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|