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Caldonia


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One of our big challenges could've been figuring out what to do with Caldonia, our kitty. At first I figured that mom would take care of her, but mom's gonna be traveling in China during our trip, so that won't work. Then I thought that maybe Michelle, who loves cats and has checked in on Caldonia in the past when we were out of town, could take our kitty while we're gone. But there's already a cat in Michelle's flat, so that won't work.

In the end, Grandma and Uncle Jesse are going to take care of Caldonia for us. Grandma has had cats before (ask me about Huckleberry the horse-cat) and I know she'll love Caldonia. Grandma's old cat was very territorial and would scratch her almost every day. All Caldonia wants is some lovin'. I think they'll get along swimmingly. A big thanks go out to Grandma and especially to Jesse, who's going to have to do all the real work of caring for a cat!

We'll be heading down to Los Angeles in two weeks to take Caldonia to Grandma's place and to help her get situated there.

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Posted by jtlande 23:08 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (0)

Book 'Em, Dano

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We've finally got our Galapagos trip booked! We were on the fence about even going to the Galapagos, since it's SO expensive, but Joanna realized that it was one of the two things in South America she really wants to do (the other is see Machu Picchu), so we went ahead and booked it. We'll be spending 8 days on "a large Trans-oceanic Alumarine 72 ft. multihull yacht" (that's a catamaran to us laymen).

Here's a picture of the yacht, called the Nemo II, and a map of our itinerary:

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And here's our itinerary in words:

  • Sunday: Arrival to the airport in Baltra Island - visit to Bachas Beach.

  • Monday: Visit to Bartholomew Island and Sombrero Chino in the afternoon.

  • Tuesday: In the morning visit to Breeding center in Isabela Island - in the afternoon visit to Tintoreras Lagoon.

  • Wednesday: Arrival to Floreana Island, in the morning visit to Post Office Bay and in the afternoon visit to Punta Cormorant.

  • Thursday: Arrival to Espanola Island, in the morning visit to Gardner Bay and in the afternoon visit to Punta Suarez.

  • Friday: In the morning visit to Santa Fe Island and in the afternoon visit to Charles Darwin Station in Puerto Ayora (Santa Cruz Island).

  • Saturday: In the morning visit to South Plazas Island and in the afternoon visit to North Seymour Island.

  • Sunday: In the morning visit to Caleta Tortuga and transfer to the airport in Baltra.

Posted by jtlande 16:30 Archived in Ecuador Tagged boating Comments (0)

Serendipity

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While the idea of renting out our place while we're gone was really attractive (any money coming in is good now that we don't have jobs!), in the end we didn't want to deal with the hassle of screening people and figuring out all the logistics.

Well, one day a couple of weeks ago I was talking to my friend Naomi, trying to make plans to meet up for coffee. I got a message from her saying "I really want to meet up, but this week doesn't look good. I have to move out of my place next week, and I still have to find a new place to live, and..."

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Hmmmmmm...

Long story short, Naomi's gonna rent our place while we're in South America! It worked out perfectly for both of us - it gives us the peace of mind that someone we know and trust will be looking after the place and it'll bring in a bit of extra money for Joanna and me. For Naomi, it eases the stress of finding a place right away, and lets her focus on other things in her life that are going on right now.

¬°Perfecto!

Posted by jtlande 08:45 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (1)

...gettin' close...

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It's hard to believe that we're leaving in less than 36 hours!

Today, amidst our packing and my daily visit to REI, we took a little time out to meet up with some of our friends in Dolores Park to catch up and enjoy the sun. And the occasional cold breeze. Anyways, it was a nice reprieve from working through our to-do lists, and it was great to see so many friends together before we leave!

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Posted by jtlande 16:56 Archived in USA Tagged preparation Comments (1)

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