Our time (this time) in San Diego has wound down. We are all thinking forward, and at the same time reminiscing. We’ve had a blast in San Diego. For the last two and a half months we’ve stayed in San Carlos with Steve and Jayna.
We have shared their home with them and can truly say we couldn’t have met a more wonderful couple. They are just the sort of people that you want your children to be influenced by. And influence, they have. Not just the children.
Things we are saying goodbye to for the time being: hang gliding, snorkeling, ocean kayaking, boogie boarding, mountain hiking, Parkour and ping pong at the rec center. By the way, Steve and Jayna showed up at the Rec Center when we were up there. Steve proceeded to beat each of us at ping pong. I think he was still sore that Luke beat him at chess (every time). 🙂
We are already looking forward to our return trip.
But, we are also looking forward to more traveling, and seeing, and experiencing. We plan on stopping at a few friends and relatives along the way. We will ‘stop in’ at the Grand Canyon. We will hike Mt. Elbert. Our journey east will not be in stone. It will allow for roads less traveled.
We will be stopping in West Tucson to offer well-wishes to Eric as he continues to train for the Road 2 RAGBRAI. It is such a privilege for our paths to have crossed his and his family’s. He is knocking it out of the park right now and I encourage you to check out his progress on losing weight and battling resistance.
I have been skydiving, bungee jumping, ultralighting, etc. Now, I have flown and soared as if a bird. Not just me, though. My 15 year old daughter Dakota has experienced flight also. We have had the good fortune to be instructed by John Heiney. (youtube video to come)
We began by running down the training hill over 100 times with a hang glider. That is nothing to sneeze at. The hang gliders weigh between 70-100 pounds each. There is much more to the story but that will be covered in another post dedicated to hang gliding. For now, we will share a few images and allow that to whet your appetite (as it did ours).
Luke is a magnet for knives. Steve spent a while with Luke sharpening a few of them. The night before we left, Luke’s eyes were big with amazement as Steve gave him a Smith and Wesson knife. Just before giving it to Luke, Steve demonstrated the sharpness of it by slicing paper.
Then, a couple of days later we stopped in at Jackson RV Park in Ocotillo (we had stayed there on our bicycle journey). Mr. Jackson pulled out a Swiss Army Knife and put it in Luke’s hand just before we left. Again, wide eyes. We will soon need a trailer to haul all of the knives in.
Mr. Jackson was also kind enough to allow us to collect some petrified wood off of his land. He actually showed us the mother lode. Don’t be surprised to find one in your mailbox from the Four the Road Family!
We will be posting pictures even if there aren’t so many words.
We had an awesome visit with Eric and the awesome tribe he calls family. We ate a wonderful meal and then were beaten by Yvonne in a game of Texas Hold’em. Good thing we weren’t playing for real money! After spending the night with Eric and family, we stopped in at the Saguaro National Park and had a wonderful time conversing with M.G. and the rest of the staff. What an awesome place to visit.
We headed out to Phoenix where we decided to try a stay at a Coushsurfer’s home. We were fortunate to stay with Warm Shower hosts as we bicycled across the Country. Some of the hosts we stayed with were also part of another organization known as Couchsurfing.org (Barbara Walker shared the site with us…thanks Barbara!).
From Couchsurfing.org –
We envision a world made better by travel and travel made richer by connection. Couchsurfers share their lives with the people they encounter, fostering cultural exchange and mutual respect.
Couchsurfing is a global community of 6 million people in more than 100,000 cities who share their life, their world, their journey. Couchsurfing connects travelers with a global network of people willing to share in profound and meaningful ways, making travel a truly social experience.
We stayed at our first original couch host (while in a car) in Glendale, AZ. We stayed with Damian and his roommate Jacek. These guys were phenomenal in every sense. They are both from Poland but have been living in the States for more than 20 years. One of the great impacts of surfing on other people’s couches is learning. Damian has been a vegan for the past 12 years. He was happy to answer any questions we asked. We actually stayed at Damian’s place for four days. We enjoyed an exhilarating hike up Squaw Peak as well as collecting rocks from a dry riverbed. We swam in the community pool each day we were there also.
We left Damian’s (we did not get a picture with Damian 🙁 a sad oversite) and headed up to Flagstaff to stay at another Couchsurfing host. We took a very scenic detour through Sedona first. Captivating. It is on the way to the Grand Canyon from Phoenix and well worth the trip.
Our next update will include the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam.
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