Mixed Emotions

Trip Start Oct 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 11, 2007


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Sunday, October 28, 2007

I just logged on to check my G-mail and  got a brief note that Mike McEwen died yesterday.  This was fast. He was a big part of my life when I was younger and I have part of him, from mannerisms - to sayings - to thoughts - to attitudes, in me, sort of like when you hang out with a person a bunch, they wear off on you, you on them and together new things are invented. I really do not know what to with this information, Mikes gone and I will never see him again. At only 46? It happens at a strange time in my life as things are changing and I myself am on a bit of a journey, getting out my daily routine, having time to think and reflect, meet new people and see how other people are different yet totally the same.

I did think of Mike on my trip today as there is an 80īs radio station, here in Patagonia in the small town. Carlton, from Texas, joined me to explore the Valdes Peninsula. He is 23, graduated from the University of Texas and traveling in SA for about 9 months to learn Spanish and think. We caravaned with a crazy group of 5 Israelis.

Talk about desolation, this place reminds me of Baja without the Cacti, in fact is much like our family trip to go whale watching in December, just 10 months ago. Wash-boarded, dirt roads and lots of country. We got up super closes to many whale mothers with their new borns. These are Souther Right Whales and they are huge! After arriving back on shore we grabbed a quick cafe grande, of course and drove out into the wilderness, with promise of wild life. Lots of ranches or estancias out here on the national preserve. We saw Sheep, Cows, Lamas, horses, Elephant Seals, a few snakes, weirdo rodents, seals, and few penguins and a really friendly gray fox. Lots of dusty driving and the truth be told, we have more Elephant seals in California. But one of the best parts was just to get out into the wilderness.

Off topic, as I was waiting to board the plane, I was engaged in some major people watching, only understanding a small portion of the conversations and have confirmed what we all know. That people are people, everywhere in the world. There were kids with parents, grand parents, businessmen, anxious people, mellow people, big, small, fat, thin, old, young, etc. Take away the Spanish language and different brand of clothing and this slice of life could be from the US. No stereotyping allowed. 

A bit dusty, I arrived back to find I have three Welsh roommate for the night. Need dinner and a shower.

Many memories are coming in. Steve, Mike, myself and Asia had a great trip to baja while Steve was still in school and Amanda was only one (19 years ago, man how time flys) there was lots of tequilla, yelling at a Mormon, fishing and trips to Santa Rosilia and Mulege, and we survived a major wreck after driving 14 hours straight in Tia Juana. Mike was always "the" guy to have on a rode trip. We made a video VHS, I think will watch with Steve upon returning.
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