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.

May 14, 2012

We are homeward bound!

Heading home after five months in the Sea of Cortez
All the fun and games of our 3rd cruising season haul out will have to be posted once we get back home.

INTREPID II was ready for our Thursday, May 10th haul out on time.  We finished up in the San Carlos works yard by Saturday morning, then had her moved to the dry storage yard (marina seca) for the hot, dusty Sonoran summer and fall.  The rest of Saturday was spent getting our store room sorted out; then stuffing and organizing all the things that needed to come back in the car with us.  We took time to have a bbq potluck with 5 other cruisers who were staying at the Adlai Departementos with us.  Our bbq consisted of whatever we couldn't take back with us!  A fun time.

Intrepid being loaded onto low bed truck at marina

Ready to head down the road to marina seca

In the works yard...Kelly found a ladder
Remarkably, we left San Carlos at 07:30 am, heading northward on Highway 15 through Hermosilla, to Santa Ana, then northwest through Caborca to Sonoyta/Lukeville, where we crossed into the U.S. after 5 months.  The surroundings are desert and the air hot and dry.  We over-nighted in the town of Goodyear, west of Phoenix.  This morning provided an 'interesting' drive into the red rock country of Sedona.  It's worth seeing, we spent time in the area and enjoyed a satisfying lunch.  Finding reasonable priced accommodations is a challenge; not much of our cruising budget remains.  Onward we traveled through red rocks and green pines of the Oak Creek valley towards Flagstaff.  The air was fresher, clearer and cooler as we reached 6,000 feet; such a change after being at sea level.

We turned west on I-40 towards Williams, which is 60 miles south of the Grand Canyon and whose main street is part the historic "Route 66".  Much more funky and fun than Sedona.  We found a comfortable motel, strolled down the streets, posed under the Route 66 signs and had an excellent dinner.  Now we are planning for the next few days:  the Grand Canyon tomorrow (a first time visit for Carol) and onward to south-west Utah; hopefully to explore Zion National Park.  Once there we we will plan the next travel legs.

Hope all is well with everyone.  We look forward to catching up with you on our return.

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