Land Cruising

We recently made a somewhat unplanned trip to Southern IL for the passing of my grandmother, Daphne Morgan. She was 94, lived a long and exemplary life and is someone I always strive to be like in her love for people.  So good to see family I hadn’t seen for a while and let Marietta and Jack Jack play with all the cousins.

Grandma Morgan and Jack Jack, Christmas 2013

Grandma Morgan and Jack Jack, Christmas 2013

We bought one-way tickets to Illinois as we didn’t know how long we would need to stay.  This was our first time as a 4-ticket family, no more kid on the lap for us.

Long day of travel and airports

Long day of travel and airports

In shopping for plane tickets back to Mexico and finding them very expensive, I started thinking about driving our car back. I did a few quick calculations of gas cost for the trip and then thought about the tent we had planned to buy for our National Parks camping trip next summer. Why not buy the tent now and camp on our way back to Mexico? Jack thought it was a great idea and we found the tent we’d been dreaming of at REI. After a dry run in my parents backyard with the cousins, we deemed ourselves ready to teach the kids our well-honed camping skills.

Night of camping with cousins

Night of camping with cousins in Grandma and Grandpa Tates backyard

They loved it!  So, we are all set up for a winter of sailing in the Sea of Cortez then a summer of camping next summer.

They learned a new word, "shuck" and for some reason found it funny.  They ran around saying "shuck" the rest of the evening.

They learned a new word, “shuck” and for some reason found it funny.  It became the word of the evening.

In case you have heard of Hurricane Odile that is bearing down on Cabo San Lucas, we are fine.  Below is the projected path.  We are located in Ensenada which lies just outside where the biggest circle meets the western coast of Baja California.

Hurricane Odile predicted track

Hurricane Odile predicted track

Below are some misc pics of the cousins we met up with on our trip to IL.

Back row: Noah Tate, Grandpa and Grandma Tate, Tia Megan-the-coolest, Front row:  Marietta and Nicole

Back row: Cousin Noah Tate, Grandpa and Grandma Tate, Tia Megan-the-coolest, Front row: Marietta and Nicole

Can't believe Hungry Hippos is still a popular kids game.  Love it!

Can’t believe Hungry Hippos is still a popular kids game. Love it!  With cousins Ella and Jack Tate

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Cousin Griffin Tate taking Jack Jack for a spin in his new Jeep

Bedtime story read by Grandma Tate with cousins Ashley and Claire Morgan.

Bedtime story read by Grandma Tate with cousins Ashley and Claire Binder.

Good times with the cool cousins in Phoenix, Carson & Jackson Chapman.

Good times with the cool cousins in Phoenix, Carson & Jackson Chapman.

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About Oh, the Places We've Been!

In 2008 I married Jack, the love of my life and the only man that could ever keep up with me. Instead of the nice little French Colonial with a white picket fence, we opted to make our home on the 46-foot catamaran "Let it Be". Since living on a sailboat we've had two kids and sailed thousands of miles along the coast of Central America, the United States, the Bahamas and currently Baja California. Our family of four is always ready for the next adventure and we’re never quite sure where it will take us next. Oh, the places we still have yet to go!
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7 Responses to Land Cruising

  1. Robert Gallant says:

    Hi Guys!

    Glad to hear you are back in Ensenada safe and sound. I enjoyed your update post! Thanks for having us on the list.

    Your tent looks great! I had one similar some time ago. It’s a 3 room tent? I would recommend a portapoty to complete the home away from home equipment. They come in really handy on multiday trips.

    Hope to have an opportunity to see you soon!

    Laura & Robert

  2. Sandy and Tom says:

    Sorry we didn’t make it to the funeral home. That is all I have been doing for 2 months is going to visitations. Your grandma was a great person.

  3. Alyson says:

    So sorry for your loss but it appears your children had a wonderful time with all of their cousins. Glad you are back safe and sound.

    BTW: I would love to find out how you make your homemade beer!

  4. Debbie Murrie says:

    So sorry for your loss Nicole. Love seeing your pictures, my how the kids have grown! It was fun meeting Jack on your trip home, maybe next time I can meet you! Safe travels and happy sailing!

  5. Thomas Oates says:

    Enjoyed the family pictures. Hope the camping is a success! (I know it will be.)

    Tom and Gloria

  6. unclelawwy says:

    You gotta teach those glorious kids how to shuck corn properly… how they gonna move on to oysters without trauma if you don’t? Once they get the shucking down, Uncle Larry’s gonna teach them to jive!

  7. Robert Gallant says:

    Jack,

    How are you all doing?

    With respect to your dinner invitation, Laura is still complicated with taking care of Ian in the afternoons, but in order to not delay a reunion, I propose that you and I get together for a beer and a good conversation? We could coordinate a Family gathering for another date where we could invite you all on dry land and thus not have the potential “Ian overboard” issue.

    Best regards and greetings to the Family!

    Robert

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