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