BEFORE the Journey South Began 2012:
Were you looking forward to going or not? Why or why not?
I was looking forward to going since it was a new place we were going to and the drive would be different than any other drive. I was looking forward to getting the tents, a new experience of travel rather than going from hotel to hotel like the first time across Canada.
Having a house and a garage where I could work was comfortable, and I wasn’t looking forward to losing that, nor of getting rid of a lot of stuff.
What did you fear the most before starting?
I guess I feared the new language the most.
What were you most excited about?
Being in Mexico with the sun and the prospect of going down to South America.
ON the Journey:
What do you miss the most since travelling?
A bathtub and the garage (my workshop).
What has been your favourite memory since the family began travelling?
Learning to surf!!
What types of things have you learned since hitting the road?
Fishing, techniques of doing things like setting up camp, setting mouse traps, fixing the hole in the tire, surfing, sailing, snorkelling, taking underwater photographs, cooking on the camp stove, gutting/cleaning fish, how to clean a rattlesnake, the geography of the Baja, how to use a GPS, setting up solar for charging batteries.
Have your fears materialized yet?
Not really. I am getting used to the language and find it fun listening to them and try to figure out what they are saying or what they mean.
Are you glad your family is doing this slow long-term travel? Why or why not?
Yep! I think it’s a wonderful experience (although it feels absolutely normal to me). It’s a different culture and language and what comes with that. I enjoy the learning that comes with that.
**Mitchell answered questions April 2013
Update: He has built his first life-sized dory. You can find out more about it at Boat Building ‘Girlfriend’.