November 13, 2010
At 5:00 p.m. on November 18 I stepped aboard a plane in La Paz heading back to Olympia to start my first two week rotation. Temperatures in La Paz hovered in the early 80’s. Arriving in Seattle at 11:40 p.m. I was greeted by temperatures in the 30’s and the drive home with son Kirk was accompanied by rain and slush so heavy visibility was severely reduced.
When scheduling my rotations between Touchrain in Mexico and my job in Olympia I hadn’t really contemplated the reality of stepping from summer to winter, winter to summer for the rest of the year. What a shock to the system—a change of clothes for the plane will be required travelling in both directions. And what weather! Temperatures my first week back starting with HIGHS in the low 30s—by the 23rd turned into highs of 26 with a LOW of 12!!! Thanksgiving was snowed out! Kirk, Amy and I were forced to eat an 18 pound turkey on our own—when family cancelled at the last minute, due to poor driving conditions.
Meantime, life for Michael and Jordy continued in LaPaz. Michael, in addition to working on the boat, played tennis. Jordy found her favorite places to lounge in the shade along the dock and managed to make friends with most of the marina!
For obvious reasons, I can’t wait to return to La Paz on December 4th.