas Luncheon was a treat and we are pleased we attended this fund raiser in support of Castaway Kids; specifically funds are being used to sponsor young people in university.  It was a chance to meet cruisers new to us and share our sea stories. 

New Year's was intentionally low key, as it is at home.  Preparing our own chicken enchiladas, rice, beans and avocados and served with chilled white wine was an enjoyable way to see out 2017. 
Home made enchiladas!
There was music coming from every direction, but surprisingly did not last far into the night as expected.  New Year's Day - we welcomed it with a tasty slice of quiche from Ruth & Rudy's Bakery and mimosas made with fresh squeezed orange juice and vino blanco expumosao Champbrule Brut, from Baja California.  Salud!

Boat projects continue, but at a slower pace than intended.  The mainsail was hauled on deck, then returned below as we puzzled over missing sheets and lines.  Things are mostly ready, but the winds tend to blow up inconveniently.  So on to the removal of hoses in the head, to be replaced with those we purchased in Portland.  Except as all boaters know, there is extremely limited access in the such a small closet-sized space!  Kelly has had to twist and turn, saw and drill, wrench and pry.  Today he located his hacksaw and is attempting to intimidate yet another stubborn hose.

Back at our rental casita, Carol has been hand-washing a variety of canvas and checking for needed repairs; it's lovely to have the sun and breeze take care of drying the fabric, lines and sail-ties.  The planned curtain replacement project is underway - so far, measuring and cutting and soon the Pfaff machine will be in use.

Our casita has fantastic views and local flora and fauna- the camera is always close at hand.
Roadrunner resting on wall

Cactus in nearby field
Plans?  We are hoping to extend our stay at the rental apartment until INTREPID II is actually liveaboard-ready, which could be another two weeks.  If we can negotiate a pro-rated rent based on the monthly fee, the additional amount will be more reasonable than moving to a motel or finding a storeroom for all the 'boat stuff' we have stowed to keep it out of the way.  We have moorage at Marina San Carlos until the end of January.  We are still hopeful there will be cruising on the horizon!

A special thanks to our house-sitter, Lorraine, who has had to deal with unanticipated adventures.  Thanks also to Bjarne and Barb who have agreed to bring down a much needed package - we look forward to seeing you shortly.