JULY 6, 1998 More Airfare confusion...

        Boy, it looks like things just change all the time in the planning process. I received another quote for airfare from LA all the way to Kuala Lumpur from yet another travel agency. Seems like we get a different offer every time we talk to someone. Typical? Probably, but I consider it strange due to the fact that they are all quoting the same airlines.
    For example everyone has placed us on Air New Zealand from LA to Fiji to NZ, but no one has told us before that we could have a FREE stopover in either Honolulu ot Tahiti!! Or that we could fly into one of three cities in Australia and out of one of four. Looks like we are going to have to go to Australia as there are no cheap flights from NZ to Bali.

JULY 7, 1998   Mexico...

    Well, I'm sitting here in our friend Randy's house here on the beach south of San Felipe in Baja CA, Mexico.

View of the House from the beach
    This is sort of a test run. I won't be able to update from the road yet as we do not have our connectors and no phone service here. But, I will be able to use the computer and later charge it with the 12 volt adapter I bought. I can upload everything when we get home.
    One thing I'm noticing about this Libretto is that the battery does not seem to last as long as promised.  Only about one hour instead of two.
    Today has been a long, hot one. We left LA at 5:30 AM and arrived here at the house at 1:00 PM. It's very hot here. As of 11:20 PM it's probably still over 80 degrees outside. The water was wonderful today. Just the way I like it (which is too hot for most people), walk right in without wincing.
    I tried to take some pictures with the digital camera today, but was having problems due to the extreme brightness outside. I'll have to work on that.
    Good news with the camera however. My mother and I were able to successfully load the software onto her computer, transfer it to the libretto and then download the pictures onto the computer!!! Very cool. I will be adding them into the web site soon.
    Our days here are all about relaxation so don't expect much tourist info about mexico here, sorry. I did however read my first of many books here today. Michael Crichton's Airframe, not bad, entertaining. Five books in five days is my usual motto here. Just put me in the beach chair with something to read, a cold drink, and a bag of chips and I'm happy. David and Randy, on the other hand, are usually off somewhere riding the jet skis or quad motorbikes.
    I'm not sure I've fully adjusted yet to being a full time unemployed traveler. I think my mind just thinks I'm on vacation and will be going back soon. Hopefully, the dreams about work will stop soon. I had my last day, last friday, and cried as I walked out the back door. No matter how excited I am about this trip, it doesn't change that I put the last seven years of my life into that company, and the last four and a half into running that restaurant. I felt like I was abandoning my child. I will miss it.
    NOT! Ok, maybe a little, but I am anxious about my new life just starting.

JULY 8, 1998 Just Another Day....

    Here's another typical day  in San Felipe"

7:00 AM wake up because it's too damn hot to sleep
7:30 AM eat breakfast
7:45 AM slather body head to toe with sunscreen in a futile attempt at preventing being burned to crisp.
8:00 AM adjust lounge chair toward beach and sun. Start magazine #2
9:00 AM adjust lounge chair into 1/2 shade to shield oneself from scorching.
10:00 AM David and Randy come in ready for Lunch #1. Finish magazine. Have a sandwich and read to them from funny article on Vietnam. Discuss merits of avoiding eating dog.
10:15 High tide coming in. Go down to water's edge and try to get close enough to pelicans to photograph them with digital camera. Give up and watch them preen and fish for their lunch.
10:30 AM sweating profusely, go into the Sea of Cortez hoping to cool off. Little luck, given that the temperature is close to that of steaming bathtub in winter back home. Take cold shower and settle in shade with book #2, Anne Rivers Siddons, Up River.
11:00 AM Randy and David take jet ski out and go skirfing
12:00 PM ready for lunch #2, quesadillas.
2:00 PM discover one of the greater things in life, napping in the shade, outside in the breeze. This discovery was made 100% better with the addition of the sleeping bag as padding on the lounge chair. A bed made for one.
4:00 PM awake from nap thirsty, have beer and snack of stuffed olives.
6:30 PM David and Randy go out for a pre sunset ride on the quads.
7:30 PM we go for a sunset walk along the beach remarking on the full moon, purple clouds and the changes to the houses along the beach. A neighbor's dog follows us all the way home.
8:00 PM Barbecue chicken, eat dinner outside, watching the stars come out.
8:30 PM watch beautiful show of lightening off in the distance over the water.
9:00 PM guys fall asleep early outside on chaise lounges. I read until 12:30 AM and finish book #2. I decide to sleep outside too, in order to catch whatever breeze is there.

Dave on the Wave

    Some people have asked me why would I ever want to take a computer along in my travels. They have even gone so far as to insinuate that I couldn't possibly be enjoying myself if I'm "tied" to the computer.
    Let's get some things straight here, ok?
1. This is MY life.
2. If you don't like what I'm doing, turn off  your computer and get out there in the real world for yourself.
3. What's the difference between writing in a journal on paper and on the computer?
4. If I can't find internet access easily, I will wait until I can. No big deal.

Do I sound defensive. You bet I am. This is my life and I don't need any holier than thou "travelers" passing judgment on it. Get your own life.

June 9, 1998 No Problema

    We go into town to buy ice blocks, resin to repair the jet ski, and so that I can call home. But first we have to get there...
    Let me explain the road between the house and San Felipe. All the way from the border at Mexicali to a few miles south of San Felipe is fine, paved, two lane blacktop. No problema, about a 2 1/2 hour drive. Except at peak seasons there is very little trafic and it's a smooth ride. South of town  is another story. Somewhere the road jurisdiction changes and the pot holes begin. Small at first, getting progressively larger, until there is more paving missing than there is dirt. Most people swerve from side to side, driving on the shoulder to avoid having their car swallowed whole. It's slow going at best.
    So, we get into town around 10:00 AM and I think to myself, "no problema, I've done this before, all I need is a pay phone and my calling card."  WRONG!! There are more pay phones than before, but none of them will let me dial the international access number listed on the calling card. But, we did find the only coffee shop making iced mochas. Hey, I had to buy one in order to get some change in pesos. Well, even that didn't work. All I got was a recording saying that the number was no longer in service. I finally gave up and went to the pharmacy where if you pay them you can make a phone call to the states. We asked if I could use my card there and at first they said no. But then the woman who runs the place said, no problema, just pick up that phone over there and you will be connected to an international operator. I didn't ask questions, I just did as I was told. Sure enough, there was a woman on the other end, speaking English, asking me how I wanted to pay. Spoke to my  mom, and was disconnected at the end of the conversation without saying good-bye. Hmmmm....
    We found the local boating supply store and asked to buy some resin to repair the jet ski. No problema, they said, and the guy disappeared into to the back for about five minutes. We expected him to return with bottles of what we needed and he did. Coke bottles. A 2 liter partially filled with the resin and a smaller on with about a teaspoon of the hardening compound. Whatever works. We paid and we left.

    This morning when we awoke we found the "storeroom" of a resident black widow spider; a stink beetle, completely entwined and suspended from a single thread in the front doorway waiting to be her lunch sometime later.

Beetlejuice for dinner?
July 10, 1998 There's a Full Moon on the Rise...

    It works! I downloaded the pictures here in Mexico and BANG! Here they are on the page. Loving it!
     We got company today. Two other couples arrived this morning at 6 AM. Luckily, we were sleeping outside again and heard them coming. They got their truck stuck in the mud. Easily remedied. Everyone had fun playing in the water and on the jet ski today.
    Full moon tonight. It was an amazing orange that rose over the water in the pitch dark. We all sat in awe.

Full Moon on the Rise...

July 13,  1998  Home at Last

    Came home yesterday and it was a relief to escape 105 degrees in the shade. There's a reason why none of the other people who have houses were there, it's too damn hot!
    So, now we're home and have lots to do in the next week. Hope I can figure out how to get this posted from the Libretto....
    Some problems with the Libretto and much time on the phone with customer support. First they told me I didn't have enough memory to run the programs we have on the computer. So I bought 16 MB more RAM and installed it myself. The problems kept happening. More time with customer support and we figured out that I didn't have a new enough video driver to access newer, more complicated web sites. Downloaded the new driver off the Toshiba web site and problem solved.


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