Archive for October, 2011

. homage to a babe .

Dillbert (funny bunny mcnasty) Attenborough passed away Sunday evening in Phoenix AZ of what I can only assume was a heart attack.  barely over one year old, we liked to joke she was more well traveled than most Americans. from Florida to Alaska, across international borders, romping in the desert and the snow, as well as riding on an airplane.

Although her life was short, there is no doubt that the moments we had with her were full of life and full of love.

snuggle bunnies

For me, there is nothing easy about death, there never has been, and I can’t imagine there ever will be. The going to a better place never set well in my heart, especially since I always strive to make this place [where ever i may be] the place to be. I had/have so much love in my heart for that 3.6 pounds of pure love it is unbelievable.

the last 2 years of my life have been full of the highest highs and the lowest lows that I am starting to relate to the search some seem to have for stability. I am always excited for my next adventure, but have a constant struggle with the sadness of loss and trials of life that reside in my heart.

My heart is exhausted.

the chew marks on my computer cable are only a small reminder of the large impact she had on my heart.

she was the most precious thing, ever.

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. missin my bonded babe .

. fake smile . real love .

Carmen SanDiego

Watched the red sun rise over the Louisiana bayou this morning, was an absolutely gorgeous image of the southern swamps. Watched the sun rise as I was driving back to the proper time zone (EST), thinking to myself I should be feeling some affinity towards east coast, but in all honestly we destroyed this coast decades before I was even a glimpse on Gods radar. Although it is wonderful to be back in a land of radio stations that last more than twenty miles, 3G, and not having to wonder whether I have service or not, just knowing its an automatic blessing for dealing with this concrete jungle, there is just something missing.

Stayed with Tim last night, stayed with him this time last year on my way home from Wyoming, weird to think this year has only been one year. Always wonderful to see him and Tyson, we had an enjoyable evening together as we have always managed to do.

A few things in my life that were uncertain that I have been able to do further research on during my journey;

1)      Oklahoma City IS my least favorite city in America.

2)      Atlanta is my favorite city in America to drive in.

Oklahoma City; I thought possible last time driving there I was in a bad mood and possibly over judgmental if the people dining in the restaurant Dad and I dined in, but fact of the matter is, that place just stinks.

Hadn’t been through Atlanta since April last year, I remembered being excited about the way people drive here and  wondered if it was a fluke. Drove into town tonight close to ‘rush hour’, and experienced the same feeling. Not very many other places do the drivers not change with the impeding caution sides on the road. “construction zone”, “speed limit reduced”. As the speed limit drops from 70 to 55 entering the city, the average speed by drivers in the middle lane is a steady 75, construction zone or not. And none of the annoying speeding that gets caught up with people who don’t know where they are going, because everyone knows exactly where they are going, and are driving like they are interested in getting there, and that pleases me.

So now I am at Emmys, with her boy and her monster. Always good to see my sister.

Come Sail Away

I have secured my winter position upon the National Geographic Sea Lion. A small cruise ship made for ecotourism/exploring and set up with only 31 guest cabins. I will be a steward with a 6 month contract. I will be spending most of my time in Costa Rica and Panama, and ending my contract in Alaska. I have inserted my ships schedule below in case anyone is interested in where I will be headed.

The last blurb is about the ships time in the Pacific Northwest, and I am currently scheduled to be off the ship by then.

Currently hanging out in Dallas, but I should be home within a week or so.

Stayed with Vince in Kansas, and my friend Brian in Colorado. Had a lot of fun in both places. Kansas is lucky to have Vince, and I always feel lucky to be in Colorado. Was offered a job while in Colorado, and almost stayed, but I am currently a little more interested in not working at the moment.

Excited to treat myself to a new camera when I get home. I figure its the least I can do for missing my half birthday this year!

❤ you!

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Alaska, British Columbia and San Juan Islands
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Exploring Alaska’s Coastal Wilderness
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Costa Rica and the Panama Canal
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Panama To Costa Rica + Monteverde, Arenal Volcano And Sarapiqui
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Monteverde + Costa Rica And Panama
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Many Faces of Panama and Costa Rica
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Costa Rica And The Panama Canal Photography Expedition
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