Home and away

Juan and I spent two-and-a-half weeks in California. Being back home was incredible. We were hosted in five different beds (six for Juan, since he was also in SoCal). We rode planes, traines, and automobiles…and scooters!

...and scooters...

Juan on his other favorite mode of transport

In addition to just spending downtime and eating great meals with people we love, we were in town to celebrate birthdays, to welcome a new baby into the world, to see a new home, and to attend a beautiful wedding.

Hospital gift shop

It’s a boy!

Tuesday is the new Saturday

A beautiful, lazy Tuesday

#mathewandneal

The morning after my friends’ wedding

Me and mom in the ship room #filoli

My parents even moved to California while I’ve been gone

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May all my little brothers’ wishes come true

The whole thing was pretty spectacular, and by the end, I was so saturated with sights and emotions that I could hardly speak. I wasn’t expecting to be bored at home, but I certainly didn’t expect to feel overwhelmed. I mean, after ten months on the road, you begin to feel like nothing can really faze you. But just go home for a week and watch two people totally in love read their vows to each other in front of all their families and friends. Walk into a hospital room where your childhood friend is resting with her fifteen-hour-old new baby. It’s a whole different sort of amazement than what we’ve been experiencing every day. I miss that a lot.

Planes, trains, and automobiles...

wasn’t kidding about the trains

I was a little worried that returning to vanlife would be jarring and really difficult after being treated like visiting royalty for two weeks, but we fell right back into it after our red-eye back into Panama City. We spent the day sitting in horrible traffic reclaiming the dog, then the van, and trying to figure out some paperwork for next week’s Darien crossing. Then today, we had to exercise our greatest skills of cooperation as we struggled through van problems all day long in the terrible Panama City traffic. Somehow, we still managed to get done what we needed to get done. Having Milo with us always helps. Being away from him the past two weeks has made us realize just how he makes every place feel like home, whether we’re sweating in the van at night, settling into a dark hotel room, or trying to diagnose van issues on the side of a busy street, as long as we are together, we know everything is going to be okay.

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Someone knows how to make himself comfortable



2 comments for “Home and away

  1. Scott Singer
    August 9, 2013 at 7:15 am

    Milo was okay at the kennel? I’ll bet he missed you guys very much.

  2. Olive Oh
    August 10, 2013 at 8:55 am

    We all miss u alot too, but it was wonderful being able to spend time together. Till we meet again! SALUT!

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