Week (Year) in Review 5/1/14

This week not only brought us finally out of more than a week of rain here in Mexico, but I shared about how we celebrated both Danaka’s 17th birthday and New Years. I published a page about Danaka so you can get to know more about this special girl here. And told you about our first theft in Mexico (our first theft I think in all of our traveling since 2007 was summer 2013 in Colorado where 2 sets of brand-new flip flops were stolen from the women’s change room during the short 20 minutes we were swimming)

2013….It was a great year for our family, traveling, meeting fantastic people and having new learning experiences.  Like the start of every year I wonder where we’ll be at the end of 2014.  We don’t have a particular destination in mind, and neither do we have a time line.  We live Life on the Whim with ideas in mind of what we might do and where we might go, but we hold them loosely and want to be available to embrace that which presents itself to us in the moment.

Like a windshield compared to a rear view mirror, we look forward to what lies ahead with some (but far less) focus on where we’ve just come from.

Laars fly

Rear View Mirror

We brought the New Year in last year in Baja California Sur.  We were introduced to the beach and coral reef at Los Frailes in January and spent 3.5 months there.  This obviously made a mark in our lives.

Tim and Ann Smith have now become more than just camping neighbours.  We didn’t know when they pulled into Los Frailes how intertwined our lives would become, but February started that friendship.

The calving of the whales was a highlight for us, and in March we were able to view them from the beach.  What incredible creatures to watch, breaching their massive adult bodies followed by mimicking calves!

Our eldest daughter, Layne, was able to visit us for a week in April and we loved frolicking in the waves of the Sea of Cortez with her, delighted by her boisterous laughter.  We protected her white skin from intensive sunburn while she taught us the murderous game of ‘Mafia’.

Our time was up in Mexico so we drove the length of the Baja back to the USA the end of May.  I experienced my first panic-attack and recognized a decline in my health.

June was a very full month.  We settled in at Tim and Ann Smith’s acreage and the guys geared up for several building projects and Mitchell got a start on his boat building.  Danaka was able to go to a summer writing workshop in Kansas City so in the process of picking her up in Denver we did some touring of the state of Colorado including Colorado Springs, the Great Sand Dunes and then down to Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

One of the things we miss the most while traveling is the connecting with our adult daughters, our son-in-law and granddaughter.  The month of July+ we were treated to 6 weeks with Rauchelle and Marin.  Six weeks we’ll never forget, and weeks we were so thankful Seth allowed us to share with the girls.

In August we started to work with Dyanna who helped us better understand ourselves and our health.    She brought some clarity to some of our experiences and we made changes to our diets and supplementation that brought quick and effective improvements to the health of Danaka, Laars, Toveli and myself.  Fantastic dynamite in that Dyanna!

September for most is the start of the new school year.  Everette and Mitchell were away so we hung out at the library. We busied ourselves with “school” work while we had free internet to send things to our ‘teacher’ that she can use for writing report cards throughout the year, focusing on Science and Socials.

It turns cold early in October in Colorado at 6,200 ft particularly when you are camping.  The guys finished up on the building projects for Smith’s, Mitchell’s boat was complete, and conversions done to the van.  We sold the rooftop tents and then hit the road for still-cold Arizona in our ground tents.

We had a hoot in south eastern Arizona where we were able to do some of the touristy stuff.  Like Tombstone, Queen Copper Mines, Kartchner Caves, Biosphere 2.  We loved our time there but our stay in USA was up so we had to leave.  Everette was working in BC, so the children and I crossed over to Mexico the middle of November and Girlfriend had her maiden voyage.

December brought Everette back to us and we started driving the coast of mainland Mexico.  We closed the year up on the coast at Barre de Navidad just north of Manzanillo.

From here we aren’t even sure of our direction next but we are together, enjoying life and our experiences.  We anticipate a wonderful adventure in 2014 and hope the same for you.

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