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the adventure has begun

Nev made the call to get out of San Francisco yesterday and head on down to Oxnard before the weather from the Baja reaches up the coastline...
he and the boys are on the water as I write this and hope to be back in Oxnard by Wednesday, weather permitting.
I had a chilly walk in Indy this morning before boarding my flight to Denver....
I'll be picking DAZI up there and driving her back to Oxnard over the next few days, hoping to stop in Crested Butte, Bryce and Zion Canyons and Bakersfield along the way...
Heidi Love's pending arrival permitting :)

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Packed with pleasure.
09/22/2014, Indianapolis, IN

My four days back in Indy with Christopher and Allison were packed with pleasure!
A tour of Eli-Lilly to see where Christopher works and eats and learns...
Yummy dinner at St Elmos to celebrate his passing both Pharmacy Board Exams (such a clever kid I think)... I've finally tasted the horseradish shrimp cocktail I've heard do much about!
a 15 mile bike ride for lunch in Broadripple, leaving me with a sore butt and happy memories...
teaching Christopher to make cottage pie....
listening to the two of them laughing as they watched football and scored points in their Fantasy Football League...
teaching them card games and then being thoroughly beaten... don't they know to show respect to their parents???!!!
And then saying goodbye....
but only till next time...
I can't imagine this beautiful city covered in snow and 30 degrees below zero in a few months...
I want to see it for myself...
and to teach Christopher to make some warm soups for those chilly nights!
Thanks for sharing your lives and laughs with me... I love you both xx

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You light up my life!

Happy Anniversary my honey!
It's been 7 years since we had our first date, our first kiss!
Thanks for the best seven years ever!
Cant wait to see you back in Oxnard on BLUE...
and continue on for the next seventy seven years!!!
I love love love you xxx
You light up my life.

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A BLUE update.
09/17/2014, the deep blue Pacific

Neville, Matt and George are on the move in BLUE.
The weather looked great on Sunday and so they left Anacortes on schedule, spent the night in Friday Harbor, and have been on their way on the ocean since then. Our communications are limited as they are traveling about 40 miles off the coastline, but this is what I know:
Yesterday the seas were bumpy and they caught 5 salmon,
today the seas were calmer and they pulled 3 albacore on board!
Thrilled to hear they're safe and happy and that our freezer will be completely full by the time they get home! Good job guys!
Fish fry anyone???

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A deluge in Del Rio
09/17/2014, Del Rio, Texas

The past 5 days have been filled with a deluge of emotions, starting with the sense of pride and excitement I felt when I saw my first "Laughlin Air Force base" sign and ending with tears as I drove away this morning leaving my sweet Stephen and Candace still tucked up in bed.
The base is huge and filled with a constant humming of airlanes taking off and landing... and me looking up wondering which one Stephen is controlling.. they go so fast... and its hot for these young men and women in their overalls, and I want to remind Stephen to drink more water but I remember he's a Second Lieutenant and not my kid anymore...
and that brings me to the next deluge: a constant river of sweat running over my body... did they name Del Rio for the river or the sweat, I wonder??
Candace and I were lucky enough to sit on the flight line and watch Ste take off..
and to mow the lawn together, take a yoga class together, cook up a storm for Ste when he got home each night, go to church, play "Pandemic" and laugh with their friends as we tried to reveal the spy amongst us, shop and hang out in their comfy military base house, her working on editing photographs, me working through my Christian Yoga Teacher Training modules.
And Stephen and I laughed madly on Friday night as the rain poured down around us while we cooked his famous hamburgers under the cover of the carport!
My five days have flown by and I am so happy I got to be right where I was... deluge of river, sweat and tears and all!
Thanks for having me you two... I loved every minute.
PS: Congrats on passing the check ride today my boy :) so proud!

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Sky lights of Indy.
09/11/2014, Indianapolis, Indiana

I have seen and touched the faces of my children in Indy and it has been very good!
I have loved being in their comfy apartment and sharing space with Gracie, their cat.
It's been heavenly hearing about their lives face to face: Christopher settling into Eli-Lilly and Allison enrolled into the RN program.
I have walked the Canals and the Heritage Trail to my hearts content - this is a gorgeous city!
And last night I got my first pager on my cell phone issuing a Flood warning while the TV screen displayed Tornado warnings!!
We sat out on the balcony and watched as the storm moved over us, Christopher's face electrified as the lightning bolts got closer and louder...
And then the heavy warm rain poured and we went to sleep, lulled by the sound of the drops drumming on our windows...
Today I fly out to Texas to see Ste and Candace, while Nev continues his conference call in Denver...
Star holds tightly onto Heidi in her belly for us...
And Dill continues his journey south.
My heart is light and full :)

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The Lucky Fish
Who: Neville & Maggie
Port: Channel Islands
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Set to depart Channel Islands November 8th, 2009 We plan to head down Baja taking our time fishing and exploring ,we hope to spend a few months in the Sea of Cortez before heading down to Panama . From there to the Galapagos Islands and our Pacific Ocean crossing in February of 2011 to the Marquesas and from there who knows with our final destination Cape Town South Africa
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