Sunday, September 26, 2010

A Sailors Life for Me

As we move back into our Loreto life, after almost two months of summer travel throughout the U.S. seeing friends and family members, and as we spend weekends on the boat preparing for our upcoming journey down the mainland of MX, I find myself strangely comfortable with the small quarters of the boat, limited availability of fresh water, and bathing accommodations.  I guess familiarity, in my case and unlike Mark Twain's, doesn't breed contempt but rather contentedness.  It all seems so peaceful and lovely out here.  The scenery seems even more stunningly beautiful than I recall when we left in late July, cooking doesn't seem as cumbersome, and the new curtains and fabric on the cushions make the boat seem more homey.  As a family we are all "in-step" with each other and comfortable with the boat life.  It's all "working" without any major adjustments or transition time. Sweet!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Land cruising

After leaving the boat in Puerto Escondido (down the road from our home in Loreto) we did some "land cruising".  We drove from Loreto to California, spent a week with friends and Doug's family, and then ventured east toward Rhode Island where Ann's family lives.  Along the way we stayed with friends at almost every stop.  It was such fun to see everyone!  We visited friends and family members in suburbs, farm lands, and cities.  Each time we drove off from a visit we realized how grateful we are for our families and the many friends we have and how our friendships serve to uplift and inspire us in numerous ways.

It would be impossible to note all the activities we partook in during our hiatus from the boat but here are a few photos of what the kids did during our time in the U.S.

The Abraham Lincoln Museum in Illinois was a favorite stop...

Henry Wyatt and Chandler at Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts dressed up and learning what it was like to be a kid in the late 1700's 
A tea party with Nana in RI

Golfing with cousin Will (and having Uncle John give golf lessons) in RI.
A visit to Boston
A visit with Brittany in St. Louis

A ride on the Staten Island Ferry past Lady Liberty in NYC

Watching peacocks roam freely and collecting blue eggs at a ranch in Santa Fe....

A visit with Sydney and Kimberly in Coronado