Woke up: La Paz, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Went to sleep: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
I left the comfort of my warm bed and began my voyage to the US of A aboard a 5 person dinghy this morning. The sun was barely lighting up the day but the wind had already begun to howl. The water was choppy so Peter suggested I wear something I wouldn’t mind getting wet.
We loaded my bags. I’ll be gone for a month but I don’t have much to take. Not much warm weather gear on board. One pair of jeans that may or may not still fit me and a pair of swet pants. The only coat I have is the coat that goes with my foul weather gear. I left the bibs behind.
Soon I was in a taxi to the bus station. Fifty pesos ($4), por pavor. He drove fast when I mentioned I was running late.
The bus ride from La Paz to Cabo was nice. I don’t get to see much of the interior of the country from Penelope’s perspective. I’m increasingly suprised at how mountainous and green Mexico is. Somehow I thought it was only sand dunes and sage brush.
The La Paz airport is still under construction after the hurricane but totally functional. I tried to take a picture of the mountains beyond the runway and almost got myself thrown into the brig.
Just before my flight, I bellied up to the bar for a cold Cervasa. I pulled out my text book, Spanish for Gringos. Soon I had all the young, male bartenders helping me with my pronunciation. I learned a lot and determined that sitting in a bar is probably as good a way as any to learn to speak the language.
I had a three hour lay over in Salt Lake City. My 7th grade friend, Peggy Howell, met me at the airport for a cup of “coffee”.
Back at the gate, they announced they needed someone to relinquish their seat. Next thing I knew I ended my travel day in a shuttle to the Double Tree with a new toothbrush and $500.
This will be my last post until I return to Mexico. I’m sure you all know the story of Christmas and family and too many Christmas cookies. Be sure to sign up for my blog, if you haven’t, so you’ll automatically get an e-mail January 19th when I get back to business. Happy Holiday!