Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Keith accepted the General Manager position at the Grangeville Golf & Country Club, so it looks like we will be weathering the summer in rural Idaho. There are pros and cons, but the pros outweigh the cons right now. The top pros are that we will be able to save up more money to make a better faring in Portland and Keith will get excellent job experience.
I'm trying to get a part-time job as a Mental Health Worker in the area. If that doesn't pan out, or even if it does, I will be spending a lot of time at the town library and taking Lazlo for walks several times a day. Also, taking photos, right. So I really don't have anything to complain about. Except I was ready to move to Portland. But this is just a small delay.
Yesterday afternoon we had to drive to Lewiston to buy Keith suitable clothes and I was able to stock up on a bunch of vegetarian/vegan foods. Might be making that trip every few weeks. Or to Missoula, I guess.
Saturday, March 25, 2006
So we're resting up the rest of the weekend with my parents and headed to Ptown Monday morning. Exciting!!
Wednesday, March 22, 2006
Thursday, March 16, 2006
But we had a blast. Visited the Le Brea Tar Pits, Hollywood, downtown, even got to meet two people from Buzznet (the aforementioned Tanky and Anti). They were super generous and gracious and definitely enhanced our LA experience.
Now we're headed north, up the coast. We think we might stop for a day in San Francisco, to see Chinatown if nothing else. Maybe a quick stop in Oakland to see another Buzznetter and then on up to Oregon.
Wireless on the laptop is back, so expect more posts more often. And more photos. Check Buzznet for now, peeps.
Monday, March 13, 2006
So on Thursday morning we got up, decided it was best to leave before we weren't having fun anymore, and we hit the road. Drove all days, stopped at nights. Made it across the border Sunday night with no problems or delays. Even though we failed to get an import sticker for our car when we cross into Mexico and we fretted the whole trip that it would sneak up on us and bite us in the ass just when we least expected it. It did not. We were relieved.
So we got what we needed from Mexico and said Adios. It was great and all but it was time to move on. "It's not you, it's me." We ran for the border so fast we didn't even get all the souvenirs we wanted.
We are headed to Joshua Tree N.P. in the morning and on to L.A.! First time for Keith and I both. We are nervous but excited. Who knows what we will see or do...it's up in the air.
Then on up to the Oregon coast to see family. Updates soon. I will force Keith to make the next post. He has some things he wants to get off his chest.
Tuesday, March 7, 2006
We hiked up a small hill this morning to watch the sunrise, but it was a little cloudy. There is some kind of cotton tree here that is in bloom, not what I expected to see in Mexico.
It's best to get up early and do the walking or exploring or cleaning (which we did Sabado/Saturday) before the heat hits. So we go to bed when the bats come out and and get up when the sun comes up. It's not a bad routine, really. At about 11am, the breeze kicks up off the ocean (The Fan, Keith calls it) and it's quite pleasant until sunset.
Earlier in the week we saw some black turtle hatchlings on the beach, but no camera. Dang. Hopefully we will see more and this time I will be ready! We are both too scared to go snorkeling yet. Silly thing to be afraid of. Unless you've seen what's in there! I prefer to think of it as a large salty swimming pool, not a habited ocean, okay. But we've heard from several people that there is a coral reef not to be missed. So we may have to suck it up and get snorkeling.
The owner of our palapa came by today so we were forced (ha) to pay $6/day for the next week and we will decide if we want to stay longer when he comes on Sunday. He was a very nice gentleman and even wrote down his name and phone number for us. The price is well worth it; we've taken over the place like it's our own: hung up a tarp for a privacy curtain, hung the shower, fixed the bathroom situation, added wooden crate cabinets to the kitchen and shower area, wrangled a table from a nearby palapa, bought a rake and broom, hung our Tibetan peace flags and plans for a zen garden are in the works. Real homey like.
We also saw many many hermit crabs on our walk down the beach the other morning, on their way to work or some such place. Who knows with those crabs.
I finally figured out that I'm being redundant posting the same photos here AND on Buzznet, so from now on I will post different ones here. And I think next time I will send Keith down to make an entry. He usually forfeits the job to me, but he's past due. He has stories, too.
Friday, March 3, 2006
We´re in San Patricio-Melaque for supplies & internet update. Renting a palapa (palm-thatched shelter) on the ocean, found out it´s free. Sold!
We are great minus bouts of homesickness and the Sick I had Wednesday. I wanted my mommy, but Pepto Bismol was a good substitute. Keith says sometimes he wants to close the door and go inside and have a cup of coffee with Gary. We are enjoying our current spot, though, and plan to stay until we aren´t enjoying it anymore.
More next weekend, when we return to Melaque for supplies.