Do you want to help H keep traveling?!?

26 Mar

Hello all!

It’s been a while, and maybe i should feel guilty about that. But during that time away i was deathly ill at times, exploring Ecuador and Peru as a solo traveler, and coming to terms with some serious personality quirks. So it probably wasn’t going to be interesting posting anyways.

But this isn’t a return to posting. You see, I have left Latin America and traded in my intense traveler 1.75 year chip for a place back at home in the states. Instead I am writing to ask you all a favor.

You see, H is still living down there, suffering interesting life twists that go beyond inconsistent electricity and the regular life-in-Latin-America drama. She has bott flies exploding out of her shoulder, people. She has been attacked by beetles from the outside of her mosquito net, which caused her hand to swell to three times its natural size. She is loosing blackened toenails. She has strange stomach issues at random times…

Why in the world would someone put up with that nonsense? I find myself asking. But she’s got this awesome thing going, and they are trying to raise some more funding to make this ridiculous existence she is suffering worth it. So while I may be too selfish to understand the level of self-punishment she is reveling in down there, I can see that if it is all to see an outcome other than some crazy nasty scars I should try to help out a bit.

Here’s the link to Forest for A Living funding page. They are going to some seriously rural communities in the jungle of Ecuador, giving them the opportunity to create a sustainable living for themselves, brokering a deal with organic chocolate business in Europe, and then in payment asking for the rights to the primary rainforest to be held in a trust. Good stuff, no?

This is some seriously tough work, my people. So if you can give anything (it is tax season after all!) or help spread the word I’m sure she would appreciate it. Let’s give her something more than those nasty exploding pustules of baby flies to look forward to in the next few months!!!

Thanks, y’all. Big hugs (and from me, many of you know that’s quite a thank you. I would actually hug you if you help us out here, really!)!

R

All together again, and a year older

17 Sep

Hello all!

It’s Tuesday! And it’s been a while… But for all of you who still get our notifications, I thought I would let you know that four of us: myself, H, G, and F were all together again in August.

There was still Spanish being spoken, and there was a lot of adventure, but we were all gathered in southern California to watch as F got older, which he did quite well.

We had only the weekend to enjoy each other’s company (unlike the week or more we had become used to while visiting in the more southern Latin America), so we spent more time picking on each other and causing trouble to make up for our lack of time. G was the ringleader, as the oldest is supposed to be, and we giggled and enjoyed each other all the more for it!

G never wasted a moment to envelop me in some sort of show of affection, such as the reenactment of a glow worm (or bug) hug, you remember, from the 80’s?

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All the while Colby, my precious puppy would bark his head off. He has always been good about barking at anyone who tries to cuddle with me, almost like he knows how uncomfortable it makes me! But he’s getting older now, so mostly he just loves his nap time:

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So we also spent our time hanging with my puppy,

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Did you notice H’s much shorter, dred-less hair?!?

unless G was motivated enough to get us out of the house and onto our adventures. All of the good pictures of these outings were captured by G (and stolen by me to place here) because she is the only responsible one of us who documents the awesomeness in our lives.

So we went out to the horse races!

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It was wonderfully enjoyable, there is something very beautiful about watching horses run together at top speeds. And the small bets we placed without really knowing how it’s done was pretty exciting, too (except G kept picking horses who hurt themselves, and then feeling horrible about her jinxing them… you picked some winners too Gis!).

Then the adventure got picked up a notch and we all went to enjoy some jetpack adventure sports. You know, the kind where you strap a modified skidoo to your back and use the water propulsion to push you up and forward?dad jetpack

Ya, none of us knew about it either until G signed us up for the adventure! F was a natural (that’s right, play it safe F was a natural at jetpacks!) and not only got the highest out of the water than any of us, but also the most time to consider boarding one of the yachts we were flying beside! He didn’t, of course, but from these two pictures you can tell how easy it would have been.
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It was really, really good times. Stressful, hard work for your arms to control that water pressure, and a little scary, but very fun!

We went out to dinner as an entire family, and thanks to a request from M, we had F’s favorite ice cream cake (pistachio almond Baskin & Robbins turtle pie) with our best rendition of an elephant on top.

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Not very good, I’ll admit. But we had to gift the elephant as a belated 30 year thank you to F, who had given M an elephant cake on her birthday shortly after I was born… because sometimes, you need a random elephant drawing on your birthday I guess.

And then we went our separate ways. G is back home in Hawai’i, I’m traveling south again (through Peru!), H is visiting her people and relaxing for a minute in California, and F is back at work (not that he really took a break, but I’m not sure he even knows how to do that). I will be arriving in Cuzco in the beginning of October, and I have decided to blog weekly on my personal location until I can convince H to come back down south to join me…

Much love our people and hope you meet you all again (soon?)!

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