Peaks and valleys on the way back to Canada
When I last sat down to write, we were finishing up our time in Playa del Carmen. I find these posts where I have to try and cover a lot of ground challenging to write (so please forgive me if this post is a bit on the boring side). I’m better at “depth” than breadth.
We made the drive back (safely) across the country after that to spend another month in San Miguel de Allende to finish out our time in Mexico. With school work out of the way for the year, we simply focused on enjoying our time there. One of my favourite things was waking up early in the morning, and watching the hot air balloons float over the town.
And enjoying the colours of the beautiful hand-crafts at the markets.
We enjoyed time with some old and new friends during our month in SMA, and were sad to leave the town that has in many ways started to feel like home to us.
On the 180th day of our visa, we crossed out of Mexico and into the United States at Laredo and started our western USA road trip as we made our way up to British Columbia. We made sure to include one of Marcus and my favourite places on this trip so we could share it with the kids – Sedona. And… Sedona did not disappoint this time around. It was as beautiful as we remembered it, and Morgan and Artie enjoyed it too.
Our next couple of stops in California were special ones, as we got to spend time with family and friends in Arcadia and San Francisco. I think that my biggest regret from this road trip, is that I didn’t think to take more pictures – especially on these stops. But, these visits were as special to us as the sparkles were that we saw in the morning on San Francisco Bay.
We got to see a side of California that we didn’t know existed as we continued our trip north. I had no idea that California had so many mountains, lakes and natural areas.
And of course, we couldn’t resist a stop in “Weed” California as we drove through. That is Mount Shasta in the background.
Our trip continued through Oregon and Washington before we crossed the border back into Canada near Vancouver. Our welcome back to our native land was a rainy and cold one, and we shivered away on the ferry across to Vancouver Island. Then after dinner with friends and a good night’s sleep – we drove to the location that will be our “home” until early August on Mount Washington. We are settling in here, and enjoying the view.
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Professionally, I am an e-learning instructional designer who breaks down the barriers of space and time in learning. Personally, I'm the Mom in the Little-Green Family, and co-planner in our adventures.