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Packing For Panama
Andrew
07/31/2007, Moraga

This morning I awoke early to the sound of Canadian geese flying overhead. What an incredible wake up call. The weather has been nothing short of glorious here in the beautiful bay area, and I will miss it greatly. The fog rolls in every night and cools down the warm air which makes for great nights in the backyard and comfortable sleeping. Last night my family sat in the backyard and watched the fog roll over the brown hills and the stars come to life. Mom made her famous double chocolate brownies too, which was nice, especially with a big glass of cold milk. I think she is trying to make me miss home!!

I got up quite early and began the daunting task of packing everything into bags and boxes. I am bringing down quite a bit of gear to keep us entertained and safe for the next several months, so fitting everything into the least amount of bags and boxes became a bit of a Houdini act. The monster-sized spear gun and dive gear top the list, followed by my laptop, Ipod, special spices, and various boat parts. We need to install a new traveler when I get down there, so I have TONS of nuts and bolts and rope to around. I figure I'll be in excellent shape should a "Castaway" situation present itself. In fact, I've always day-dreamed about situations like that and how I would actually do. In this case, I'd most likely be eating Sashimi Tuna with smoked paprika and windsurfing by the time the afternoon breeze picks up.

I leave for Panama City in just a few hours and hope to have a seamless trip down to the lower latitudes. Chris and Julie have arranged a ride from the airport with Eduardo, so that will help me tremendously. I planned on taking the 2 hour/$2 dollar bus ride with the locals and their chickens, so the trip is already looking pleasantly optimistic. I'm sure my outlook will change when immigration/customs see the amount of bags and boxes I arrive with. "Hola Amigos!!" says Andrew. Immigration is going to love me.

Hopefully my laptop and wireless will be up and running in a few days when I arrive in Colon. I plan on posting a few words about the trip down and my initial breaths Central American air. Next stop, Colon Panama!! Cheers to that!!

08/13/2007 | Justin Winters
Its incredibley bold and courageous to pack up your enitre life and leave for an adventure. I commend you for that and I hope I find inspiration to do the same one day. Have a wonderful time! Winters
Time With Shelby
Andrew
07/28/2007, Moraga

Although this week was quite busy with an extensive "to do" list, I have been fortunate enough to have the help of my great family. My sister Julie drove down from Portland with her beautiful and bubbly daughter, Shelby. Shelby is one and a half and full of fun and giggles. She goes everywhere with us, helps with ANYTHING she can, and has been a real treat. Today we went to a nice park in San Ramon, played in the sand, and water fountain. She is quite a climber and enjoys going up or down steps that are entirely too high for her. Fortunately we had limited spills and kept mom happy. I am really going to miss her when I am gone. She grows up so fast!!

My parents have also been a huge help and are very excited for me and my future adventure. Best of all is the fact that they're letting me keep all my extra crap at their house while I'm gone!! Parents are so great.

07/28/2007 | Ken & Lori S/V Trim
Sounds like a great trip. We've been following Chris & Julie for over a year now...great couple.

Say hi from us when you see them.

Cheers,
Ken & Lori Newell
Giants Game
Cold, Windy & Foggy!!
07/26/2007, San Francico

My dad and I have been following the Barry Bonds home run chase and thought it'd be fun to catch one last game before I left. We had a great time, despite Barry Bonds sitting on the bench all night! It was classic San Francisco weather too....wind pushing 20+ with fog. I'll miss the beautiful bay!!

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